By TINA ALVEY
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Speaking at an event in her home state on Monday, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., contradicted gloomy national news reports about chances for yet another government shutdown.
With Friday’s deadline for a bipartisan agreement over funding for President Donald Trump’s wall on the U.S. border with Mexico looming, Capito flatly stated, “We will not be shutting the government down again.”
Capito is chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Senate-House conference committee now striving to find a workable compromise on the issue of funding for the wall. Lack of such a compromise forced a five-week shutdown that concluded Jan. 25, when negotiations resumed, but only until Feb. 15 — this Friday.
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