Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., said Sunday negotiations in Washington to end a protracted partial government shutdown are “all political posturing.”
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Jones condemned the shutdown as “holding people hostage” over the issue of border security.
“Everything right now is all political posturing,” he said.
“Congress has been out of session for the last three weeks,” he added. “I think we can find that common ground. I think that Democrats are open to anything that’s going to get the government open.”
But Jones — who said he supported an earlier, $25 billion plan last year that went nowhere — insisted that he needs to see plans on border security, not just dollar amounts.
“When I talk to people in Alabama, I hear that they want border security,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what it is. I’m not going to give wall money just to give wall money... We’ve been talking about dollars and cents, but not plans.”
“Our state wants the government to be open for business,” he added. “I think that’s the most important thing for the people of Alabama right now....they want border security but they want government services."
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