Kansas delegation talks about shutdown

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The U.S. Government is no longer in a shutdown. But, could it happen again?

“We have 15 days now, Congress does, to solve the problem,” said U.S. Representative, Roger Marshall (R) Kansas. “And if they don’t the President may have to just declare an emergency and do this another way.”

Representative Marshall is at home in Kansas for a few days. But he says when they get back to work there will have to be serious negotiations or there will be a second government shutdown in just a couple of weeks.

“We’re going to have lots of lawyers give us lots of opinions,” says Marshall. “I think within the 1976 legislation about a national emergencies act, that it’s within the President’s purview to declare an emergency.”

Marshall says a national emergency could give the President the authority to use military resources or revenue streams to build a wall. 

Representative Ron Estes, (R) Kansas, says the President remains dedicated to a wall concept and that includes money for other pieces for border security. He looks to the President’s State of the Union address next week to see what is proposed.

“I think he’s going to lay out his case for how important border security is to defend the country and put the push on all the things we look at whether it’s border patrol agents, whether it’s electronic surveillance, funding for a wall or repairing the walls that are already there,” said Estes. “As well as making sure we have judges to adjudicate the issues we have.”

Both Marshall and Estes say there remains a crisis to be addressed.

“So if you would think about 2,000 people crossing the border every day that is a crisis but now we are housing and feeding 40-thousand people every night,” said Marshall. “We’re taking 50 children to the hospital every day.”

Marshall says Military personnel could be used to patrol the border and maybe Corp of Engineers monies could be used to add security to the U.S. border.

Estes says  President Trump will likely not only talk about the border. He believes President Trump will talk about the economy.

“I’m looking forward to see a lot of other positive comments on the economy and how we are going great guns,” said Estes. “There’s a lot of positive things there.”

Both will head back to work on Monday to look at possible bills that could be moved forward. However, both believe they will hear much on the concept of border security.

“It will be high on the list,” says Estes.

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