Kaine, Riggleman on ongoing government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- With the partial federal government shutdown continuing, two of Virginia's members of Congress talk about it.

Senator Tim Kaine responded to President Donald Trump's plea for a border wall, saying it is having a negative impact on the reputation of the office of president.

“It is just tremendously unjust, I would call it unpatriotic and beneath the oath of office for the president to shut down government because of a dispute about border security and immigration reform. Is border security and immigration reform important? Sure it is,” he said. “We've got to end this now, and that's why I have taken the position that we shouldn't vote on anything until we vote to reopen government.”

And new Fifth District Congressman Denver Riggleman is looking for ways to help Congress and the administration break the impasse.

He says he's still trying to find his footing in Washington, D.C., but he says until a deal is reached and the government fully reopens, he will donate his government paycheck.

That money is going to a volunteer fire department in Charlotte County that was hard hit by Hurricane Michael.

"They were hurt by Hurricane Michael. There were two deaths down there also,” said Riggleman. “I think for me, I've also been fortunate enough in my life that I can give that money away and that's what I'm going to do.”

Republican and Democratic leaders met at the White House again on Thursday, but the meeting quickly dissolved and no progress was made.



 
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