NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Senator Lamar Alexander made a statement on Twitter today regarding the government shutdown.
Around 3:30 p.m. on Christmas day the Senator tweeted:
"I want to make sure Tennesseans know, as I have said from its beginning, that I believe there is no excuse whatsoever for this partial government shutdown. When the government shut down under President Obama, I said that I was elected to make the government work for taxpayers, not to shut it down. The same is true under President Trump. "
Senator Alexander went on to say that the shutdown was a waste of taxpayer dollars, adds uncertainty to the economy and hurts small businesses around our national parks.
He concluded by saying, "A government shutdown should be as off limits in budget negotiations as chemical weapons are in warfare. This shutdown is a failure by negotiators, both Democrat and Republican, and will produce a success for no one."
This comes one week after the Senator announced he would not be running for re-election in 2020 .