MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — We are nearly a month into the partial government shutdown. On Friday two of Alabama’s federal lawmakers were in town.
Senator Richard Shelby was the guest speaker at a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Shelby talked about what he says “isn’t going on in Washington.” Senator Shelby says he believes border security needs to be addressed, but it’s time for everybody to put politics aside and work towards a compromise.
“Democrats are going to have to tell us what they want and see if we can do it,” said Senator Shelby. “If you’re at an impasse and you’re not talking and you’re blaming each other, a lot of people are going to suffer.”
Congressman Bradley Byrne was also in town Friday. He hosted a town hall meeting in Tillman’s Corner. He expressed similar sentiments that all parties need to come together to end the shutdown.
“We’re stuck and these games that they’re playing,” said Congressman Byrne. “No you can’t do the State of the Union, no you can’t go on your trip. We have to stop all that, get in a room and talk with one another.”
Congressman Byrne and Senator Shelby say this needs to happen as quickly as possible so we can get the government back open.