Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., discussed the looming government shutdown with Charlie Kirk. He posted a clip of the interview to X on Tuesday, stating, “The government is going to shut down in 11 days.”
Donalds then laid out what House Republicans are negotiating as they seek to fund the government. The first issue is government spending. On Monday, the New York Times reported that the U.S. National Debt surpassed $33 trillion.
Despite this, American lawmakers are considering giving Ukraine more aid as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in the U.S. seeking an additional $24 billion, per The Hill.
Donalds noted in his post that House Republicans are focused on addressing the current spending issues, noting, “The idea is let’s cut spending eight percent across the board by eight percent in all the federal agencies.”
In addition, he explained how addressing the border crisis is necessary. He said, “Everybody is seeing the trains full of migrants who are making their way to the southern border.”
“We’ve seen the migrants who are sleeping in streets in New York and Chicago and every other city of our country,” he added.
The border crisis has become so pressing that even the Democrat Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, has called out the Biden administration for not addressing the situation.
According to the Daily Mail, Adams criticized Biden regarding the situation in 2022 and has recently decried Biden’s decision not to meet with him.
Furthermore, Donalds noted in his X post that the potential for a government shutdown is necessary to make headway on other issues.
He stated, “It gives us the ability to negotiate the other spending bills and go from there.”