House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) took to the House floor on Friday to discuss the shutdown and the crisis at the border. He made it very clear that what's happening along the United States-Mexico border is, in fact, a crisis. He cited the number of drugs, human trafficking and murder cases to back up the claim.
But Scalise made one point very clear: the government would be open if Democrats were willing to work through the weekends to come to a compromise with Republicans. Instead, they adjourn, go home and enjoy the weekend while hundreds of thousands of federal employees are being furloughed. And they're not willing to make any kind of compromise.
Today I tried to get answers from the Democrat Majority Leader on how they can claim this is a fabricated crisis when 17,000 criminals were caught trying to cross the border last year & 90% of the heroin in the US that's killing Americans at record rates comes across our border. pic.twitter.com/PPraLX4kgj— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 11, 2019
But Democrats don’t want to hear the facts. They don’t want to hear about the criminals, drugs, and trafficking pouring over our southern border into our communities. Why? Because the reality undermines their open borders agenda. pic.twitter.com/5r0u2REGcT— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 11, 2019
To make matters even worse, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn't give the Republicans more than a dollar for the border wall.
When President Barack Obama was in office, the situation at the border was a crisis and Democrats were willing to help out their guy. Now that Trump is asking for the same thing, all bets are off and suddenly what's taken place on the southern border no longer matters. And it's disgusting that this is their thought process.
We could have the government open today if Democrats were willing to even try to propose a serious offer that addresses wall funding. But instead, Nancy Pelosi said she wouldn’t offer more than $1 for the wall. That’s how unserious Democrats are about reopening the government. pic.twitter.com/PODePY7HYw— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 11, 2019
Democrats love to complain to the media about the government being closed, but for the 2 weeks they’ve had the majority, they’ve voted to leave for the weekend—over the objection of Republicans—instead of staying to work with us and @realDonaldTrump on a solution. Talk is cheap. pic.twitter.com/sOkInfEkgA— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 11, 2019
The ball is in your court, Democrats. Will you put your money where your mouth is?