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Exclusive—Heidi Heitkamp: ‘I’ve Always Supported Increased’ Border Security, Wall Funding

Exclusive—Heidi Heitkamp: ‘I’ve Always Supported Increased’ Border Security, Wall Funding

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Wednesday that she has “always supported increased” border security and wall funding and that she hopes to avoid a government shutdown that would arise from a fight over partially funding President Donald Trump’s border wall.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) came out early on Wednesday in favor of partially funding President Trump’s border wall in the September spending bill, hoping to avoid a government shutdown before the 2018 midterm elections.

“Senator Manchin supports President Trump’s $5 billion border wall funding,” Jonathan Kott, Sen. Manchin’s communications director, told Breitbart News.

Heitkamp told Breitbart News, “I’ve always supported increased and enhanced border security along our southwest border with Mexico – including physical barriers, sensors, drones, and more resources at our ports of entry – and yes, wall funding as well.

The North Dakota Senator then contended that to truly secure America’s border, both parties need to cooperate on comprehensive immigration and border security legislation, such as the 2013 Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which passed 68-31 through the Senate.

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