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Home | News | National News | Every member of Texas’ Congressional Delegation Asked to Weigh in on President Trump’s Proposed Border Wall, Ongoing Government Shutdown.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is the only Texas Republican in Congress who's said funding for a border wall isn't worth the government shutdown. Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Every member of Texas’ Congressional Delegation Asked to Weigh in on President Trump’s Proposed Border Wall, Ongoing Government Shutdown.

WASHINGTON — Members of Texas’ congressional delegation appear to agree on one thing: They want the government shutdown to end.

But when asked by The Texas Tribune and other news outlets whether the stalemate over President Trump’s $5.7 billion border wall is worth federal employees and contractors missing their paychecks, they’re divided along party lines — save for one border lawmaker, Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

Apart from the congressman from Helotes, Republicans reached by the Tribune aren’t breaking ranks with Trump; they blame Democrats for not negotiating with the president.

Democrats, meanwhile, say they won’t vote on any bill that holds federal workers’ paychecks hostage.

Several lawmakers did not respond to multiple Tribune requests for comment.

200,000 federal workers live in Texas.

Should the U.S. government finish the wall along the country’s southern border? Is the stalemate over it worth federal workers and contractors missing their paychecks?
Sen. John Cornyn

Unclear

“There is no one-size-fits-all prescription for the entire border. It’s quite a diverse geography. “

“We could solve this problem in 30 minutes if people were willing to negotiate in good faith and vote for many of the same policies that they’ve already voted for in the past.”

Sen. Ted Cruz

Yes

A spokesperson replied to the wall question with a simple answer: “Yes.”

“Now, they should be paid today. [New York Sen. Chuck] Schumer needs to end this shutdown.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert

R Dist. 1

Yes

“Secure the border so the drugs quit coming and we don’t lose 70,000 more lives a year and Mexico becomes the top 10 economy because we get out the corruption. That’s compassion.”

“[Let the shutdown run] until hell freezes over. Because we owe it to our country.”

Rep. Dan Crenshaw

Rep. Dan Crenshaw

R Dist. 2

Yes

“The president’s proposal — a mix of physical barriers, technology and more Border Patrol agents — is one that benefits everyone.”

Did not comment

Rep. Van Taylor

Rep. Van Taylor

R Dist. 3

Did not comment

Did not comment

Rep. John Ratcliffe

Yes

“The border hasn’t been safe in a long time. This is a humanitarian crisis that has been going on for a long time and it has gotten worse.”

“In political terms we often talk about being smart about picking political battles. Is this a hill worth dying on or for? I believe this is a hill worth dying on and for.”

Rep. Lance Gooden

Rep. Lance Gooden

R Dist. 5

Yes

“I believe that we have to protect the country, and we can still do that and be compassionate to folks. But we’ve got to make sure that we’re protecting our borders and taking care of our citizens first.”

Did not comment

Rep. Ron Wright

Rep. Ron Wright

R Dist. 6

Yes

“I fully support the president’s insistence on funding for border security that includes the steel barrier or wall. Americans have suffered enough because of our porous border.”

“This is a national security issue and the safety and security of the American people have got to come first.”

Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher

No

“The U.S. government should invest in our national security, and should determine how best to do so by listening to experts, consulting those involved and using evidence-based strategies to keep us secure.”

“Shutting down the government for a wall is neither a reasonable nor necessary nor responsible way to govern. That is why I have voted since day one to reopen the government and then address border security and immigration issues in a mature and bipartisan way.”

Rep. Kevin Brady

Rep. Kevin Brady

R Dist. 8

Yes

“I continue to stand with President Trump in his efforts to secure our border and prioritize national security. In the Houston region, we’re all too familiar with the damage caused by MS-13 gangs, drug trafficking and sex trafficking, much of which comes from the southern border.

“The only thing Senator Schumer (D-NY) got right tonight is that there is no excuse to keep the government shut down. It’s time for Senate and House Democrats to come to the table and discuss the President’s common sense solutions to end this humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border, and fully reopen our government.”

Rep. Al Green

Rep. Al Green

D Dist. 9

Unclear

“Regardless of one’s position on the wall, the question is whether we will allow the President to circumvent the legislative process by holding hardworking Americans who have done nothing wrong and deserve to be paid as hostages until he gets his way.”

“I think it is unfair that Americans are being held hostage by President Trump and ransomed at $5.7 billion for a wall that he promised Mexico would pay for.”

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

R Dist. 10

Yes

“The American people have demanded action and it’s time to deliver.”

“Ending the partial shutdown without solving this problem will make the situation worse in the future. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Chuck Schumer lecture others about putting politics aside and doing what’s best for the country. They need to put their dishonest talking points away and take their own advice.”

Rep. Mike Conaway

Rep. Mike Conaway

R Dist. 11

Yes

“Let’s be smart about it and spend our resources properly, but operational control of the border is in our best interest.”

Did not comment

Rep. Kay Granger

Rep. Kay Granger

R Dist. 12

Did not comment

Did not comment

Rep. Mac Thornberry

Rep. Mac Thornberry

R Dist. 13

Yes

“You can argue about the dollar amounts, but there ought to be a way to advance border security and open … the parts of the government that are not open now.”

“If you want to have a political issue, show how tough you are, then it’s harder to make much progress.”

Rep. Randy Weber

Rep. Randy Weber

R Dist. 14

Did not comment

Did not comment

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez

No

“The U.S. should fund modern, technologically advanced solutions to border security, not a wall.”

“Absolutely not. Border security discussions must be held with an open government. Border security and immigration solutions are complex; providing financial security for approximately 800,000 federal employees is simple.”

