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January 25, 2019 14:21
Kamala Harris Seeks End to Government Shutdown

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The first Indian origin senator Kamala Harris has sought an end to the government shutdown and for earliest reopening of the federal government, which has reached 34th day, making the longest one in the United States history.

The Democratic Party leader from California said that the Senate will vote on a clean bill Thursday to fund the government.

"It's been 34 days since the government shut down. The Senate will vote on a clean bill today to fund the government that we unanimously approved one month ago. Let's get this done. 800,000 federal workers are counting on us," Harris said in a tweet.

Trump wants to build the United States-Mexico border wall and is seeking USD 5.7 billion in financial support for the physical barrier which according to him is essential to prevent the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.

The Democrats assert that such a move is a "waste" of taxpayers money.

The partial shutdown has impacted the country hard with more than 800,000 federal government workers out of work across the key departments.

Three days after announcing her presidential bid, Harris, 54, said that there are Federal Bureau of Investigation employees currently furloughed.

"There are DHS employees working unpaid & stretching their hours. It's the height of hypocrisy to suggest that a border wall is about securing our nation. If you want our nation secure, you'd pay the folks whose job it is to do that," she asserted.

Harris officially launched her campaign for the US presidential election in 2020 to take on President Donald Trump on Monday, saying she was "honored" to announce her bid on a day when Americans celebrated Martin Luther King Jr who sought inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

The first of the straw poll that came after she announced her candidature, Harris has emerged on top of the list of nearly 10 current or prospective Democratic presidential candidates.

According to a report in the Washington Post published Thursday, she was the most searched candidate on the internet after she went public with her bid.

-Sowmya Sangam

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