Durbin: Slowing Flow of Drugs ‘Requires Technology, Not Some God Awful Concrete Wall’
BERMAN: "All right. Senator Durbin, you are in the room when it comes to the conference discussion about trying to fend off another government shutdown to reach some kind of agreement on border security. Can you give me an update on where you are exactly this morning?"
DURBIN: "Yes, I can. I can tell you first that's interesting, I sat through the State of the Union Address the other night by President Trump and never once heard the word 'shutdown.' Remember the shutdown he was so proud of that went on for 35 days at the expense of innocent federal employees like air traffic controllers and TSA? He didn't bring it up again because the Republicans turned on him and said enough is enough. The good news is our conference committee, appropriators who do it for a living, I might add, sat down to start the bargaining. I think the bargaining is under way. We understand the parameters of what we have to decide. The briefing yesterday, I think, made it clear that there are things much more important than this president's almighty wall. Stopping -- slowing down the flow of narcotics into America during the worst drug epidemic in our history to me is the highest priority. That requires technology, not some God-awful concrete wall."