Texas' U.S. Senators say federal workers going without pay deserve an apology
After a visit to the border Thursday, Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn stopped in Austin on Friday for a luncheon with fellow conservatives.
Cruz and Cornyn both stressed the importance of added security at the Texas-Mexico border.
Sen. Cornyn said Democrats who are refusing to compromise on money for a barrier on the border are responsible for the partial government shutdown.
"It's totally unnecessary," said Cornyn. "People who have to worry about how to pay rent or feed their family, not because of any serious dispute on policy grounds, but purely on point scoring and the blame game."
About 800,000 federal employees will not receive a paycheck Friday due to the shutdown. More than 35,000 Texans work for agencies going unfunded.
"It is going to end when either the President or Chuck Schumer blinks," said Sen. Cruz. "You've right now got the two of them staring each other down. Either one can single-handedly keep the government shutdown."
Cruz said he believes the President is more willing to compromise than Democrats. Both U.S. Senators say the employees going unpaid deserve an apology.
"I think they deserve an apology from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi," said Cornyn. "They are the ones stopping them from getting paid."
Meanwhile Democrats in Washington have said Trump is manufacturing a crisis at the border and said Trump has refused to sign bipartisan bills that would re-open the government.
Trump has suggested the idea of declaring a national emergency to circumvent congress for border wall money. "I have the absolute right to do it, but I'm not going to do it so fast," said President Trump.
Cornyn said he would oppose any reprogramming of Hurricane Harvey disaster relief money.