Home Minority Whip Steve Scalise told Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Tuesday that Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi needs to change her tone and start making “credible” compromises to avoid another federal government shutdown over border wall financing.
Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on Feb. 5, after refusing to enable him to appear in House chambers throughout the partial government shutdown. On Friday, both chambers of Congress passed a short-term costs bill to reopen the government through Feb. 15– however it consists of no financing for a border wall.
” Nancy Pelosi stated she would not negotiate during the shutdown. OK, now the shutdown is over for the time being,” Scalise informed Cavuto. “Will she lastly begin want to put a dollar amount on the table, to state just how much is she prepared to create to support securing the border?”
Scalise stated that specialists have called for more than $5 billion in wall funding, which Democrats are playing politics. Earlier this month, U.S. Border Patrol chief Carla Provost informed “Your World” that “we definitely do need a wall,” and the president has actually touted the support for one from the nationwide border patrol union at White House press briefings.
FILE – In this Jan. 3 picture, a lady at the border fence in between San Diego and Tijuana, as seen from Mexico. The leading House Republican says a bipartisan border security compromise that Congress wants to produce does not have to consist of the word “wall.” (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File).
” It’s going to take at least 5 and a half billion dollars– our professionals who risk their lives have actually said that’s what it will take to protect our border,” Scalise stated. “What’s Nancy Pelosi ready to place on the table now that we run out the shutdown?
Asked by Cavuto what particularly he was searching for from Pelosi, Scalise responded: “Well, it’s got to be a major, reliable deal. Let’s talk serious. What is your deal? If it’s not $5.7 billion– which is what the experts stated– then what is your number, and how do you back it up?”
TRUMP LEAVES OF BORDER SECURITY SATISFYING WITH PELOSI AFTER SHE DENIES WALL FINANCING
Pelosi has rejected the White House’s attempts at compromise to protect wall financing, consisting of various immigration-related concessions for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) receivers and extensions for emergency situation refugees.
” I do not believe that’s a tenable position for a lot of Democrats,” Scalise stated. “We began seeing over the last few weeks more and more Democrats coming to our side– even Steny Hoyer, the [Democratic] bulk leader– stated physical barriers ought to belong to the option.”
Previously this month, Hoyer, D-Md., informed Fox News that border walls “clearly” work in some circumstances, and rejected Pelosi’s suggestion that walls are necessarily immoral.
And House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told ABC News’ “Today” that he “would not dismiss a wall in certain circumstances,” although he warned that the White Home required a much better “strategy” than just using a wall as a “talking point.”
Democratic leaders previously have supported building border walls. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrats, including then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, supported the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized the construction of some 700 miles of fencing at the border. As of 2015, practically all of that fencing had been completed, according to government figures.
FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. armed force install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas. Performing Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan says the U.S. will be sending out “numerous thousand” more American soldiers to the southern border to offer extra assistance to Homeland Security. He says the soldiers will generally be used to install additional wire barriers and offer increased monitoring of the area. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File).
” The president stated: ‘I do not need a sea-to-shining-sea wall,” Scalise said. “But there has to do with 550 miles of totally vulnerable area where we understand bad things– drugs, human trafficking, even killers discover the border. Let’s start concentrating on those areas.”
He continued: “And if Nancy Pelosi actually does not desire a wall, President Trump has actually said, ‘Hey, I’ll be ready to let you put in language that bans cement wall.’ However have some type of physical barriers. The steel slat barriers right now are what the professionals say work the finest. Let the experts figure that out.”
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The president’s finest possibility to break the ongoing logjam with Pelosi, Scalise stated, is the upcoming State of the Union address.
” They’re visiting President Trump setting out the case for protecting America’s border,” Scalise stated, referring to the large audience expected to watch the president’s speech. “What it’s going to take. There are bad things that happen every day that most Americans never hear about. So let’s in fact lay that case out. And then we’ll see where everybody is going to be.”