During a meeting with voters in a town hall on the campus of Richland College Sunday, first-year Democratic Congressman Colin Allred said he was optimistic that another shutdown could be avoided.

"I still hope that this two-fold committee can reach an agreement, that it will receive sufficient support to pass the House and the Senate," Allred told the attendees of the Town Hall. "We need the president to sign it and we have to work on other things."

On Sunday, the White House said it could not exclude a new shutdown. President Trump has asked $ 5.7 billion to finance the extension of the border wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. The calls are centered around $ 1.6 billion. Lawmakers are faced with a deadline of 15 February when parts of the federal government could close for the second time before December 2009.

"I am hopeful, because that is what the American people want and I am hopeful because I think we are not really that far apart," Allred told Good King News 5.

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Allred took questions from people who gathered for one of his first town halls since he was sworn in on January 3rd. At least 200 people personally attended to hear Allred to answer questions in writing.

During the one-and-a-half-hour town hall, a question chuckled as Clay Jenkins from Dallas County read out on the map read by a public member.

"Did you feel Beto O & # 39; Rourke was our Texas senator and would he still be?" Jenkins read.

"I am here in my capacity as a member of Congress, I am not here as a Democrat or Republican, I am not here to talk about politics in any way, form, form or fashion," said Allred. "I am grateful for the service of Congressman O & # 39; Rourke when he was in Congress and I hope he can continue to lead."

Allred undated old Republican USA Rep. Pete Sessions in a fiercely contested election last November.

On Sunday, he regularly told about his efforts to reach the entire path. Allred pointed to policies that he and President Trump agreed, including recognizing the leadership of the opposition in Venezuela and putting pressure on Nicolás Maduro to resign. Although Allred told those present in the town hall, he does not support the American military intervention.

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When asked about the boundary wall, Allred said: "I do not think it is in the interest of the American state or the district that we spend billions and billions on an ineffective wall that would not do the work it was meant to do."

Instead, Allred said he would like to see the enforcement of the coastguard expand, along with more manpower at airports. He said that border security and a boundary wall are not the same and that safety means investing in technology and person power & # 39;

Allred's team said that Allred worked in the district this week while waiting for the birth of his first child with his wife, Alexandra Eber.