Sen. Susan Collins, Key Republican Swing Vote, Backs Trump On Border Wall Fight


Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is coming out in support of President Donald Trump’s proposal for ending the government shutdown.

Collins cited a litany of problems caused by the shutdown in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. She said Trump’s plan “is by no means ideal but it would result in the reopening of government, my priority.”

She also said “the outlines of a compromise are before us.”

There will be two votes Thursday in the Senate.

One will be on a bill reflecting Trump’s demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. The other is on a Democratic proposal that would fund security improvements but contains no money for a wall.