The partial government shutdown lingers into its 34th day as Republicans seek U.S.-Mexico border wall funding, while Democrats seek to end the shutdown without providing the desired funding. Now, Vice President Mike Pence is bashing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her continued opposition of the wall funding.
In an interview with FOX Business Network’s Trish Regan, Pence reiterated the president’s commitment to securing the border, and he slammed Pelosi for her refusal to negotiate on the proposed $5.7 billion for a border wall and border security.
“Washington, D.C., is a place where negotiations take place,” Pence said. “But right now, the Democrats refuse to negotiate. They refuse to even come to the table even though we have a crisis on our southern border.
“President Trump made a commitment to the American people that we are going to secure our border,” he continued, adding that a physical barrier is one of those aspects to securing the border.
Pence discussed President Donald Trump’s proposal over the weekend in an effort to end the shutdown.
“For Speaker Pelosi to reject the president’s proposal before he gave his speech should tell the American people everything they need to know about the posture that Democrats have taken in Washington, D.C.,” he said.
“The time has come for the Democrats to come to the table, bring their ideas, and we will secure our border and reopen the government,” Pence added.
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Made clear to @Trish_Regan we have a crisis on our southern border. Some 2,000 people a day are attempting to come into the US illegally on our southern border. That's 60,000 people a month. And @POTUS made a commitment to the American people to SECURE OUR BORDER. pic.twitter.com/ASw44R1BKy
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 24, 2019
Over the weekend, Trump offered a shutdown-ending proposal that would provide three-year protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other immigrants in exchange for border wall funding.
“I am here today to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis along the southern border,” Trump said during his speech on Saturday.
Pelosi, though, shot it down, calling it a “non-starter” before Trump even offered his proposal. The president fired back at Pelosi, saying she has “officially become a radical Democrat,” as IJR Red reported.
In an effort to end the shutdown, there are two opposing proposals that the Senate is set to vote on Thursday. However, it’s unclear if either proposal will pass, as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues to affect 800,000 furloughed workers.