/ Modified jan 25, 2019 4:30 p.m.

McSally on Shutdown, Drought Contingency Plan, Priorities in Senate

The freshman senator sat down with Arizona 360 host Lorraine Rivera in Nogales.

Arizona 360 heard from federal lawmakers this week as they returned to Arizona while waiting to vote on a potential solution to the partial government shutdown. Newly appointed Sen. Martha McSally sat down with Lorraine Rivera during a visit Tuesday to the border in Nogales. Their discussion began with McSally's decision to postpone her pay until the shutdown ends:

"I thought it was the right thing to do to say: 'I'm with you. I got your back. I'm standing with you as we fight to break this impasse, but I'm also not going to get paid during this time, and we're going to work through this together,'" McSally said.

She also addressed lawmakers' role in ending the shutdown.

"We need very quickly the House, the Senate and the administration to come together to figure out a path forward. Not the political games. But what do we really need to open up the federal government," McSally said.

And McSally spoke about working with Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema:

"We're already working together on a number of issues that we worked on together in the House," McSally said. "The campaign is over. Sen. Sinema won. I have been given the opportunity to be appointed. We are both now serving alongside each other on behalf of Arizona. And our approach is what's best for our state moving forward."

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