Sen. Mike Lee: Let's start working to end this shutdown

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  • Antidote To Chaos ,
    Jan. 25, 2019 3:11 p.m.

    The left lied about Nick Sandmann. The left are lying about the wall.

    Look at Pelosi - wall around her property, fence around her tennis court, but nothing for "The Forgotten Man."

  • Anne3000 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    What a joke...Trump promised Mexico would pay for his “crises” wall. Mexico laughed at his ridiculous promise and now it’s all riding on the backs of thousands of federal employees. As hard working Utahns struggle and suffer, Lee and other politicians do not care! It is beyond shameful. If you all were so concerned about the border then please explain what you were doing the last two years to manage the crises?

  • D Malan Harrisville, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 7:25 p.m.

    Please look at the true facts of the problem. The people of Utah elected you to be smart and ensure you are not fooled by a liar. The wall was never to be paid for by the American people. There is also no factual evidence of a crisis on the border. Yes, we need immigration reform and improvements with technology at all ports of entry. There are no factual statistics that show the area on the southern border without barriers has had any increase of illegal entry, large amounts of drugs, or that the people entering on foot are all criminals, rapist, or women giving their daughters birth control. These are also manufactured lies that this president spews with no evidence. If you have numbers or factual reports please site them, because no one seems to have them anywhere. Do not keep allowing the Senate majority leader to hold the American people hostage or this president. Force a vote on the bills that have passed the house and get the government reopened! The presidents plan with his son-in-law and Pence is not a compromise. That is not how our government is suppose to work, so stop letting the president intimidate or twist our country into knots as a dictator would. Please!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 4:50 p.m.

    To "Weston Jurney" I don't think you have been paying attention very much to the shutdown. Trump has given a very nice compromise to the Democrats. The Democrats are the ones who refuse to even come to the table and discuss things. It is the Democrats that are holding the paychecks of the Federal Workers hostage.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:24 p.m.

    These days, when a Republican says "let's work together," he means, "We're not giving an inch.
    You do whatever tRump says, or we continue to hold people's lives hostage."

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 22, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    @Flipphone;

    I wasn't aware that Salt Lake county needed to be defended from Utah county. Go figure.

    @David;

    Why won't Democrats "fund the wall"? Why should we? Trump promised that Mexico would pay for it.

    @BYUAlum;

    How can the Democrats deny what Trump promised, that Mexico would pay for his wall? Blame that on Trump and Mexico not reaching a deal, not the Dems.

  • sandia West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 21, 2019 9:58 p.m.

    Under Sen. McConnell, the Senate has forsaken its roots in the Legislative Branch to become a puppet of the Executive Branch. (May Kentucky vote him out in 2020!) Sen. Lee is correct--Senators and Representatives, you MUST stand up and do your independent work! Pass bills YOU believe in, THEN negotiate with one another and the Executive Branch. Please, do your work first, then you can negotiate from positions of strength.
    We need a government with the THREE branches prescribed by the inspired Constitution. The Executive Branch has intimidated and emasculated the Legislative Branch to the point that at best we now have only 1 1/2 branches. We must have THREE, and the Senate in particular must reclaim its position, deliberate, act on its own, and vote its principles! Please, get on with it!!

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2019 10:51 a.m.

    David said:

    "Democrats in the House could send a bill approving the funding of the wall as requested by Trump. This would end the shut down. Why won't they fund the wall?"

    Because 'the wall' is a just a stupid waste of money campaign promise that the donald made to his base of credulous fans while telling those people that "Mexico is going to pay for it".

    We already have walls in nearly every place they belong. They are useless in other places. If you truly want to stop illegal immigration then demand employers who hire illegals go to jail. People like donald trump.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Jan. 21, 2019 10:23 a.m.

    BYUalum - South Jordan, UT, did Mexico send the money that Trump promised they would do?

    Simple question? If not, did he lie?

    For me and my house I refuse to support a man who has shown this country a massive amount of corruption, over 7,000 verified lies, and then degrades women, minorities, and immigrants. Honest, decent, and educated people do not support Trump. Not in any sense. This man could care less about the 800,000 Government Employees.

    God bless those employees betrayed by Trump and the GOP. Trump is not worthy of any of any righteous person's support.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 21, 2019 8:48 a.m.

    Pelosi, has already told President Trump that she will NOT fund the border security wall even if he does end the partial shutdown.

    Countries have borders and at times borders need to be defended... NOW is that time.

    Fund the Wall.

  • A Voter MSC, UT
    Jan. 20, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    “Sometimes setting the record straight as to who is where on each important issue is helpful; it moves the legislative process forward.”

