WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) Following President Donald Trump's announcement Friday of a deal to temporarily end the partial government shutdown, West Virginia's two U.S. Senators issued statements.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he's glad the shutdown has ended, adding, "This politically motivated and extremely hurtful shutdown has harmed millions of Americans and West Virginians."
Manchin added, "I look forward to working in a bi-partisan way to fix our border security and immigration problems".
Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito issued a separate statement, saying, "I am pleased the president has reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown, so our federal employees in West Virginia and across the country can get back to work. I am grateful to them and their families for all they do every day on behalf of our nation."
We spoke to Capito Thursday, and she said until the dispute over the president's proposed border wall is resolved, the problems the nation has with securing its borders will continue.
"A deeply held belief I have is that we have issues at the border we need to solve," the senator said. "It's also not fair to have 51,000 people apprehended at our border, and not have the resources to A. prevent that, and B. deal with the problem once they're here."
Capito voted Thursday for the president's proposal-announced last weekend-to end the shutdown.
That, and other bill dealing with the shutdown, were rejected by the full Senate.