Alexander Votes Twice to Reopen Government

Posted on January 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2019 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked President Trump’s compromise proposal to reopen the federal government and strengthen border security:

“I voted twice today to open the government because it should never have been shut down. It is always wrong for either side to use shutting down the government as a bargaining chip in budget negotiations – it should be as off-limits as chemical weapons are to warfare.

“I voted for President Trump’s proposal to build 234 miles of additional wall along our 1,954 mile southern border. The president has offered a reasonable compromise, which opens the government and includes relief for ‘dreamers’, disaster relief, and additional funding for improved border security; Democrats are still playing politics. Democrats approved 654 miles of wall on the southern border for the last four presidents – Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Why is it suddenly ‘immoral’ to build more wall when Trump is president?

“Tennesseans elected me to make government work, not to shut it down. I will continue working to re-open the government and get federal employees back to work as quickly as possible.”

Senator Alexander wrote an op-ed earlier this month for the Washington Post where he offered specific solutions for resolving the current shutdown.



Lamar Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee, and he serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. For his full biography, click here.