Stefanik Hopeful Another Shutdown Can Be AvoidedPosted: Updated:
As the Friday deadline to stop another partial shutdown gets closer, north country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she's hopeful Congress can agree on a plan to keep the government open.
The big sticking point is money for border security and a border wall.
President Donald Trump has asked for $5.7 billion. Talks are centered around far less, around $2 billion.
Stefanik, a Republican, said in an interview with 7 News Friday she anticipates the Senate will act first on the spending plan.
"I voted at every opportunity to fund the government," she said. "In terms of where we are now, I think people understand the urgency of not facing another government shutdown and getting our work done. I believe that the Democrats have to come to the table and show a willingness to support a package that includes border security."
The last shutdown lasted 35 days. The agreement to end it gave Congress a three-week deadline to come up with a border security compromise.
Talks among 17 members of Congress from both parties broke down over the weekend,