The partial government shutdown is now in its 14th day.
South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune took to the Senate floor pushing for funding for the border wall and bemoaning what he called Democrats' lack of support for it.
Thune says Democrats supported a border fence in the past.
Thune says, "The holes in our border security leave us susceptible to illegal entry by gang members, human traffickers, drug dealers, terrorists, and weapons traffickers. Yet Democrats are refusing to budge on sorely needed border security funding. Why? Because Democrats are reluctant to oppose the far-left wing of their party, which increasingly seems to be advancing the preposterous notion that we don't really need to secure our borders at all.
Thune said it's time to fund our border security and end the shutdown.