Sen. Murkowski apologizes to federal workers affected by shutdown

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska’s senior senator says the partial government shutdown “served no purpose,” and “nobody won.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) posted a video to her YouTube page apologizing to Alaskans who have been affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

“I offer an apology to them, to those who have been impacted so directly by this shutdown, it should not have happened, and my goal is to make sure it doesn’t happen to you again,” Sen. Murkowski said.

Sen. Murkowski says she is supporting several measures that would prevent another shutdown from happening again.

President Donald Trump reopened the government on Friday for three weeks so both sides can continue negotiating his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall.

“If there was every any silver lining to this, it was to understand that there was no good reason for a shutdown ever, but also I think we gained a little bit of appreciation for the good work that our federal employees do for us, -- the work that they do is important and we appreciate it,” she said.

The senator says a conference committee will now get to work on a border security deal.

President Trump said that if Congress doesn't reach a "fair deal" with him on border security by February 15, the government will either shut down again or he will issue a national emergency to obtain funding to build the wall.