Byron Donalds signals deal reached to temporarily avoid government shutdown

The Naples Republican served as a key negotiator on a continuing budget resolution.

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds is signaling that enough conservatives in Congress will support a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

The Naples Republican posted on social media that the House will pass a budget, but one that doesn’t tie additional Ukraine funding to other functions. A continuing resolution will fund the government for another month.

“The 30-day CR does 2 things: 1. Secure the southern border. 2. Cut government spending by 8%,” Donalds posted on X. “There is NO Ukraine $$$. The truth is Congress needs more time to do the necessary spending cuts and reforms to stop the weaponization of our government and save our country.”

Roll Call reported late Sunday that House negotiators reached a deal on a resolution, with Donalds serving as one of the chief negotiators for the Freedom Caucus.

That has prompted backlash among conservative hardliners but Donalds issued a statement on Monday defending his position.

“This morning, as the phones rang in my office, I did something most elected officials hardly do — I answered the phones and listened. Caller after caller uttered the same sentiment: they feel lied to and sold down the river by Washington politicians. Not too long ago, I was that frustrated constituent. What House Republicans are attempting to achieve is straightforward: much-needed border security and real budget cuts,” Donalds said.

“I didn’t come to Washington to be hoodwinked by party insiders, the swamp, or the uniparty — I came to get the job done. The measure I helped craft is a win for the conservative movement and conservative policies like securing our border and getting our fiscal house on the right track, two things the Democrats vehemently oppose. I’ll never turn my back on the people who elected me to serve the great residents of Florida’s 19th Congressional District or the conservative movement.”

Donalds notably emerged as a key figure earlier this year in negotiating the deal to name U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House Speaker.

Congress over the past two months has appeared deadlocked over a supplemental budget request from the White House. The request tied a number of government functions together, including replenishment of a federal Disaster Relief Fund and military aid to Ukraine.

Several Florida lawmakers have lobbied aggressively to separate the Ukraine funding from the vote.

“The Freedom Caucus is fighting to secure the border and stop the reckless (government) spending that’s created $32 TRILLION in debt and high inflation,” U.S. Rick Scott, a Naples Republican, posted on X. “As House Republicans continues this important work, I won’t rest until my Federal Disaster Responsibility Act is passed and signed into law.”

But other lawmakers from the state remain unhappy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, the only Florida Republican in the House who refused to support McCarthy as Speaker, said the resolution falls short. He said Congress needs to defund existing support for Ukraine and for a Special Counsel investigation of former President Donald Trump.

“This Continuing Resolution to fund Ukraine and Jack Smith’s election interference is a betrayal of Republicans,” Gaetz posted on X. “We must do better.”

U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a St. Petersburg Republican, signaled she will vote against the deal that has been negotiated, citing similar reasoning.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • EliotG

    September 18, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Sorry Mr. Donalds. We’ve heard this before. One of the promises made by Republicans when they took the House majority was to end these continuing resolutions and return to providing the 12 appropriation bills to fund the federal government. To date, only one bill has been released by the Appropriations Committee and not yet even voted on. Where are the other 11? Keeping the government open for another 30 days is BS. You guys are not doing your jobs.

    • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

      September 18, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Smelliott welcome back,
      I did not aurthorise you to change the spelling of your name. Remember Smelliott you still work for me and your job is to follow up my genious truth knowledge drop posts with your wacky Dook 4 Brains Leftist comments cleverly designed to make me, Earl Pitts American, appear even more of the genious than I really am.
      So if you got in a bad car wreck and knocked your head and forgot who you are and forgot how to spell your name I order you to just get better and get back to work for me.
      Thanks Smelliott and welcome back buddy,
      Your Boss,
      Earl Pitts American

      • EliotG

        September 18, 2023 at 4:13 pm

        ROTF LMAO

    • Richard Russell

      September 19, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      Better to shut it down. But that is a farce. The government won’t shut down, only the non essential will stay home, where in fact they should stay forever. Our elected officials talk of smaller government, then when elected they pay their buddies back by putting them in a government position of do nothing or of corruption. We need fewer dead beats in DC and that includes the Lobbyists.

  • Alexandra Zakhvatayev

    September 18, 2023 at 10:48 am

    You give them an inch, and they take a mile

    Now that they appear to have removed the Ukraine aid from the stopgap bill, the freedom caucus is asking for even more. They are now asking to defund aid to Ukraine

    My friends, these actions are the equivalent of destroying Ukraine as a country. If US cuts aid to Ukraine, then balance tips the scale to Russia.

    This is unacceptable for Americans who have invested hundreds and billions to stop Russian aggression in Ukraine. Now, when Ukraine needs it most, we cannot defund aid. In fact, we need to be giving more, and fast, to end this once and for ALL

  • My Take

    September 18, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Once Russia went fŕom communist to oligarch, rightwing Republlicans like it.

  • John Ells

    September 18, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    The Putin loving Republicans are showing their hand. They want the people of Ukraine under Putin’s thumb because Putin demands it. Not mentioned directly is their sideways belief that Trump has been unfairly charged and is going to trial. They want Trump back in Washington under a new title of “Dictator for Life” and subservient to Russia. Putin stated just recently that his invasion of Ukraine would be completed if our elections were more favorable in 2019, and the future looks grim. He needs his Trump and Republican stooges working harder for him.
    Putin’s next gambit is securing the support of US industry. This became obvious when Musk talked to Putin directly and then turned off Ukraine’s access to Starlink to protect Russia’s aggression. He now has Twitter (now X) to provide Putin Acolyte’s a propaganda outlet without interferences’. Is Musk now an unregistered agent of Russia?
    The real Freedom loving members of the House and Senate should investigate Musk before anything else, and prohibit the launch of any US owned payloads on a SpaceX launch vehicle until he proves he is not an Agent of Russia..

    • EliotG

      September 18, 2023 at 1:36 pm

      And yet Putin took Crimea under Obama. Obama did nothing. Putin did nothing under Trump. Putin invaded Ukraine under Biden. What’s Biden’s goal in Ukraine other than sending $billions there? How much of that money is coming back to Biden? Here’s something to ponder. Putin’s invasion might have succeded if Musk hadn’t given Urkraine access to Starlink.

  • PeterH

    September 18, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Republicans can “secure the border” with legislation!



    • PeterH

      September 18, 2023 at 12:51 pm


  • Michael K

    September 18, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Congressional Republicans mistake performative stunts and social media clamoring (looking at you, M Gaetz) with actual governing. It is their jb to keep the government running smoothly. For all their talk of “running it like a business,” can you imagine how businesses would react to CEOs who “shut it down” in temper tantrums?

    The instability these clowns create also impacts the economy – so stupid.

  • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

    September 18, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    Warning America:
    Byron Donalds is my, Earl Pitts American’s, Brother From Another Mother. He’s recently put me in charge of monitoring his online hate comments made against him by Dook 4 Brains Leftist Honkeys.
    FYI for you Dook 4 Brains who reside above the Mason – Dixon line, or those which drive Suburu SUV’s, a Honkey is a White person.
    So y’all watch y’all’s mouths unless y’all want The Brother From Another Mother, Earl Pitts American, dancing on your fool head.

    • Richard Russell

      September 19, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      Who the F… are you? You have an identical ego to that POS Publicity Hound in Naples.

  • Richard Russell

    September 19, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    The GOP members who fold to the Dems deserve nothing more than our boot out the door ASAP. Vote the dirtbag shills for the Democrap Party who know it’s useless to run as a Dem so they get into the GOP primary and the dumb voters elect them thinking they are real. But they are only REAL DEMs in RINO clothes.

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