WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) supports border security, but he says he thinks it’s wrong to shut down the government, and that’s why he was one of seven Republicans who joined with Democrats to pass a bill that would restore funding to federal departments that aren’t associated with border security.
“We shouldn’t hold those parts of our government hostage over this fight to spend $1.3 billion or $5 billion for added border security,” he told KUMA News.
President Donald Trump plans to address the nation tonight regarding the shutdown and border security. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said recently that he feels the shutdown needs to be ended and then all parties can turn to the question of funding border security.
Walden said ending the shutdown is in the hands of President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.
“That’s going to be up to the great deal maker, Donald Trump, to go make a deal with two antagonists,” Walden said. “The three of them in the room are going to have to figure it out.”