Mike Braun on Possible Government Shutdown: "We'll Get it Worked Out"
INDIANAPOLIS--"If I had to bet, I'd say we'll get it worked out."
Those are the words of Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun. He talked with 93 WIBC's Tony Katz Monday morning about another possible government shutdown.
Congress has until this Friday to reach a funding agreement for a border wall. If one isn't reached, then another shutdown is very likely. President Trump could call for an emergency declaration for the border wall if Congress doesn't go along with what he wants.
"That means it'll get tied up in the courts. The people I know best there tell me a timeline for that is one to three years. That's something we need to avoid," Braun said.
He says Republicans have come far on negotiations and Democrats need to move further their direction on a compromise.
"I believe the burden now is mostly on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's shoulders," Braun said.
He called the proposed Green New Deal the Green New "Crazy" Deal.
"Democrats frustrate me because they generally get out front quickly on any issue that needs to be considered. We as Republicans, then, hold back and say, 'Maybe this is too fast," Braun said.
He said he's look at doing some practical things to get some discussion on it.
The U.S. and China are also trying to resolve their differences on trade before the Trump Administration drops a new round of tariffs against Chinese goods in early March.
"If they get the trade deal done and the Chinese pull the tariffs on soybeans being imported, I think it'll go back to where the markets were before," Braun said.
"Most of the farmers I know, and I deal with a bunch of them down in southern Indiana, they've kind of weaned themselves off government support other than crop insurance. I'm confident that's going to be solved as part of what we do with the Chinese," Braun said.
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