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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) issued the following statement about ending the government shutdown and securing our nation's southern border: 

“Government shutdowns are never the answer, so I will of course support the President’s proposal to open the government while negotiations continue, but over the next three weeks I will continue to advocate for sufficient security measures and a wall along our nation’s southern border."

For several years and again earlier this month, Risch cosponsored the End Government Shutdowns Act, legislation that would permanently prevent the federal government from shutting down, ensuring that essential government services aren’t disrupted and protecting taxpayers who must bear the resulting cost. Risch has consistently supported this bill since taking office.