INTERVIEW: Senator Mike Crapo talks shutdown, immigration debate

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The battle of wills continues in Washington D.C. as the government shutdown enters its’ third week.

While many thought President Trump would issue an emergency declaration during his first address to the nation from the Oval Office, the president made no mention of the option. But, Senator Mike Crapo said that doesn’t mean the possibility it out of the question.

“I would prefer to see him not do that,” Sen. Crapo said. “I don’t think that the national emergency designation or declaration is something that should be used easily and for a very long period of time…I can see why the president may be using that pressure and why he may actually use it for a period of time in order to get past this bump in the road, and I hope it’s just a bump in the road in terms of our negotiations.”

Border funding has been a constant battle for President Trump. But, Sen. Crapo said the president may have a few more negotiating tools available to be.

“Even in this last congress when we had our series of votes in the Senate on various immigration issues, you’ll remember there, the president had his wall funding in the immigration debate about a year and a half ago and the president said, ‘In return for that, I will give you the DACA solution that you want for unaccompanied minor children and I will actually give you more of that then you’ve asked for,'” Sen. Crapo said. “I think that’s an area where that kind of commitment could still get back on the table, and there are other pieces of the immigration issue which could be negotiated. ”

Bickering over budget funds has also buried a recent Washington Post op-ed from newly elected Utah Senator Mitt Romney. After lobbing criticism at President Trump’s character and behavior in office, Sen. Crapo said he thinks Sen. Romney could still do a lot of good in Congress. He does wish, however, the freshman senator from Utah wouldn’t have published such a divisive piece.

“I liked Mitt Romney,” Sen. Crapo said. “I think he’d had been a fabulous president and I still like Mitt Romney. I think he’s going to be a great senator. I just was discouraged by that opinion piece.”