Republican U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee reasserted her commitment to a wall along the U.S./Mexican border Friday.
Blackburn did so immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump reached a compromise agreement with Democrats to re-open closed portions of the federal government in a dispute that centered primarily on border wall funding.
My statement on the President’s decision to re-open the government: pic.twitter.com/2kxqmFyGRD
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 25, 2019
“President Trump has reached a compromise with Democratic and Republican leaders to reopen the federal government with a short term continuing resolution. While this action solves the immediate problem of funding the back pay of 800,000 federal workers, it does not address the urgent need to end the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. It does not end the illegal flow of drugs, gangs and human traffickers. Congress’ work on this issue is far from over,” Blackburn said in a press release.
“I will continue to support our border patrol and their three essential needs: a border barrier, additional technology and more officers and agents on the border. I also support ending the DACA program, chain migration and the visa lottery system.”
As The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, Trump reached a deal with congressional leaders to reopen the government for three weeks. This, while negotiations over border security funding continue.
“Speaking in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he would sign a bill to open the government until Feb. 15 and start negotiations between the House and Senate over a full-year bill funding the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the border,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
The stopgap spending bill provides no immediate funding for a border wall. Trump said he would continue to push for funding for such a barrier in the next three weeks, according to the newspaper.
The shutdown began Dec. 22.
“The president had considered declaring a national emergency to try to divert funds from elsewhere in the government to fund a wall, which he described Friday as a ‘powerful alternative’ that he didn’t want to use,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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