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Graves Statement On Conference Committee And Democrat Opening Offer

Washington, February 1, 2019 - Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), who is a member of the bipartisan Conference Committee to secure the border, issued the following statement on the Democrat’s opening offer:

“One week ago today, we reached a deal to open the government and begin border security negotiations. I was optimistic about our ability to strike a deal and restore confidence in the legislative process.

“In one week’s time, the committee has met once for routine opening remarks. In that meeting, all parties expressed an intent to engage with open minds and in good faith. However, it came to light afterward that Democrats had already written a bill with zero funding for the wall. A bill summary was finally released yesterday, but the 70+ pages of legislative text are still being kept secret from the public.

“We are two weeks away from the next government shutdown. The House adjourned until Tuesday. There are no meetings scheduled. Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi drew a hard line on wall funding, effectively ending negotiations. Democrats have fallen in line and reduced their wall funding position from $1.6 billion to zero. Is that negotiating in good faith?

“The country was led to believe this would be a real negotiation. It’s not too late to turn this around and get back on track. I urge Democrats to put forward a legitimate offer that includes wall funding. President Trump and Republicans put forward offers that attempted to meet in the middle. It’s time for Democrats to negotiate in good faith.”


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