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Iowa’s congressional delegation released statements regarding the deal to reopen the federal government on Friday.

Senator Chuck Grassley praised President Donald Trump for showing he is willing to work across the aisle.

“Congress has a responsibility to reach a compromise that funds the government and addresses key humanitarian and immigration challenges facing our nation,” Grassley said. “Today President Trump demonstrated yet again that he is willing to be flexible and negotiate a solution to end the government shutdown. It’s high time Minority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi end their blockade and come to the table to work out a solution that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year and addresses the border crisis. Saying ‘no’ to every compromise proposal put forth by the president without providing a counterproposal that can be agreed to by all sides isn’t leadership, it’s abdication. And the American people are paying the price. The final package should also end government shutdowns once and for all.”

Congresswoman Cindy Axne said she is pleased that the respective parties reached the deal.

“But no matter which political party is in charge, the practice of using a shutdown to advance any political or policy agenda is unacceptable,” she said. “I am incredibly grateful for our dedicated federal workforce, those who worked without receiving a paycheck and those who were furloughed for the past 35 days.”

Axne said she is focused on finding a solution in the next few weeks.

“Over the next three weeks, I will work with my Republican and Democratic colleagues to keep our government open while negotiating a bipartisan deal to strengthen our border security,” she said. “I’m ready to get to work to lower the cost of health care, support our farmers and strengthen our rural communities.”



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