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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Wall
As the fight over border wall funding and a government shutdown continues with no end in sight, Tennessee's two Republican senators have taken different approaches in their public stances on the issue. Sen. Lamar Alexander has publicly opposed the shutdown of portions of the government as President Donald Trump holds out for funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, has reinforced her position that a physical barrier along the border is necessary. The president initially said Mexico would pay for a $25 billion wall, but more recently has dropped his request to $5.7 billion which he wants to come from American taxpayers. The US House passed legislation to fund government departments without funding for a wall, but the Senate has not been given an opportunity to vote on a similar bill because the president says he would not sign such legislation. Alexander is encouraged Congress and the president to reopen the government and hold a hearing on the proposed border wall. ďA government shutdown is always the wrong idea," Alexander said. Senator Blackburn has focused on supporting funding for the wall since the shutdown began. "Until that southern border is secure, you are going to have every state a border state and every town a border town," she said. "I think it's outrageous that they do not want to give the border patrol what they need to secure the border and secure the sovereignty of this nation."


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