Rep. Liz Cheney: When Committee Members Heard from Border Agents in Testimony, ‘It Really Made a Difference’

By Melanie Arter | February 11, 2019 | 7:12pm EST
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) (Screenshot)

( - Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told CNN’s “State of the Union With Jake Tapper” on Sunday that when members of the bipartisan committee which is meeting to find a compromise on border security heard from Border Patrol agents in testimony, “it really made a difference.”

“Do you think Republicans in Congress can convince President Trump to sign off on about $2 billion for border barriers, or are you more skeptical? Do you think we're headed for another shutdown?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Well, I certainly hope we're not headed for another shutdown. I think the president has been clear and the Republicans in the House have certainly been clear that we absolutely have got to secure the border,” she said.

“You know, I thought it was interesting, when you watched the negotiations that have been going on between the -- our bipartisan and bicameral committee, when the committee members had a chance to go visit the border, when the committee members had a chance to hear from Border Patrol agents themselves in testimony, it really made a difference, I think,” Cheney said.

The congresswoman said she thinks there’s bipartisan agreement that it’s important to secure the border.


“I think there are some members of leadership on the Democratic side, in particular Speaker Pelosi, who is really out there on her own, saying things like walls are immoral and she will only allow $1 for a wall,” Cheney said.

“The American people want the border secure. So, I'm hopeful that this committee will be able to come up with a proposal that we can all support, that the president can sign, but it's going to have to include funding that will allow us to secure the border, and it will have to include funding for some sort of a barrier,” she said.

When asked whether $2 billion for border barriers is a compromise that she would be willing to accept theoretically, Cheney said, “Well, you're not going to be surprised, Jake. I'm not going to negotiate about it this morning on your show.

“I think it's going to have to be sufficient funds through an agreement, hopefully, that we can reach that will enable us to know that, moving forward, we will be able to have a wall, have a barrier on those parts of the border where it's really necessary,” she said.

“And, you know, I think there's been a lot of mistruth out there about this. You have seen the Democrats try to suggest that we want to build a 2,000-mile-long wall. That's absolutely not the case, but what we're talking about is something that's very practical,” Cheney said.

“Where it's necessary, where it's needed, where our Border Patrol agents say that it will help us control and stop the flood of illegal immigrants across the border, we need to have a border wall,” the congresswoman said.



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