Hakeem Jeffries tells House Republicans, ‘We’re not paying the ransom note’

Hakeem Jeffries tells House Republicans, ‘We’re not paying the ransom note’

On Thursday, House Republicans were unable to get themselves together and agree to debate a military funding bill, to say nothing of a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries held a press conference to make sure the message to the American people is clear: This will be the “unnecessary Republican shutdown of government.” This is an inherent problem with the Republican Party’s inability to govern.

After walking through the facts and calling out House Republicans for trying to tack right-wing “riders” onto a funding bill, Jeffries summed up what needs to happen: “We need the extreme MAGA Republicans to get their act together in the civil war that’s happening on the Republican side of the aisle.”

After taking a few questions about Republicans’ weak attempts at shading Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Jeffries went back to the real issue at hand: the impending Republican shutdown of the government. And he pulled no punches.

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