Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey stopped by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wednesday to hear firsthand how the partial government shutdown is impacting families.
The food bank has been putting food on the tables of families who are struggling after a month of missed paychecks.
Casey said the government needs to be reopened before serious negotiations can take place.
“The first order of business is to open the government, and we can talk about border security for the days and weeks and months ahead,” he said.
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is placing blame for the shutdown squarely on Democrats. Toomey spoke with ABC27 News on Tuesday and said he supports President Trump’s proposal for increased border security.
Toomey said he hopes seven Democrats will vote with Republicans this week to pass Trump’s border plan, which would bring the shutdown to an end.
“My hope is that some of my Democratic colleagues decide this is a lot of what we always wanted,” Toomey said. “We always supported border security in the past, including just last year”.
Toomey put a lot of the blame on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she refuses to negotiate.