South Dakota senator says Senate republicans made it clear they don't want another government shutdown

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 3:38 PM CST
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We could be just over two weeks away another partial government shutdown.

Avoiding that is a top priority for many in the nation’s capital.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) says Senate republicans have made it clear they don’t want another government shutdown.

Wednesday, Rounds said, “It’s bad public policy, there’s better ways to do this, so we’re not interested in seeing this shutdown move forward.”

On Capitol Hill, a group of republicans and democrats are trying to come up with a plan for border security.

The heart of the battle is democrats want no new money for a border wall, but President Trump does.

Rounds said, “He [Trump] wants another 234 miles, perhaps something in the middle is something that we can get accomplished as long as we’re still working at border security which includes more than just those physical barriers, it also includes the electronics, the manpower, and so forth.”

Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted, “If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!”

Right now, February 15th is the deadline for Congress and the president to reach a compromise.

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