GOP Sen. Cory Gardner is calling on his Republican colleagues to pass a bill to end the federal government shutdown without President Trump’s demanded $5 billion for a border wall with Mexico, reports The Hill.
Gardner became the first Senate Republican to call for ending the partial shutdown now in its 13th day.
“I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it last Congress, we should do it again today,” he said.
The Hill reports:
Gardner says the onus will then be on Democrats to explain why they don’t support more money for border security after they voted to spend an additional $46 billion on the border in 2013.
All but five Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee last year voted for a homeland security funding bill that allocated $1.6 billion for border fencing. Democratic leaders have since retrenched their offer, proposing $1.3 billion — the same amount Congress appropriated for fiscal 2018 — for border fencing.
“We can pass legislation that has the appropriations number in it while we continue to get more but we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open,” Gardner said, referring to the funding number for border fencing that Democrats have already agreed to.
Gardner said negotiations on Trump’s proposed border wall can resume once federal agencies are reopened and Republicans can “let Democrats explain why they no longer support border security.”