On Monday afternoon, Joe Biden hosted a gathering of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During the meeting, he criticized House Republicans for wasting time debating a stopgap bill when the September 30 deadline is quickly approaching.
He deviated from the plan and warned that African Americans would be disproportionately impacted if a US government shutdown took place.
“And now [Republicans] are reneging on the deal…and the black community in particular is going to suffer if that occurs,” Biden said.
Since the start of Joe Biden’s presidency, his backing from African American voters has drastically decreased by 17 points.
With the September 30 deadline approaching, last week House Republicans withdrew a stopgap bill that was meant to prevent a government shutdown. This decision was made due to disagreements between members of the Freedom Caucus and other factions within the Republican Caucus.
At the negotiations, Congressman Byron Donalds vehemently criticized legislators who are open to collaborating with the Democrats in order to prevent a shutdown.
“A lot of my colleagues, Freedom Caucus members, etc., need to be very concerned about the fact that we do have some Republican members who are willing to sign on to a clean [continuing resolution] with the Democrats, and basically eliminates out leverage to do anything,” Donalds told reporters on Tuesday, according to Fox News.
“I don’t take that lightly. There’s multiple games afoot in this town,” Donalds said.
Fox News reported that Donalds’ proposal to fund the government for 30 days with an 8% cut includes a border security bill.
“There’s no money in the House right now for Ukraine. It’s not a good time for him to be here, quite frankly,” Donalds told reporters.
McCarthy on Saturday backtracked and said he will keep the $300 million of Ukraine aid in the Pentagon funding bill.