Sen. John Cornyn on government shutdown, border security

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KBTX) - Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn spoke to News 3's D.C. bureau about the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, security concerns at the border and what's next on Capitol Hill.

"It seems to me if there was the political will to actually resolve this, it could be done in a very short order," said Cornyn of the shutdown. "And what the House passed last night can't pass the Senate because it's just a temporary stopgap measure that will end February 8 with no real solution in sight."

Cornyn cites the opioid crisis as a border issue, too.

"This is not just about illegal immigration, the asylum seeker," Cornyn said. "The border is where we see 90 percent of the heroin that comes from Mexico into the U.S. that's contributed to the death of 70,000 Americans last year."

For the full conversation with Cornyn, see the video player above.