Rep. Veronica Escobar

No

“We’ve never been more safe or secure and immigrants make our country great.”

“The president of the United States wants to exchange one set of hostages, our federal workers, for another set of hostages: DACA and TPS recipients. No deal, no deal, no deal.”

Rep. Bill Flores

Rep. Bill Flores

R Dist. 17

Yes

“I think $5.7 billion is the right number, but if we could get anywhere close to that, it’s worth moving forward to try and address the most critical points where the risks are highest right now.”

“I think both sides are partially to blame, but at this point in time, it’s time to stop pointing fingers and start getting the funding flowing.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

No

“The president repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for the wall over which he has now singlehandedly shut down the government. It is the president who is holding federal workers, contractors and the federal government hostage.”

Rep. Jodey Arrington

Yes

“This is a crisis. This is a national security crisis, and there is imminent threat to our citizens, and I can not imagine the president waiting a whole lot longer before he just says ‘I am not waiting on congress.'”

Did not comment

Rep. Joaquin Castro

Rep. Joaquin Castro

D Dist. 20

No

“Trump should reopen the government immediately. Then we can discuss broader comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures that we can all agree on. Federal workers, Dreamers and [Temporary Protected Status] recipients should not be held hostage to the president’s demands for a border wall.”

Rep. Chip Roy

Rep. Chip Roy

R Dist. 21

Did not comment

Did not comment

Rep. Pete Olson

Rep. Pete Olson

R Dist. 22

Yes

“We can and must secure our border, open our government and show true leadership and compassion as we start this new Congress. We owe the American people nothing less.”

“Additionally, we have a responsibility to fully fund our government and ensure paychecks flow to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are performing vital work on our behalf without pay.”

Rep. Will Hurd

Rep. Will Hurd

R Dist. 23

No

“What I always say is building a wall from sea to shining sea is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security.”

“Not paying the people and furloughing the people dealing with this problem doesn’t make any sense.”

Rep. Kenny Marchant

Rep. Kenny Marchant

R Dist. 24

Yes

Did not comment

Rep. Roger Williams

Rep. Roger Williams

R Dist. 25

Yes

“This whole thing is politically driven. In ’06 the Democrats were for this.”

“I don’t like it. I want to get people paid that aren’t getting paid.”

Rep. Michael Burgess

Yes

“Despite this obstructive stance, I expect President Trump to deliver on his promise to update the American people in the near future.”

“Speaker Pelosi consistently rejects opportunities to reach a commonsense agreement that will reopen the government and secure our borders.”

Rep. Michael Cloud

Rep. Michael Cloud

R Dist. 27

Yes

“A wall would also allow CBP to concentrate their efforts on ports of entry and use their manpower more efficiently.”

“But there should be nothing partisan about ending a humanitarian and criminal crisis that is driven by cartels — and enabled by our federal government’s failure to act. Congress has a responsibility not just to protect the citizens of our country but to end the humanitarian crisis on our southern border.”

Rep. Henry Cuellar

Rep. Henry Cuellar

D Dist. 28

No

“No. The U.S. should secure the southern border with technologically advanced solutions and increased personnel instead of a wall, which is a 14th century solution to a 21st century issue.”

“Hard-working employees, families and communities across the country do not deserve to have their paychecks held hostage. Only once the government shutdown ends and the American people receive their paychecks can Congress can get back to work on negotiating a compromise.”

Rep. Sylvia Garcia

Rep. Sylvia Garcia

D Dist. 29

No

“I think the majority of my district is no different than the country. They don’t think the wall is neccesary.”

“When it comes to the offer on DACA, DAPA, TPS… Those are issues that he created.”

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

No

“No – a wall has not proven to be effective, and there are many alternatives that provide better border security at a lower cost to taxpayers.”

“Public servants earn their paychecks by doing the often unappreciated work necessary to keep our government functioning. The president should be thanking them for their service and sacrifice, not putting their livelihoods on the line in pursuit of something that will not make the country any safer.”

Rep. John Carter

Rep. John Carter

R Dist. 31

Yes

“A government shutdown is never a good thing. Americans, including our hard-working federal law enforcement officers, are going without their pay, that’s why I’m refusing my pay during this shutdown. A secure border is what the American people want and expect from the federal government.”

Rep. Colin Allred

Rep. Colin Allred

D Dist. 32

No

“Physical barriers alone are not enough. We need smart border security, and resources to protect our ports of entry. I am committed to working together with my colleagues on real, effective immigration reform and border security.”

“Absolutely not. This shutdown must end so bipartisan negotiations can begin.”

Rep. Marc Veasey

Rep. Marc Veasey

D Dist. 33

No

“Democrats want to secure the border in a way that actually makes sense. Wasting money on an ineffective solution diverts needed resources away from proven technologies that work to protect our southern border.”

“Over 29,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown in Texas should not be forced to go without a paycheck over a wall the majority of Americans do not support. Plain and simple, President Trump and Senate Republicans are choosing political self-interest over our families.”

Rep. Filemon Vela

Rep. Filemon Vela

D Dist. 34

No

Did not comment

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

D Dist. 35

No

“Yielding to the hostage-taker will only produce more shutdowns for even more outrageous demands. When enough Republicans join Will Hurd, our government will reopen by passing the same bills Republicans had agreed to before President Trump changed his mind.”

Rep. Brian Babin

Rep. Brian Babin

R Dist. 36

Yes

“The laws of the United States specify that we’re to have secure borders, that we’re to know who comes in and it’s to be done in an orderly fashion.

“The Democrats do not want to fund this border wall or to make the changes in the policies and vote to change the things that will secure our border.”

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Authors: GABE SCHNEIDER AND DARLA CAMERON – The Texas Tribune

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