January 24, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe made the following statement on the Senate votes to end the shutdown and secure the border.
“Today I voted in favor of President Trump’s proposal to secure our border and reopen the government. This legislation had real conservative priorities, including funding the wall, increasing the number of ICE and Border Patrol agents and greater resources for combating the drug trafficking along the southern border. It was a pragmatic starting point, but Senate Democrats blocked it. Rather, Sen. Schumer wanted to kick the can down the road another few weeks without any additional funding for the wall—a proposal that is nothing more than a continuation of Democrats’ stubborn opposition to securing our border. It was a non-starter for both me and for the President.
“At the end of the day, I’m deeply disappointed in my Democratic colleagues for their refusal to engage in good faith negotiations. Their unwillingness to come to the table is impacting hard-working Oklahomans and is showing the American people yet again that they are unwilling to put politics aside for the good of the country. Their unprecedented obstructionism must end and I urge the president to take any necessary action to end the shutdown and secure our border.”