    Senator Lee,

    I agree with your statement above; bring the funding measures to open individual agencies already passed by the House to a vote in the Senate.

    Vote, and set the record straight on where you stand.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    I have a dream....that Lee will read these comments.

    It appears that consitutional scholarship is not working as a practical solution.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2019 3:48 a.m.

    @Twin Lights

    "But compromise will likely be necessary and that means less than what the president wants for the wall. But, would the Republicans in the Senate put forward a package that includes the Dream Act and then fully fund the wall? That might make it palatable for both sides. "

    It is not a matter of what each side "wants." It is about what the Constitution mandates. Everyone is supposed to be on the side of the Constitution -- which specifies proper border security.

    But Nancy Pelosi isn't.

    Trump owes the Democrats nothing -- certainly he doesn't owe them Amnesty (DACA) -- which is the exact opposite of enforcement of the nation's borders and Iaws.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Jan. 19, 2019 6:22 p.m.

    Least effective president in recent history risks to bring down the GOP with him. Sen. Lee is running scared that Utah voters will decide that he's not very effective as well.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2019 5:13 p.m.

    DN,

    This is not the Houses problem, this is a Senate problem. Vote on the CR sitting on My Connells desk. Trump's veto or no veto is of no relevance until a bill is on his desk. The Senate specifically McConnell is holding things up. If it passes let Trump choose to veto it if he wants. Then it's back to Congress. A Presidents veto threat should not stop the Senate from doing their job. Both sides are playing politics but the Republicans are trying to circumvent normal order.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    @byualum

    It doesn’t really matter what trump promised. He has zero authorization to fund anything. That is up to Congress.

    Also congress doesn’t need trump. They can simply override any veto but McConnell is protecting trump. Imagine if McConnell allowed a vote on this house bill and it passes and then trump vetoes it. That would make trump look bad.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 2:45 p.m.

    Senator Lee, whatever you can do to bring legislators together to work out a compromise to end this government shutdown would be much appreciated. The complete polarizing of political parties is something I would like to see changed. We need to see leadership and accomplishment not acrimony and sarcasm from our elected leaders. The current toxic environment is not acceptable.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 2:30 p.m.

    To "TheJester " just because he is willing to take the blame doesn't change the fact that he is acting just like Obama did over ACA funding. It also doesn't change the fact that Lee and Cruz never had the power to shut down the government. It doesn't change the fact that it is Pelosi being obstinate that has shut down the government. She went into her first meeting with Trump saying that she would not give up any funding for the wall. She ended talks of compromise with that. She has since refused to even meet with Trump to work out a compromise. So, despite Trump taking the blame, the problem lies with the Democrats for the shutdown.

    To "Utefan60" again, what power did they have to shut down the government? They had proposed legislation that would have kept the government open and allowed for debate on the ACA funding. It was the Senate leadership and Obama that refused to even work that compromise. Also, even with a dozen other senators working with them, they still don't have sufficient power to shut down the government. That would have taken at least 51 senators.

    To "SMIT" so are you calling this shutdown a problem that Pelosi has caused?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 2:12 p.m.

    BYUalum - South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:56 a.m.
    Senator Lee, In my humble opinion, this is not about border security. It is all about Dems denying the President what he promised when he was elected.
    ===

    But, alum, aren't you ignoring one small, but important, detail.

    He promised -- yes, promised -- that American taxpayers would not foot the bill.

    Now will you tell us who he said would pay for the wall?

    Do you recall that?

    Someplace called Mexico.

    Right?

    And the claim that his "greatest ever" trade agreements will be a way to do that?

    Bogus.

    Those trade agreements are only raising costs of goods, so in the end, guess who will pay?

    You. Me. Us.

    But that's okay, eh?

    I always thought that a degree from BYU was supposed to mean something more than a degree from trump university.

    Guess I was wrong.

  • SMIT SLC, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    Oh redshirt, frequently wrong, but never in doubt. Mike Lee didn't shut down the government all by himself, but he and Ted Cruz were the ring leaders that convinced a dozen or so other senators to do it - against the wishes of their party leadership by the way.

    I suppose he could put these considerable talents into convincing some of his colleagues to get McConnell to bring the CR to the floor.

    Good for Ms. Pelosi, Trump reneged on that deal twice already. Maybe more, how can you keep track. Don't negotiate with people who's word you know is no good and don't negotiate with hostage takers.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Jan. 19, 2019 1:19 p.m.

