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U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Chicago was the one Democrat within the U.S. Home to vote towards an emergency funding plan aimed toward averting a federal authorities shutdown, citing the invoice’s lack of funding for Ukraine in its struggle towards Russia’s invasion.

The persevering with decision handed the Republican-led Home on the power of Democratic votes as Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California proposed a “clear” invoice that additionally was stripped of things pushed by far-right components of the GOP caucus who demanded elevated border safety and spending cuts.

Consequently, Quigley, a progressive from the North and Northwest Aspect and west suburbs, discovered himself within the uncommon place of being on the identical facet of the invoice as U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and all three Illinois Home Republicans, Darin LaHood of Peoria, Mike Bost of Murphysboro and Mary Miller of Oakland.

The general roll name was 335-91 as Home lawmakers accepted the 45-day funding measure, which was handed and despatched to the Senate solely hours earlier than a 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1 deadline. If no laws is handed by then, that may result in a authorities shutdown. There have been 209 Democrats becoming a member of 126 Republicans in favor, whereas of the 91 opposed, 90 have been Republicans.

Quigley is co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus and he lashed out at these Republicans who’ve been essential of elevated U.S. assist to Ukraine in its struggle towards Russia.

“This invoice is a victory for Putin and Putin-sympathizers all over the place. We now have 45 days to right this grave mistake,” Quigley mentioned in an announcement, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I had a accountability to my constituents to voice my opposition to this determination and lift issues now, earlier than Russia-friendly Republicans dig of their heels or declare victory within the subsequent funding settlement,” Quigley, in his 14th yr within the Home, mentioned in explaining his “no” vote.

Quigley mentioned makes an attempt by Republicans to argue {that a} selection should be made between America and Ukraine are “presenting a false dilemma. Defending Ukraine is in our nationwide curiosity.”

In a information convention after the vote, McCarthy was noncommittal on bringing a separate Ukraine assist invoice to the ground, although he mentioned he helps Ukrainians of their trigger towards Russia.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, a member of the Home Democratic management, derided infighting amongst Republicans for placing the nation “on a collision course in the direction of a authorities shutdown.” However she additionally acknowledged “I might have appreciated to see funding for Ukraine included.”

“There’s nonetheless broad bipartisan help for persevering with our help to Ukraine. We’ll by no means flip our backs on them. We’ll get Ukraine the help they want,” she mentioned in an announcement.

Bost, who’s going through a main problem from final yr’s unsuccessful Republican governor nominee, Darren Bailey of Xenia, mentioned his vote towards the funding measure was as a result of it lacked “any critical reforms on spending or border safety.”

“The individuals of Southern Illinois despatched me to Washington to revive fiscal sanity and safe our southern border,” Bost mentioned in a statement on X, previously generally known as Twitter.

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