WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a prime time address from the Oval Office Tuesday night, President Donald Trump called U.S. border security a “crisis.” He continued to urge lawmakers for about $5 billion for a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. Democratic lawmakers have been strongly against it. Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators released statements after President Trump’s address.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) says the president’s address was a clear case for boosting security and humanitarian aid funding at the border. Senator Toomey says he supports these objectives, provided taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively. He says he hopes an agreement can be reached soon. See his full statement below.
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) accuses the president of shutting down the government to force the construction of a wall security experts say won’t work. Casey says President Trump should commit to re-opening the government. He says Congress should then debate and work on legislation mirroring the bipartisan 2013 immigration reform bill. See his full statement below.
U.S. Senator Bob Casey full statement:
“President Trump shut down the government to force the construction of a wall that security experts say won’t work. A concrete or steel wall is not border security. Instead of continuing his shutdown, President Trump should commit to signing the Republican bills passed by the Democratic House that would reopen the government and secure the border with over $1 billion in funding.
Once the government is reopened, Congress should have a substantial debate on how to fix our broken system and begin work on legislation that mirrors the bipartisan 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill. That legislation passed with 68 votes in the Senate and provided $40 billion in funding for border security. It also provided order, rules and certainty for individuals and businesses and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.”
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey full statement:
“Tonight, we heard a clear case for boosting security and humanitarian aid funding at our southern border. I support these objectives, provided taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively.
“President Trump has invited Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer and others to the White House tomorrow to try and end this partial government shutdown. At that meeting, I hope an agreement is reached for the sake of hundreds of thousands of federal employees and their families, who are in jeopardy of missing their next paycheck. There is a deal to be made given that Democrats repeatedly supported billions in funding to maintain and expand the existing 350 miles of security fencing along the southern border prior to President Trump’s election.”