Local lawmakers divided along party lines on government shutdown

WASHINGTON (WEEK) — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) said Democrats need to come to the table to compromise to end the government shutdown.

“If it is again if it’s an agreeable bill, agreeable appropriations I’ll reopen as much government as we can. But Democrats are gonna come to the table and compromise. You know we are too. It’s not going to be just our way or the highway,” said Kinzinger. “You know I think there’s people that probably don’t want to go attach DACA to something like this. We’re going to need to do that. But – this is like a super easy issue to solve and this is what just frustrates me out here is we can all solve this and it’s like an 80 percent agreement with when we’re done — it’s just, nobody wants to give anybody a win or anything else. We’ve got to get past that or we’re going to continue in this stupid shutdown idiocy cycle for the rest of our time here and that’s got to stop.”

The Republican represents Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, which includes parts or all of Putnam, Livingston, Stark, LaSalle, and Bureau counties.

“It’s time for Congress to act. As President Trump outlined tonight, the humanitarian crisis at the southern border needs to be addressed and it is incumbent upon Congress to come together and provide a solution to protect America and her people,” said U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria). “For years, Democrats have supported increases in border security, but instead of coming to the table to work together on a solution, Speaker Pelosi has chosen to play political games ahead of national security to please the most extreme corners of her base. It’s time to put politics aside and work together to end the partial government shutdown and provide critical border security funding.”

On the other side of the aisle, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) called for President Donald Trump to sign bipartisan legislation to reopen the government.

“Hardworking families are hurting because of President Trump’s impulsive decision to shut down the government – farmers, airport security officials and workers at the Peoria Agriculture Lab are being used as pawns in a partisan fight they had nothing to do with. This is just plain wrong,” said Bustos. “For 18 days, the president has refused to sign bipartisan legislation to open the government and fund effective, fiscally responsible measures to secure our borders. While the White House has threatened to keep the government shut down for ‘years,’ I’ll work with anyone to end this reckless shutdown and honor our commitment to keep communities safe.”

“Tonight, what we heard from the Oval Office was a desperate attempt by the President to gain support for his medieval border wall. It won’t work. Democrats support strong border security. And we can have a debate about effective border security, but we shouldn’t do it while holding the federal government hostage,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) “Unfortunately, President Trump has decided to stop paying hundreds of thousands of federal law enforcement personnel and researchers to pressure Congress for his wall. Mr. President, you may have never lived paycheck to paycheck, but many workers do. Stop picking on these federal employees.”

Trump has called for $5.7 billion in funding for a barrier along the country’s southern border in an effort to cut down on illegal immigration. Democrats have resisted including the funding in the federal budget, calling the wall ineffective and too expensive.

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