As the federal government shutdown dragged into its second week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) lambasted President Donald Trump for sending Washington into chaos with demands for billions in border wall funding.
During a Sunday appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” the congressman contended that elected officials must manage public money responsibly, rather than throwing it away it on a barrier he felt was outdated.
“What Donald Trump and the Republicans want to do is waste $5 billion in taxpayer money on an ineffective, medieval border wall that is a 5th-century solution to a 21st-century problem,” Jeffries said.
“Yes, we need comprehensive immigration reform. Yes, we need to enhance border security,” he added. “But we are not willing to pay $2.5 billion or $5 billion in wasting taxpayer dollars on a ransom note because Donald Trump decided that he was going to shut down the government and hold the American people hostage. That’s unreasonable.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on government shutdown negotiations: "What Donald Trump and the Republicans want to do is waste $5 billion in tax payer money on an ineffective, medieval border wall that is a 5th century solution to a 21st century problem" https://t.co/BxmoVXvCTk pic.twitter.com/j4ISDQsaSi
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The shutdown began on Dec. 22 and was triggered by Congress’ inability to agree on a spending bill. The latest version, which included $5 billion for Trump’s wall, was passed by the GOP-led House but came to a screeching halt in the Senate. It’s unlikely government operations will be up and running until the House flips to Democratic control on Thursday.