House Dem: Both sides need to 'come to the table'

House Dem: Both sides need to 'come to the table'
© Greg Nash

A New Jersey Democrat on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is calling for Congress to reach a compromise with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBooker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Booker hits Biden's defense of remarks about segregationist senators: 'He's better than this' Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies' MORE to reopen the government and begin negotiations on border security and immigration reform after the shutdown ends.

In an interview with CNN, Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerCNN's Rye: U.S. will soon be running 'death camps' at the border CNN's Rye: U.S. will soon be running 'death camps' at the border Bipartisan bill would enable companies to defend themselves against cyberattacks MORE (D-N.J.) said that both sides have a duty to "come to the table" and compromise, but added that negotiations of any type cannot happen while thousands of government workers remain unpaid.

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"Open the government first, because you can't negotiate about anything while the government is closed," Gottheimer told CNN's John Berman. "Then, after the government is reopened, let's get together at the table and talk about border security which obviously is essential, but also immigration reform and what we can do to fix our immigration system."

"But you've got to come to the table," he added. "And what I've been saying now for weeks, and what so many of us have been saying, is we've got to actually talk to each other. But you can't talk while the government is shut down, because there's no way you're going to actually have a productive conversation, and it's not how our government should operate."

President Trump and Democrats have battled for weeks over funding for the federal government, which the White House says Trump will not approve without a bill containing more than $5 billion for construction of a border wall.

The shutdown reached its 34th day on Thursday. Thousands of federal workers who remain furloughed or at work without pay are scheduled to miss a second paycheck on Friday.