    RedShirt - USS Enterprise, UT, you can tell us all you want that Lee and Cruz were not responsible for the closure of our government. But they were responsible! Their attempt to strip health care away from millions of needy individuals was the sole reason that they shut down our government and cost this country an estimated 23 Billion. Trump is responsible for this shutdown. He claims it. Owns it and yet his supporter say that it isn't true? Facts do matter.

    That just didnt sit well as millions of Americans had benefited by using the Affordable care Act. So Lee and Cruz were the villains, and everyone watched as their tantrum crumbled. Americans had enough.

    History has put the blame right on Lee and Cruz, and no amount of deflection or falsification of facts changes that. Even Fox News listed Lee and Cruz as the perpetrators of that shutdown.

    Facts are still facts. Lee is a hypocrite in this article. Time to vote him out.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 1:15 p.m.

    @Redshirt
    "I think you have history wrong. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee don't have enough power to shut down the government, nor did they. That was the Democrat leader of the Senate that shut it down for refusing to pass a funding bill that would have covered everything except the ACA."

    So you believe the current shutdown is Republican caused because McConnell is refusing to hold a vote on a bill that funds everything except a wall?

    And either way, back in that Cruz/Lee shutdown, the group refusing a continuing resolution was the GOP because they were demanding that a change in the budget, one that defunds the ACA that was already established law.

    In the current shutdown the group refusing a continuing resolution is the GOP because they are demanding a new thing, a wall.

    If we imagine a different scenario now where the refusal to pass a CR was because Democrats were demanding defunding of ICE (similar to the Cruz/Lee shutdown years ago) it'd be a Democratic shutdown.

  • TheJester American Fork, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    @RedShirt

    It is unsurprising that Trump's defenders (such as yourself) would forget Trump's words, but the rest of us didn't:

    “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.”

    Of course Trump started blaming the Democrats moments after making that statement, but that is unsurprising considering he lacks any semblance of ethics or morals. What is more surprising is the cadre of people (like Senator Lee) who actually claim to have morals and ethics that jump to his defense at every possible opportunity.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:56 a.m.

    Senator Lee, In my humble opinion, this is not about border security. It is all about Dems denying the President what he promised when he was elected.

    I support the President of the United States.

  • Truthczar Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    The constitution clearly states that a limited government is still responsible for protecting our country.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:30 a.m.

    Democrats in the House could send a bill approving the funding of the wall as requested by Trump. This would end the shut down. Why won't they fund the wall?

  • FanOfTheSith Vernal, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:27 a.m.

    "Ummm. That's right- he's the President. Not King, not Dictator, not Supreme Leader. The President, through our Constitution, has checks and balances, designed exactly for a guy like Trump. Trump doesn't work for the betterment of our country. He only works to better himself."

    Excellent point.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:28 a.m.

    To "Impartial7 " I think you have history wrong. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee don't have enough power to shut down the government, nor did they. That was the Democrat leader of the Senate that shut it down for refusing to pass a funding bill that would have covered everything except the ACA.

    To "Strachan" but Mike Lee is powerless until the bill comes to the Senate floor for a vote.

    To "Thomas Thompson" but the Democrats did cause this. This is Pelosi's shutdown for refusing to even discuss a compromise.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    Glad to read posters see the Senators editorial for what it is. A partisan, hypocritical piece that tries to explain why he either has no influence in the Senate or is complicit in its partisan incompetence.

  • Hugh1 , 00
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    "If the Democrats want to filibuster a bill that funds more immigration judges, funds more medical personnel, funds more beds for migrants ..." Senator Lee, these are democratic proposals.

    The wall, to be "paid for by Mexico," was the Trump campaign rallying cry - that is the one and only irreducible element of Trump's demand to re-open government.

    If Republicans continue their propaganda campaign for the wall, claiming that Democrats oppose border security, I believe that they have more than met their match in Pelosi.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    Build the wall and then open up the non essential jobs. Non essential means just that.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 10:39 a.m.

    Senator Lee is totally correct on this. Both in stating the problem, and proposing a viable, Constitutional solution, and that passing another continuing resolution to "end the shutdown" won't fix the problem.

    The problem started by Congress failing to pass funding bills on time. While the Republicans had the majority in both House and Senate, arcane Senate rules require 60 votes for a bill to be considered and all the Democrats refused to allow the original bill passed by the House to be brought up for a vote. Now, McConnell refuses to waste time considering the Democrat House passed bill which the Pres will veto.

    The solution must be a bill the House can live with, get 60 votes in the Senate and the Pres will sign. That is the beauty of our system of government.

