Gallagher, Grothman talk about partial government shutdown

    U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher, R-8th District, left; and Glenn Grothman, R-6th District (Photos courtesy campaigns)

    (WLUK) -- With the 116th Congress in session, questions remain. With the partial government shutdown in its 13th day, FOX 11 contacted Rep. Mike Gallagher and Rep. Glenn Grothman.

    "I don't see how we get to an agreement unless we're actively debating this issue and we're debating the House proposal versus the Senate proposal. So, I'm skeptical this gets resolved today," said Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-8th Congressional District.

    Rep. Mike Gallagher said he's frustrated but hopeful the newer/younger members of Congress, who he says aren't tainted by Washington, will help reach an agreement to re-open the government.

    "On all these issues, it seems both sides just rush to the talking points so we never enter the House chamber and have that real debate and this is the best kind of debate to have because we're not talking about abstract and irreconcilable differences. We're talking about sort of concrete things," Gallagher said.

    That includes the president's demand for $5 billion to fund the southern border wall. For now, Democrats are only willing to offer $1.3 billion for border security.

    Grothman supports Trump's border wall and shares his prediction on how long it might take to reach an agreement.

    "It's possible things will move in the next two weeks but I think it's also possible President Trump will have to wait for State of the Union Address to really explain to the public why this wall is necessary," said Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th Congressional District.

    Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson's press secretaries said they were not available for comment Wednesday when asked about the shutdown.

    However, within the last week, Baldwin tweeted about the shutdown and said, in part, Wisconsin farmers can't afford a shutdown.

    In recent days, Johnson has not used social media to talk about the shutdown. He said in the past he doesn't think shutting down the government will help build a wall.

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