Tonight I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. We could reopen much of government where there is no dispute over issues involving certain departments like AG, transportation, housing, interior. Let’s get those reopened while the negotiations continue. Mr. President, reopen the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. But end this shutdown now. Let’s bifurcate these issues. Let’s set them aside, let’s allow for the operations, these governmental functions in these six other departments, allow for them to continue. No shutdown is good and it hasn’t accomplished anything. Which is why we need to reopen the government, which is why I have and will continue to vote to reopen our government and to keep it open. The first order of business has to be reopening the government. Stop holding the entire government hostage. I hope that we can continue to fight for additional border security dollars, that’s what we need to do. But I don’t think shutting down the government is the right way to do it. Mr. President, We don’t need to create artificial crises, we have enough real crises. Let us end this shutdown and bring the American people together around an agenda that will improve live for all of our people. The senate will not waste its time considering a democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign.