Speaking on Mark Levin’s Fox News show “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday night, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Mark Levin that “if Chuck Schumer wants to shut down the government because he doesn’t want to secure America’s border, that’s a fight that he’s going to lose.”
“If Chuck Schumer wants to shut down the government because he doesn’t want to secure America’s border, that’s a fight that he’s going to lose,” stated Rep. Steve Scalise. “And he’s lost one of these shutdowns before.”
Funding for agencies such as the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department and the Agriculture Department was set to expire on Dec. 7. However, in light of former president George H. W. Bush’s death and funeral, President Trump and congressional leaders agreed to a two-week funding extension last week through Dec. 21.
Rep. Steve Scalise recently pointed out on Fox News that most of the government is funded through next year but that he would “like to see” Congress reach President Trump’s $5 billion goal for the border wall.
Below is a transcript between Mark Levin and Rep. Scalise:
Mark Levin: “Government shutdown, Schumer says, ‘Look, if the government shuts down, that’s on the President of the United States.’ The President of the United States says, ‘Look, I’ve been asking for this wall money, five billion now, every year I have been president. And then I’m stuck with this attack that I'm not holding up my promise. And this year, I’m really going to put it to you.’ Government shutdown, no government shutdown? And who's fault is it?”
Rep. Steve Scalise: “Well the president’s made it clear that he wants five billion dollars for the next year to secure the border. It includes wall funding, but it also includes a lot of other things that the president’s been asking for – more technology to make more effective of use of our border patrol agents to give them more of the tools they need to be safe in carrying out that mission.
“Look, we just saw what this caravan— They were trying to attack, and in some cases, attacking our border patrol agents, throwing rocks, throwing other things at our border patrol agents, at law enforcement. And so the threat is real, and the need to secure our nation’s borders is real.
“If Chuck Schumer wants to shut down the government because he doesn’t want to secure America’s border, that’s a fight that he’s going to lose. And he’s lost one of these shutdowns before. So, you know, at the end of the day we need to secure our border, and the American people – again, regardless of where you stand on immigration policy – most Americans believe we ought to secure the border.”