Local Lawmakers React to Shutdown

Updated: January 08, 2019 10:52 PM

The partial government shutdown has now stretched into it's 18th day, and local lawmakers are reacting. 

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President Trump has insisted that any funding bill to reopen federal agencies - also include $5.6 billion for his border wall. Local lawmakers like Congressman Sean Duffy are in support of border security funding, and he says he believes $5.6 billion is an appropriate number to address the issue.

"We have a drug epidemic in Wisconsin and Minnesota and across America and 90 percent of it comes across our southern border. We have families and kids making a two-thousand mile journey incentivized with what they think is an open border," said Duffy on a phone interview.

Duffy says he and other republicans would be willing to negotiate with democrats, but says it's the democrats who are not willing to come to an agreement. Democrats however disagree. 

"We did negotiate with republicans in the Senate in order to pass bi-partisan bills. We had a solution in the Senate that was passed almost unanimously, and the problem is that the President first said he was going to support it and then changed his mind," said Senator Tina Smith.

Smith says she is in support of stronger border security, but that a wall is not going to accomplish that. She says the shutdown is a complete waste to taxpayers and public employees. 

Now more than 800,000 federal employees have been affected by the shutdown.

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