Alexander on Fox News: Speaker, President Should Step Back, Allow Congress to Reach Result on Comprehensive Border Security

Posted on January 27, 2019


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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2019 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump should step back and allow Congress to reach a result on comprehensive border security. 

Alexander today joined Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the deal to reopen the federal government and the path forward to consider the president’s reasonable request for border security.

“The last four presidents, Obama, Clinton, Bush, [and] Bush, working with Congress, built 654 miles of physical barrier – that’s wall along our almost 2,000 mile southern border,” Alexander said. “That's before President Trump.” 

Alexander continued: “We need to get it out of the Speakers’ hands, and the public debate, and into the hands of members of Congress, who have, for 20 years known that a comprehensive border security plan includes more personnel, more technology, and more physical barrier. President Trump is asking for about 234 more miles of physical barrier as part of a comprehensive plan. That would not build a wall from shining sea to shining sea, as he said. It would simply do what we've been doing for 20 years.   

“[E]ven if all of the physical wall that President Trump asked for were approved, we still have about a thousand miles of the southern border that would not have any sort of wall on it, and he would not have asked for any sort of wall on it. So this is a very reasonable request by the president. He's done what they asked him to do, which is to cooperate in opening the government. It's now time for Democrats to be reasonable and do again what they've done for 20 years working with other presidents.”

Alexander concluded: “We have a conference committee that includes Senators and House members. They’re already structured and ready to meet. …It does take some courage and some skill to get a result and that's what the members of this conference committee will be trying to do, to get comprehensive border security on the southern border, and where appropriate more technology, more personnel and more physical barrier meaning wall.”

On Thursday, Alexander voted twice to reopen the federal government, including for President Trump’s proposal to build 234 miles of additional wall, and includes relief for “dreamers,” disaster relief, and additional funding for improved border security. 


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.