UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Tuesday, January 15, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is continuing to question Democrats motives as it relates to the partial government shutdown.
While speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell said the Democrat Party’s stance on border wall funding looks as if it would be from members of the far-left. However, McConnell said it’s party leadership leading the charge to block what the president believes is appropriate for wall funding.
The Kentucky lawmaker gave his colleagues in the Senate a choice on how they want to approach the shutdown.
“So, here in the Senate my Democratic colleagues have an important choice to make — they could stand with common sense, with border experts, with federal workers and with their own past voting records, by the way, or they could continue to remain passive spectators complaining from the sidelines as the speaker refuses to negotiate with the White House,” stated McConnell.
This comes as several Democrats are being accused of flip-flopping on the issue of border security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with high profile Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, all supported a physical barrier at the border in 2006.
McConnell and other Republicans believe Democrats are only changing their stance now because of who is in the White House. GOP lawmakers also believe they are using the shutdown as fuel for the 2020 presidential election.
McConnell highlighted Democrats apparent change of tone.
“Along the way we’ve heard that the new funding of any sort of border barrier, even the kinds that Democrats have supported so recently and so often, would not be — quote — ‘an immorality,’ he stated. “We’ve heard serious proposals brushed aside with joking offers of one dollar to address the critical issue.”
Neither side appears to be budging on border wall funding as the two sides look to be billions of dollars a part. As the record setting shutdown continues and with another migrant caravan on the way from Central America, many wonder whether Republicans or Democrats will be the first to blink.