    The failure of the 536 people involved to take their job seriously and actually discuss options to reach agreement for passage is disgraceful to those refusing to play the game. Right now that is the Democrats who will not even meet with Trump, and prior to now it has been Schumer who refused to let the Senate vote on a bill which passed the House and Trump would have signed.

    Show up and talk!

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    Mike Lee is not being truthful. First he cast no blame on McConnell. McConnell is protecting the president.

    Second Democrats passed legislation in 2013 about immigration and guess what the majority republican house would not even consider it.

    Third, like others have mentioned congress doesn’t need the president. They can simply override his veto.

    Finally, I ask senator lee to pressure McConnell to allow a vote on the house bill. Let’s get on record which senator will not vote to open the government. My bet is it would pass and therefore cast trump in negative light and that is why McConnell is protecting trump.

    Trump, McConnell and many in the gop are to blame.

  • Flipphone , 00
    Jan. 19, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    Be nice if the Democrats showed up to negotiate.

    Counties have borders that need to be defended . Now is the time to defend our southern border.... Fund the Wall.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 10:15 a.m.

    @Betcha;
    " We have to realize, HE IS THE PRESIDENT.... people have to work together for this country, not for themselves. "

    Ummm. That's right- he's the President. Not King, not Dictator, not Supreme Leader. The President, through our Constitution, has checks and balances, designed exactly for a guy like Trump. Trump doesn't work for the betterment of our country. He only works to better himself.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:38 a.m.

    What a joke. The GOP controlled all 3 branches of Gov't for 2 years and did nothing except manufacture crises. The wall will do nothing to address the two-thirds that overstay visas through ports of entry (driving and airports). Maginot Line anyone?

    And the real crisis is what the Trumpies have done to refugees and asylum seekrers - taking thousands of children from their parents and shipping them who-knows-where across the country. Stop this now. Fund a better infrastructure for dealing with those already in our country and seeking legal status.

    Put the gov't back to work. This GOP-made crisis has cost more than the useless wall Trump is promoting.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:26 a.m.

    On second and third thoughts, I'm afraid I need to apologize for my earlier comment.

    I didn't read the piece carefully enough.

    I agree with Lee's sentiment, but not with the details of his op ed.

    I'm afraid I wasn't fully awake and hadn't had breakfast yet and allowed myself to be suckered in by some propaganda.

    Please, everyone, accept my apology. I'll try to do better next time.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:16 a.m.

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Lee!

    How about doing your job all these years and avoid a shutdown!

    How about REALLY understanding and believing in the Constitution, instead of faking like you're a "constitutional scholar"!

    What a joke!

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    My only question is, Where is Mike Lee the real Mike Lee and why did you change places with him?

    This is not the same Mike Lee that personally responsible for shutting down the government. The same Mike Lee that has demonized anyone that found positive things about the federal government. This is not the same Mike Lee that has given 100% support to our current president (one who if I listed his honest, self-admitted character the DN would deny my comment) no matter what he does or says.

    Where is the real Mike Lee? Just curious, you can actually keep him and leave the impostor with us.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:11 a.m.

    People are hurting now Senator. If we had passed a 4 week CR that was about to expire without a solution figured out for immigration then that's 4 fewer weeks people would've had to deal with the problems they are facing from the shutdown.

    And if Trump gets wall funding from this, this just incentivizes him or other presidents to think that this is a viable strategy and there'd be more of these shutdowns.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    The gist of Sen. Lee's op-ed piece is that the Democrats caused the shutdown and, worse, now, that it is the Democrats who are impeding any end to this fiasco. How could even so partisan a man as Lee make this contention? It flies in the face of the facts, which are: (1) President Trump, against the wishes of Congress and against the advice of his own cabinet, proudly ordered the shutdown; (2) President Trump, all on his own, refuses to make this right. The Democrats, who are not in charge of the Executive Branch or the Judicial Branch or the Senate of the United States, had nothing to do with it.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:07 a.m.

    For the first time, since the Revolutionary War, America has failed to pay the wages of a branch of the Armed Forces - US Coast Guard. Like the other services, they are enlisted/commissioned and can't "vote with their feet" when the incompetent Administration and Congress fail to do their jobs. Like the other Services, they deploy with the Department of Defense, but also serve day-to-day law enforcement, and provide border security over vastly more territory than any other Homeland Security agency.
    I refuse to listen to the excuses of the Administration and Congress for their blatant political games at the expense of a branch of the US Armed Forces. The political games being played are EXCUSES not to negotiate.

    I don't care what party you are from, but BOTH parties share blame in this ongoing idiocy, and undue stress placed on the coastie's lives. It is complete lunacy.

