New Kansas congresswoman backs budget bill

Proposal would reopen parts of government
New Kansas congresswoman backs budget bill

Kansas’ new Democratic congresswoman will take office Thursday and she’s already preparing to vote for legislation drafted by her party’s leaders for reopening parts of the federal government.

Representative-elect Sharice Davids said Wednesday the package should have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and she hopes it can pass Congress quickly.

The package includes $1.3 billion for border security. That’s far less than President Donald Trump is seeking for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Parts of the federal government have been shut down since Dec. 22 because of the dispute over funding the wall.

Davids said she hopes the president comes to see that the shutdown is bad for the nation.

Top congressional Democrats are calling on President Trump to back bills that would re-open the federal government and said the would introduce legislation Thursday.

The administration has so far rejected the plan, which does not include funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.