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Ron Johnson would ‘hate to see' a national emergency

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

Sen. Ron Johnson is hoping that Republicans and Democrats can work together to pay essential federal workers during the shutdown and avoid President Donald Trump declaring a state of national emergency in order to fund a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Johnson told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning that the best solution to the shutdown would be to pass his shutdown fairness act, which he announced on Friday alongside Sen. Susan Collins , to “pay those individuals being forced to work because they are essential.” “I've got a piece of legislation and about five co-sponsors already,” the Wisconsin Republican, who currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said on “State of the Union.“ “We'll introduce it tomorrow but it will pay those workers that Senator Warner is concerned about,” he said referring to Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. “Hopefully, Mitch McConnell will bring it up. Hopefully, Democrats can support it, and President Trump can...

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