Republican who has just given BIRTH and has an infection vows to fly back to vote against spending bill because it’s so ‘important’ as GOP goes to battle
Before the ink is even dry on a spending deal between the right-wing House Freedom Caucus and the pragmatic Main Street Caucus, Republicans are lining up to oppose it.
Florida Republican Party Representative Anna Paulina Luna vowed to fly back to Washington, D.C. while battling an infection three weeks after giving birth, to vote no on the deal if necessary.
“If I am needed, I will come,” she said in a statement.
A spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com that she has just overcome the four-day fever and infection and is being treated with antibiotics, ‘but will vote no as I know how important this is.’
Before the ink is even dry on a spending deal between the right-wing House Freedom Caucus and the pragmatic Main Street Caucus, Republicans are lining up to oppose it
Florida GOP Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, above, vowed to fly back to Washington, DC while battling an infection three weeks after giving birth to vote no on the deal if necessary
Luna, 34, gave birth on August 26 and became a mother for the first time while serving her first term in Congress, a historic rarity.
Luna is one of about a dozen Republicans who have so far said they will not vote for the deal released Sunday night that would extend government funding until Oct. 30, giving Congress an additional 30 days to push through spending . But the bill can only pass if there is a small handful of renegades from the Republican party.
The deal would keep funding for Defense and the Department of Homeland Security at 2023 levels, but would cut all other discretionary spending by eight percent across the board. It would also include the Republican Party’s border action in the House of Representatives (HR 2), minus the E-Verify provisions.
The bill does not include funding for disaster relief or funding for Ukraine.
Even if Republicans in the House of Representatives manage to push it through, it will not pass the Democratic-controlled Senate or be signed by the White House.
The deal was authored by Main Street Caucus Chairman Rep. Dusty Johnson, ND, and Freedom Caucus (HFC) member Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida, with input from Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry, Pennsylvania, Main Street Vice Chair Stephanie Bice, Oklahoma, Chip Roy, Texas and Kelly Armstrong, ND
The Freedom Caucus had long ago spoken out against a “clean” continuation of the resolution (CR), but now it appears the caucus is divided on what they want.
Some Republicans who now oppose the HFC-Main Street deal insist they don’t want any further resolution at all and that the House should pass all 12 appropriations bills.
Some say they won’t vote for a CR unless the Justice Department, specifically Special Counsel Jack Smith and his Trump investigations, “gets their funding back.”
Even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a McCarthy ally, vowed to vote no on the CR.
“Oh absolutely. I’m a NO! Funding Jack Smith’s prosecution of Trump is one of my red lines. Also no money for Ukraine or COVID madness. And continuing Pelosi’s policies, even for one day, is unacceptable,” she wrote on X.
Others said they would not vote for Ukraine funding, just as President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Congress later this week, while Donalds reiterated that there is no money for Ukraine in the deal.
Luna gave birth on August 26
“The 30-day CR does two things: 1. Secure the southern border. 2. Reduce government spending by 8%. **There is NO Ukraine $$**,” he wrote on X.
“The truth is that Congress needs more time to make the necessary cuts and reforms to stop the weaponization of our government and save our country.”
With only 12 days left in the month, it’s almost impossible that the House of Representatives could do that and then work out its disagreements with the Senate appropriations bills before the September 30 deadline, when a government shutdown will take effect.
McCarthy was asked if it is time to make a deal with Democrats in the House of Representatives on a short-term CR, a move that could further anger the far right and cost him the presidency. He emphasized that there is still time to reach a deal with Republicans.
‘This isn’t the thirtieth. We still have a long way to go. We have a lot of different ideas,” he told reporters. “I’m in favor of a lot of different ideas, whatever seems like it might get through, and I’ll continue to bring more ideas to the table.”
“We can work on this and we can get this resolved,” he claimed.