Sen. Tom Udall address effects of government shutdown

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Democratic Sen. Tom Udall had strong words Tuesday for President Trump over the government shutdown and the disagreement over border wall funding. 

“We can debate these issues, and we will. But in the meantime, we need to open up the government. Too many New Mexicans have already been hurt by President Trump’s act of political extortion,” Sen. Udall said. 

New Mexico has been identified as one of the states most affected by the shutdown, and Udall says it’s really starting to take a toll on the state’s economy. 

He pointed to tribal lands, where health and public safety services are on hold; as well as national parks and monuments, that are now into their fourth week of not being maintained, and not brining in tourist dollars. 

“The shutdown has also closed USDA, shutting down loans for farmers and ranchers and economic development programs for rural communities. Food assistance is in jeopardy for hundreds of thousands in New Mexico,” Sen. Udall said.

Udall called on Republican leaders to stand up to the president to end the shutdown. The president has blamed Democrats for being unwilling to negotiate funding for the wall. 

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