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Stabenow, Upton comment on border security, government shutdown

As Congress works through negotiations to find an agreement on the primary issue of funding for a border wall prior to a looming government shutdown Friday, politicians from Michigan said they’re working diligently to find a resolution. (WWMT/Ray Hole, Sam Knef)

As Congress works through negotiations to find an agreement on the primary issue of funding for a border wall prior to a looming government shutdown Friday, politicians from Michigan said they’re working diligently to find a resolution.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) attended a farmer’s conference at Kalamazoo Valley Community College Saturday, making comments following an awards ceremony about their hopefulness to strike a deal and avoid what could be the second shutdown of 2019.

“We know the vast majority of drugs, for instance, coming through the border are coming through ports of entry. They're coming on commercial trucks, or ships, or airplanes. They're not coming by a family walking 500 miles across the desert,” Stabenow said.

"I'm encouraged today to say that hopefully we can get a formal agreement early this week that we can vote on by the end of the week and get past this so we don't have a shutdown. We'll keep everybody at work,” Upton said.

Stabenow said regardless of the shutdown, she believes no wages should be withheld from government workers.

"From my perspective, nobody's wages should be held hostage because of differences on politics or policy. That's what happened last time, and it should never happen again," Stabenow said.

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