Gardner, Bennet

U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner, center, and Michael Bennet, at right, of Colorado speak to a vendor at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver in January 2018.

Following Friday's announcement of a deal between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to reopen the government until Feb. 15 while negotiations over border security funding continue, Colorado's two U.S. senators issued statements.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who defied Trump by being one of a handful of Republicans to vote Thursday for an unsuccessful bill reopening the government without wall funding, said this:

“I’ve been clear that I do not believe government shutdowns are ever the right answer, and I applaud the president’s funding resolution to reopen the government and provide a platform for additional border security funding.

“Today’s announcement to reopen the government and come together to negotiate border security is what I have been saying from the very beginning. Now that the government will reopen, it is time to leave partisan corners, work together to fund border security, and get back to work for the American people.”

Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who caused a stir Thursday with his fiery Senate-floor speech attacking U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas over the shutdown, had this to say:

“For 35 days, more than 800,000 public servants bared the brunt of this reckless government shutdown. The next three weeks provide an opportunity for bipartisan and constructive conversations on how to secure our border in a way that reflects our values as Americans.

“Now that President Trump has come to his senses, we must ensure his administration immediately restores back pay to federal workers and gives these families a chance to get back on their feet.”

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