'For God's Sake!': Dem Blasts Graham's 'Whining,' Says GOP Can Override Trump Veto to Reopen Gov't
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) called out Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Friday on "America's Newsroom," challenging House and Senate Republicans to reopen the government and forget about funding the border wall.
Sandra Smith asked Maloney about a statement by Graham in which he said, "I have never been more depressed about moving forward than right now."
Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill that he doesn't see a "pathway" to move forward on ending the partial government shutdown, predicting President Trump will not back down on the issue.
Maloney expressed frustration at what he called "whining" from Graham and other Republicans, noting that the votes exist to reopen the government and override a veto by Trump.
"For God's sakes! ... Talk is cheap, just pass the bills," he said, arguing the spending bills already passed in the House could easily pass both chambers, but Republicans will not vote for something Trump opposes.
He said Democrats are in favor of border security, but not Trump's $5 billion "vanity project" that experts say is unnecessary.
"Nobody is talking about open borders, except the president who is demagoguing it," he said, calling it a "stupid idea" and an abuse of presidential authority for Trump to use money from the military construction budget for the wall.
Mr. President, the Democrats are not working in good faith with you.
Declare emergency, build the wall now.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 11, 2019
Maloney said many Republicans oppose the idea of Trump declaring a national emergency in order to appropriate funds for the border wall.
Watch the full interview above.