Congressman McKinley speaks out on government shutdown

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Monday marked day 31 of the partial federal government shutdown and there are still no signs of negotiation between President Trump and Congressional Democrats.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) has said he remains undecided as to whether or not he will sign off on $5.7 million in border wall funding in exchange for proposed immigration reform.

Meanwhile, the President has an ally in Congressman David McKinley (R-West Virginia), who agrees that there is a crisis at the Southern border.

“If Nancy Pelosi would just simply go public and say for the next 30 days or so, we will negotiate fairly and honestly, then I think we would open up government,” Congressman McKinley told 7News. “But, no one trusts her. It’s a matter of trust. So, that’s why we have to keep it closed, why Trump wants to keep it closed. We’ve got to get this thing resolved and we have a tool now to get this thing done. I think, I’m hoping the American public will recognize there is a crisis in the Southwest corner. We’ve got to get this thing resolved, but far too many people around in Congress don’t believe there’s a crisis yet.”

Congressman McKinley also mentioned that aside from constructing a barrier along certain portions of the border between the United States and Mexico, he would like to see more border patrol agents on the ground.

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