If securing the border and averting a government shutdown means Christmas away from the 8th Congressional District, then you can count Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher in for that. The House of Representatives passed their own version of a stopgap funding bill that does provide the $5 billion the Trump administration requested for building a wall on the country’s southern border. Rep. Gallagher says he is happy they are finally having the debate, even if it puts holiday plans in jeopardy.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Gallagher also expressed concern about the sudden resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He believes the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw troops from volatile areas like Syria and Afghanistan is a mistake and could make the country less safe.