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IN Focus: Rokita, Banks on shutdown drama, Mattis depature

INDIANAPOLIS - Rep. Todd Rokita appeared on this week's edition of IN Focus to discuss the high-stakes drama in DC as lawmakers try to avoid a prolonged government shutdown.

“President Trump made a promise to the American people to build the border wall, and it is now time for Congress to help deliver by providing the necessary funding to build the wall,” Rokita said in a written statement this week. “I made a similar promise: an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect our country, and that's why I will vote on spending bills that properly continue fixing our border security, including an effective wall.”

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) voiced his displeasure with the situation, citing the hundreds of thousands of government workers impacted.

Carson said simply: "This is no way to run a country."

In the video above, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) shares his thoughts on the shutdown, and on the departure of defense secretary James Mattis, who resigned on Thursday after the President's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.

Banks said he was disappointed Mattis was stepping down, and also said he hope the President would not make the decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.

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