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Washington D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) joined Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” (guest hosted by Sandra Smith) to discuss border security and the government shutdown.

Excerpts of the interview are below, or watch online here.

“It is not about money because we have to appropriate within the dollar figure we’ve already set. We could fund this easily as you can see. The question is, philosophically, do you want to have open borders or a border that you actually can control? And do you want to open the government? What the president really was able to pick up on and it came across with some of the Democrats, it might be easier for them to have this discussion after the vote for Speaker tomorrow. The president said let’s go back on Friday after the Speaker vote and maybe you will be in a different position and could actually start negotiating so we could get the government open.”

“Well, very clearly for the last 13 days, the Democrats would offer nothing. Today they offered nothing. There was only one side inside that room that was willing to compromise and come to an agreement. The number of times I had to ask the Democrats: okay, what is your offer then? Or, I could not even get them to define what border security is. They say they believe in border security. Then I took it to the next level, okay, could you define what border security is for me? They don’t want to talk about having a wall. That’s an element of border security.”