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Cruz says Democrats holding federal workers hostage with shutdown

Posted On: Jan 13, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Sen. Ted Cruz says Democrats are holding federal workers hostage by not ending the shutdown and are refusing to vote on issues that they've moved on in the past. “Here's the ridiculous thing about the position of Senate Democrats,” the Texas Republican told NBC's Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. “This is not substantive. They voted for it before. Chuck Schumer and every single Democrat in the Senate in 2013 and voted for 350 miles of additional border fencing and border security. They have now shut the government down over 234 miles.” “So I think an awful lot of people are asking, ‘Well, if you voted for 350 miles, why would you force a shutdown on 234?'” Cruz added. “That is not reasonable and the president remains willing to come together and compromise, but so far the Democrats don't want to do that.” When asked why the government can't be reopened and the Homeland Security debate put aside, Cruz said that Democrats are playing politics and holding federal workers...

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