NOGALES, AZ (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Senator Martha McSally used two days of legislative downtime to visit U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs officers at the Mariposa and DeConcini ports of entry.
They are furloughed but are still working without pay.
McSally said she heard stories of agents concerned over whether they will be able to make mortgage payments, car payments or feed their families.
She bought 30 pizzas for the 115 agents working in the area. She thanked the agents for working without pay during the shutdown as well as for their patriotism and dedication to duty.
“If I can help them with one meal, it’s at least a bit of help,” she said.
McSally will not take her legislative salary during the shutdown. Asked if she supports the President’s plan for $5.7 billion for the border wall she said “it’s a starting point.”
She says the shutdown has gone on far too long and wants to see compromise bill “which can get 60 votes in the Senate, pass the House and land on the President’s desk.”
President Trump has made it clear there will be no deal to reopen the government without border wall funding.
800,000 workers have been furloughed because of the shutdown. McSally says she doesn’t support shutdown and doesn’t believe they work.
She also believes border security is multi-layered with technology, boots on the ground and barriers where necessary.
McSally will also visit Yuma before she heads back to Washington for two votes on the shutdown on Thursday, Jan. 24.
One for border security with wall funding and one without.
Before visiting the ports, McSally met with members of the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority and a local produce company.
She was expected to speak at the Arizona Builders and Contractors of America’s annual membership dinner at the Savoy Opera House in Tucson Tuesday night.