As was reported by the Washington Post, freshman Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), on Wednesday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to offer President Trump a vote on border security funding if he first agrees to end the prolonged government shutdown.
The shutdown is off for now, possibly only for three weeks, at which time funding will be gone, and it could possibly be shut down again.
Luria she would be open to a menu of border security options, including a “physical barrier” of some type. This might be helpful in negotiations to attend to border
“He’s not talking about a wall from sea to shining sea,” she said of the president. “That is not what we are talking about. We are talking about physical barriers as recommended by experts.”
The letter marks the first time Luria has publicly engaged the leadership of her party since winning her first bid for public office late last year.
Her office collected signatures from lawmakers throughout the day Wednesday, even as Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic leaders were drafting a proposal to support increased spending on border security, without a wall, if the White House opens the government.