Sen. Hoeven Backs Trump on Border: 'We Need to Secure It, It's What Americans Want'
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said he backs President Trump's call for $5 billion in border security funding, a topic that caused a raucous debate at the White House between the president and Democratic leaders.
Hoeven, a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, said that "the American people really much want border security" and that Trump made a "strong case" for the $5 billion to be appropriated.
"We need to secure the border. I think it's what Americans want," he said, in an apparent reference to Trump's insistence that a wall be built along key parts of the southern border.
Hoeven dismissed Democrat concerns over a government shutdown, saying that if that possibility comes true at 11:59 PM on December 21, it will only be a quarter of the government that is shuttered.
Trump and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) engaged in a fiery back-and-forth on the subject, with Trump accepting the mantle of "blame" for the shutdown -- if it happens.
Hoeven said there is still a good possibility of future bipartisan legislation, as 2019 brings with it a divided Congress and a president visibly at odds with Democrat leaders.
He pointed to the latest Farm Bill as an example of bipartisanship on the behalf of the constituents.
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