Another Democrat has flipped script and is demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually negotiate with President Donald Trump on a solution to reopen the federal government.
While speaking with a local news outlet, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-MI, said Pelosi needs to “get in the damn room” with Trump and work out a compromise.
Slotkin, a freshman lawmaker who just arrived in Congress, is tired of Pelosi only obstructing and refusing to even speak with Trump about a deal.
“We all have a fire under us to get something done,” Slotkin said. “We’re trying to still figure out the dynamic between all of us, and the leadership is still trying to figure out how to manage this very, very energetic and outspoken class.”
Slotkin also recently said that she’s open to physical barriers along the border.
“As someone who worked on preserving the homeland her entire life, I’m ready to talk about homeland security. I don’t think we need a wall from sea to shining sea,” Slotkin said.
She added: “But am I willing to talk about more fencing and more drones and technology and radar and border agents? Absolutely.”
Slotkin is hardly the first Democrat who has voiced their frustrations with Pelosi over her refusal to reach a deal with Trump to reopen the government and provide funding for the border wall.
At a town hall in New York, Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., recently pushed for a compromise with Trump.
“There is common ground. I don’t think there’s much disagreement on the fact that we do have to figure out how to secure our borders. We do have to figure out how to course correct our immigration system, it is flawed, it is broken, we do need to figure out some concrete ways how to solve the problem and do so in a collaborative and cooperative fashion, absolutely,” Delgado said.
Rep. Ben McAdams, D-UT, even praised Trump over the weekend for his latest proposal, which would provide a temporary extension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and recipients of Temporary Protected Status in exchange for the wall.
I’m glad the President now seems willing to discuss solutions for #DREAMers. I’ve voted 8 times to reopen the government. Let’s do it already and follow through on strong border security and immigration reform including a permanent fix for #DACA. #utpol
— Rep. Ben McAdams (@RepBenMcAdams) January 20, 2019
Several others have made similar remarks.
“I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” said Democratic Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.
Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the Democrat conference, said on MSNBC that the border would benefit from additional barriers.
“You know, I think there are parts of the border that would benefit from repairing fencing and other barricades that already exist there,” she said.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, also told CNN that he would support a barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico.
“Some fencing is useful, some barriers are useful,” Merkley said. “There’s a lot of surveillance technology. I’ve been to some cities on the border that have triple fencing and have more personnel and have the technology to see the people moving in the middle of the night.”
Rep. John Garamendi, D-CA, admitted in late December that Democrats support a barrier, including a fence.
“Democrats have repeatedly said that we will support border security, we will support all of its elements including fences,” Garamendi said.
During an interview on CNN, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-IL, who also serves as the chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said she has no issue with a border wall.
“If we have a partial wall, if we have fencing, if we have technology used to keep our border safe, all of that is fine,” Bustos said.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland echoed a similar tune while on CNN, voicing his support for a border barrier.
“Certainly you need barriers and we support barriers,” Cardin said.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said: “There are areas along the border where there are currently fences that are put up or barriers that are put up that need to be enhanced.”
Point blank, Pelosi’s “anti-wall” strategy is crumbling.
More than a dozen Democrats have voiced support for a deal with Trump and funding for the wall, and that number will only likely grow as the shutdown drags on.