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ICYMI: Brady on Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner

Last night's vote accomplished nothing

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Washington, January 4, 2019 | comments
"I know the Democrats are hung up on calling it a wall, but I don't care if they call it a gender-neutral palisade or a linear monument to climate change, in truth we need more resources for border security."
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Conroe, Tex. - Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) appeared on Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner to discuss the current government shutdown and the need to build a wall on the southern border. Watch here

I think it's a mistake to go for a quick, hasty deal when really there's so much at stake here.



Continued Government Shutdown:
"The vote last night in the House was pointless. It accomplished nothing, helps no one, doesn't move us toward common ground. While there are some who would like a quick solution, right now it's really important we have the right solution. And that one is to vote to fully fund the government - to reopen it, to provide more resources for border security, and as the Republican House did, add money for those disasters in the Carolinas, the California wildfires. That is really the common ground. But worries me is House Democrats voted to leave town after only four hours on the job, so it worries me that they're not very concerned about reopening the government.

On the need to build the wall: 
"I think it's a mistake to go for a quick, hasty deal when really there's so much at stake here. I tell you, I'm from the Houston region and we are unfortunately a hot bed for sex trafficking, for drugs, for those gangs from Central America. We pay the price when that border isn't secure. And it's not [secure]. Everyone knows it. We need more resources. I know the Democrats are hung up on calling it a wall, but I don't care if they call it a gender-neutral palisade or a linear monument to climate change, in truth we need more resources for border security. 

On President Trump's second meeting with Nancy Pelosi:
"[Pelosi's] really been held hostage by her most extreme members who wouldn't vote for her for Speaker yesterday unless she was "no, no, no." And I'm hopeful - you know she's promised a new dawn where we find common ground - and I hope she brings a different attitude into the meeting with the President. What I'm hopeful for is that we find the right solution and it could come soon if both parties will compromise. And I think the President has made it clear that he's open to finding a path forward, to his credit."

On border security funding: 
"I think there's a lot of options here using the $5.6 billion, I think roughly is the number that border patrol experts has said is needed with the border wall, the detention, the deterrents, those other technologies that go with it. It could spread over a couple of years. There are a number of ways to do it if the will is there to solve the problem. I just think this shutdown is kinda pointless. We ought to be able to find common ground."

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