GOP Sen. Gardner on Shutdown Deal: 'Same Basic Offer' Was Made to Schumer Friday Night
Sen. Cory Gardner said Monday that Democrats will have to explain to the American people why the nearly three-day government shutdown was necessary.
Gardner (R-Colo.) said the "same basic offer" was available to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday night but it was rejected, causing the government to shut down over the weekend and into Monday.
The Senate has now voted 81-18 to break a Democratic filibuster on a government spending bill, clearing the way for funding through Feb. 8.
"If the first rule of holes is quit digging, I guess they found a way to quit digging today," said Gardner on "Outnumbered Overtime."
Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the agreement comes with a commitment from Senate Republicans to negotiate on immigration, specifically a potential fix for DACA recipients.
Earlier, President Trump called on Republicans to use the "nuclear option" and pass a budget using 50 votes.
The Democrats are turning down services and security for citizens in favor of services and security for non-citizens. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2018
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
Gardner said Schumer and Democrats will have to explain their reasoning for the shutdown.
He said Republicans agree there must be a solution for Dreamers, "children who were brought here at a very young age through no fault of their own."
Gardner explained it must be part of a broader bipartisan bill that strengthens border security, including the "border wall system," and addresses chain migration and the visa lottery program.
Watch the interview above.