Mark Warner on Shutdown: ‘We Cannot Reward the Kind of Behavior of Hostage Taking’

‘If the president can arbitrarily shut down the government now, he’ll do it time and again’

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WARNER: “We try to have some discussions. At least getting them paid would make some sense. Let me just also make clear that what the President proposed yesterday, increasing border security, looking at TPS, looking at the DREAMers, I’ll use that as a starting point, but you’ve got to start by opening the Government. What we cannot do — and I’ve actually had Republicans as well recognize this — is that we cannot reward the kind of behavior of hostage taking. Because if the President can arbitrarily shut down the Government now, he’ll do it time and again.”

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