GOP rep on border wall dispute: ‘This is such a silly and asinine debate’

Rep. Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedHere are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-N.Y.) on Thursday called the dispute over whether to build a wall along the southern border "a silly and asinine debate."

Reed, appearing on CNN's "New Day," also called on lawmakers "to move past this" and negotiate a deal.


“I’ve seen the president use the term 'border wall,' 'border security,' but I just saw Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push The Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats MORE use ‘not a dollar for a wall.’ This is such a silly and asinine debate," Reed said.

"We need to move past this. We need to get into border security, which will include a wall. So someone’s going to break their word, so to speak, but at the end of the day who loses in that is the American people," he continued.


Reed also said that a border wall would not be "coast to coast" if it gets approved.

“Many people think of the wall as coast to coast," he said. "That is not going to be the outcome of a compromise position. There’s hundreds of miles that are relevant for application of a wall-type border security measure.”

The federal government is currently in a partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 with lawmakers at odds over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's demand for $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border.

Democrats in Congress have said they will not approve any funding for a wall, while Trump has pledged to keep the government shut down as long as it takes to secure that funding. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in border security funding.

Trump and lawmakers met Wednesday at the White House to discuss the border, but there were no indications afterward that the two sides were close to a deal that would reopen the government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after the meeting that he didn't believe "any particular progress was made" and suggested the shutdown could continue for weeks.