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Texas Congressmen Weigh In On Shutdown

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Robin Jerstad
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The Texas Tribune
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is the only Texas Republican in Congress who's said funding for a border wall isn't worth the government shutdown.

Northeast Texas' three U.S. House representatives -- Louie Gomert, John Ratcliffe, and Lance Gooden, all Republicans -- said it is.

Members of Texas' congressional delegation appear to agree on one thing: They want the government shutdown to end.

But when asked by The Texas Tribune and other news outlets whether the stalemate over President Trump's $5.7 billion border wall is worth federal employees and contractors missing their paychecks, they're divided along party lines — save for one border lawmaker, Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd.

Apart from the congressman from Helotes, Republicans reached by the Tribune aren't breaking ranks with Trump; they blame Democrats for not negotiating with the president. Democrats, meanwhile, say they won't vote on any bill that holds federal workers' paychecks hostage. Several lawmakers did not respond to multiple Tribune requests for comment.

200,000 federal workers live in Texas.

  • Click here to see how each member answered the Texas Tribune's poll.