Live: Rep. Rob Bishop speaks with KUTV's Heidi Hatch

Live: Rep. Rob Bishop speaks with KUTV's Heidi Hatch (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV)- Wednesday afternoon, Utah's Representative, Rob Bishop, spoke exclusively to KUTV's Heidi Hatch on the Senate deal heading to the House.

"My gut reaction is that no one wants to see a shutdown that's irresponsible. We didn't want the last one and we don't want to be the part of a future one," Bishop told Hatch.

Bishop calls the Senate deal "extremely good especially for the military- the military over the past decade has been underfunded four major cuts and two man-power reductions. This doesn't reverse all of that but it starts us in that direction."

After Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi’s, 8-hour floor speech, a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan deal would fund the government for two years.

Bishop said the Senate deal “will probably stop all this brinksmanship with continuing resolutions because it will set the budget standards for everything else and it will keep it going for a couple years.”

A 2-year budget deal would be good for Bishop’s Congressional District where the IRS and Hill Air Force Base employ a significant number of people including civilians. “It's important,” he said to “give stability so if you have this two-year cap project you can make contracts and people know what is going to happen.”

Bishop says he’s ready to talk DACA and border security once the budget is passed. He spent this past weekend on the US/Mexico border where “unfortunately it is the same problem we have had over the last decade.”

80% of the border from California to Texas is “owned by the Feds and half of that is in the wilderness where border patrol cannot use border patrol," Bishops said. The border patrol can’t stop cartels because motorized vehicles are not allowed on much of the Federal land, Bishop explained.

80% of the border from California to Texas is “owned by the Feds and half of that is in the wilderness where border patrol cannot use border patrol.” Bishop says the border patrol can’t stop cartels because motorized vehicles are not allowed on much of the Federal land.

“If they are trying to catch a cartel bringing illegal drugs is to have someone behind and in front of them and close them together. If they don't have access East and West then you can't do that, you have to wait until they are in urban areas to use those procedures.”

Changes to the Federal land are part of the bigger picture on immigration and one Bishop plans to focus on. For more on immigration, DACA and a budget deal- listen to his full interview.

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