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VP Mike Pence with Mark Levin: ‘We’re Not Playing Games Here’ with Gov’t Shutdown

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | January 16, 2019 | 12:05 PM EST

Vice President Mike Pence (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) and nationally syndicated radio host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin’s show Tuesday, “The Mark Levin Show,” Vice President Mike Pence addressed the government shutdown, saying, “We’re not playing games here.”

 “One of the things this president has done different than President Obama – you remember under the shutdowns for President Obama, they were putting sawhorses up around the Washington Monument for crying out loud, I mean,” stated Vice President Mike Pence. “What Trump has directed our team to do is to mitigate the impact of this partial government shutdown on everyday Americans to the greatest extent possible. We’re talking to members of Congress about making sure our Coast Guard is taken care of. We’ve found a way to keep the national parks open for the American people. Tax refunds are going out; food stamps are going out. We’re not playing games here.”

Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks came on Tuesday as the federal government remains in partial shutdown, Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi saying back in December that she refuses to support “some degree of funding for the wall” even if negotiations included “a permanent, bona fide solution on DACA,” calling the president’s long-promised border wall “immoral, ineffective, expensive,” according to CNSNews.com. Trump has repeatedly asked Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion in funding for the wall, but Congress has so far refused.

During a government shutdown in 2013 under former President Barack H. Obama, national parks and national monuments were shutdown, the ACLJ even calling on the Obama administration to “remove the barricades, and demand that President Obama apologize to WWII veterans.”

Below is a transcript of Vice President Mike Pence’s comments with Mark Levin on the show Tuesday:

Mark Levin: “Last question, because I know you need to go: Is this a battle between Washington elitists and sanctuary city politicians – you know, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer with San Francisco, the New York area – versus the broader population of American? And one other thing, have you all given thought to maybe funding the TSA and the Coast Guard who are actually working – they’re not furloughed. They’re actually working. They’re federal law enforcement – funding those federal employees who are currently at work?

Vice President Mike Pence: “Well, look— Look, we’re going to—

Levin: “I slipped two questions there under one question, just so you know.”

VP Pence: “Well, you did.

“And let me be clear, one of the things this president has done different than President Obama – you remember under the shutdowns for President Obama, they were putting sawhorses up around the Washington Monument for crying out loud, I  mean. What Trump has directed our team to do is to mitigate the impact of this partial government shutdown on everyday Americans to the greatest extent possible. We’re talking to members of Congress about making sure our Coast Guard is taken care of. We’ve found a way to keep the national parks open for the American people. Tax refunds are going out; food stamps are going out. We’re not playing games here.

“But again, the president’s made it very clear. He’s not interested in reopening the government when the Democrats refuse to negotiate or refuse to accept that we need a physical barrier on our southern border.

“But our door is open. We’re sitting here, and we’re ready.  President had members of Congress over today. We met over lunch. We continue to stand ready to bring our priorities [indiscernible] and bring their priorities, and we’ll do it.”

Levin: “Wait a minute. Woah, woah, woah, woah. Members of Congres— Members of Congress came over – Democrats?”

VP Pence: “You know what? Republicans and Democrats were invited, but again, to my whole point, all the Democrats refused to come over …”

Levin: “Alright.”

VP Pence: “… and have lunch with the president of the United States. That’s what your millions of listeners deserve to know. We have a crisis on our southern border, and Democrats in the House and Senate refuse to even negotiate to bring an end to that crisis, let alone an end to this partial government shutdown. …

Levin: “Let me just—

VP Pence: “… and I think most Americans expect the Congress to sit down at the table, find a way forward.

“Well, we’re ready to find that way forward. President’s not going to compromise on building a wall or his commitment to border security, but if Democrats have other priorities, other things they want to see addressed, we’ll listen. But it’s got to achieve border security for the American people.”


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