U.S. Rep. Dr. Mark Green (R-TN-07) questions Democrats’ trustworthiness in a new op-ed.
The op-ed ran on Fox News’ website Friday. It is available here.
Top Democrats are using this line as their new drumbeat, “Open the government and then we will secure the border.” But how can we trust them to keep their word?
Here are four instances in the past 12 months where President Trump and Republicans have reached across the aisle looking for a deal. At every opportunity, Democrats have refused to work with Republicans to secure our border or fix our broken immigration system.
Green goes on to list the examples, including a fight last year over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the brink of a potential government shutdown.
He also makes reference to this shutdown’s damage to the economy and making the country look weak, and asks if Democrats are afraid Trump will win in 2020 over the border wall.
Trump on Friday laid out a plan to end the government shutdown, Breitbart reported:
Trump agreed to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations continued — with no apparent wall funding concessions from Democrats.
The president warned that if Congress could not successfully negotiate a deal including wall funding in three weeks, he would be forced to announce a State of Emergency, which would allow him to shift funds to build border structures without Congress.
Green has asked that he not be paid during the partial federal government shutdown, The Tennessee Star previously reported on Jan. 5.
Green sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representative’s Chief Administrative Officer, Philip Kiko, requesting his salary be suspended until a deal is reached and the partial government shutdown ends.
Green’s thinking is in line with that of former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley tweeted Jan. 3, “Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded.”
Today the new Congress takes office. No member should get paid while the government is shut down and border security is not funded.#DoYourJob 🇺🇸
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 3, 2019
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.