    There is an obvious lack of "leadership," in Washington, and the politicians are demonstrating what they really value; disfunctional politics over Service Member's lives.

    Even 3rd-World Nations understand, PAY THE GUYS WITH GUNS FIRST!

  • Betcha Waltham, MA
    Jan. 19, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be great, if they stoped the pay for all the Democrats in congress, that won't work with the President.. We have to realize, HE IS THE PRESIDENT.... people have to work together for this country, not for themselves. Clinton, and Obama wanted to protect the boarder with a wall or something that would keep illegals out.... Why are the Democrats now, having such a hard time with this? This has been a BIG problem in our country, we need to do something... I did not vote for Trump, but I agree that we need something to protect our country, , so far nothing has worked, Lets try a wall, and see if that will do the job..... come on people...lets work together!!!!

  • Sharkey Layton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:57 a.m.

    Why didn't Republicans provide wall funding sometime 2016 to 2018, if it's a great idea? What did Republicans do about immigration the past 2 years?

    The timing of this "crisis" is suspect - just as Democrats take the House so they can be blamed.

    How about we legalize marijuana similarly to alcohol and tax it? We'd have much better control, actually.
    How about fining the employers of illegals an amount that exceeds the benefit of hiring them?

    Those are both money makers. If the wall is built, it needs maintenance and staff - a money pit forever.

    This also seems like a really hypocritical op ed from Senator Lee and I hope HAFB gets that

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:54 a.m.

    "If the Democrats want to filibuster a bill that funds more immigration judges, funds more medical personnel, funds more beds for migrants and yes, adds to our existing 650 miles of border wall, let’s get them on record as doing so."

    Nice try Senator Lee, but your posturing of Judges, medical personnel, and beds for migrants as being opposed by Democrats is absolutely false. That's exactly what Democrats have been crying for. What they oppose is funding for an ineffective over priced 300 mile stretch of wall.

    If you were to open the government tomorrow with a three week extension for DHS and then proposed boarder security funding for judges, medical personnel, and beds for immigrants plus dollars for existing fencing repair, you wouldn't be kicking the can down the road. You would get it passed in a week...so just do it. Do your job.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:55 a.m.

    Agreed that the Senate needs to lead out. But compromise will likely be necessary and that means less than what the president wants for the wall. But, would the Republicans in the Senate put forward a package that includes the Dream Act and then fully fund the wall? That might make it palatable for both sides. But we need to act.

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    I disagree with Senator Lee's assertion that Congress is failing the American people. On 3JAN2019, the US House of Representatives passed and sent to the US Senate 1 bill to fund TSA and another to fund all of remaining departments. Senator McConnell refused to allow the Senate to vote on those bills. It clearly is not "Congress". It is clearly the US Senate.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    Ummmm Mikey, you and your buddy Mitch from Kentucky, could end this shutdown today if you wanted. You don’t need Donald’s approval for anything. Even he doesn’t really want the wall but is afraid of being criticized on Fox News. You are a coequal branch. With 2/3rds vote you can reopen the government today. Besides, we the people don’t want the wall. The midterms were a great indication of that. Or did you forget that elections have consequences?

    If mike lacks the courage to reopen the government without Donald’s approval, then it’s well past time to replace Mike. Remember this in 2020!

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:46 a.m.

    Oh My Goodness!!

    I actually agree with Mike Lee!

    He actually said something that makes good sense!

    Yes, Mitch McConnell, bring this all to the floor of the Senate so Americans can see how many of your GOP colleagues actually agree with trump --- and how many don't.

    There is only ONE reason he has not already done that.

    He knows that at least 14 GOP senators have stated they don't fully agree with trump and that if all those sensible senators vote that way, the GOP would be badly embarrassed.

    This shutdown and all its surrounding nonsense belong mainly to two people trump and Mitch.

  • Strachan Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:38 a.m.

    Senator Lee speaks as if he is powerless in this situation. He and other Republicans in the Senate could debate the bills passed in the House and send them to the President.

    If our senior Senator lacks the persuasive ability to convince the Senate to act, perhaps we need a new Senator.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:17 a.m.

    Being a lackey for Trump and owner of the first shutdown, I find this piece disingenuous at best.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 8:07 a.m.

    Mike Lee? Our same Mike Lee that originally shutdown the government with Ted Cruz? How about Lee stop writing letters and gather up some guts and go tell Senate leader, Mitch McConnell to take a Senate vote to open the government? That would actually move the needle. But, that would require the GOP to place Country over Party.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2019 7:59 a.m.

    They need to build the stuI’mpid wall, close the border, and deport all immigrants so people can see that immigrants are not the cause of their problems