Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin Senator to announce her presidential bid for 2020, has sought an end to the 34-day long unprecedented government shutdown. She also asked for earliest reopening of the federal 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," she tweeted.
She added: "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." A report in the Washington Post published on Thursday said she was the most searched candidate on the internet after she went public with her bid.
While Trump wants to build a US-Mexico border wall and is seeking USD 5.7 billion in funding for the physical barrier which according to him is a must to prevent flow of illegal immigrants into the US, the Democrats assert that such a move is a waste of taxpayers money. The unprecedented partial shutdown has hit the US hard, as over 800,000 federal government workers are out of work across the key departments.