Ohio's U.S. Senators See Different Ends To Shutdown

Jan 18, 2019

President Trump; U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (L); U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators are speaking out against the partial federal government shutdown.

But Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are taking different stances to end the shutdown. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Brown says it’s time for Senate Republicans to approve a bipartisan budget despite President Donald Trump’s objections.


“There are beginning to be cracks in this ‘whatever the president wants, we do’ view of Senate Republicans and I’m hopeful that continues and it helps us open the government in the next couple of days.”


But Portman believes Democrats have the ability to reach a solution with Trump.


“The reasons we’re in this shutdown is because both sides are unwilling to talk, that’s what makes this so stupid.”


Portman said on the Senate floor that Democrats have supported physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in the past and that Trump can switch from building a wall and making a fence.