WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as President Trump’s shutdown continues to hurt Ohio families. Ohioans have reached out to Sen. Brown’s office to share their stories of how the shutdown is hurting them.  

“Mitch McConnell could put a bill on the floor today reopening the government, but he won’t. The President could ask him to do that, but he won’t,” said Brown. “I’m calling on them today – Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, listen to these Ohioans. Talk to the workers and military members and small business owners who you’re hurting. Reopen the government.”

The government shutdown is now in its 26th day. On the call, Brown shared stories of Ohioans who have been forced to address the ramifications of Trump’s shutdown, including: 

  • The spouse of an active-duty Coast Guard servicemember whose family is going without a paycheck even as her husband continues to fight for the government that has left their family ‘scrambling to find a way to make it work.’ 
  • A small business owner who can’t move forward with her new business because she can’t access her SBA loan during the shutdown.
  • An FAA worker in Cincinnati and an IRS worker who aren’t receiving their paychecks and are struggling to pay the bills.

Brown has called on President Trump repeatedly to reopen the government. Last week, Brown took to the Senate floor to call on President Trump to end the government shutdown that is hurting American workers. 

Last week, Brown met with workers who are being hurt by the ongoing government shutdown. Today, Brown plans to introduce legislation to secure back pay for government contract employees who have gone without pay during the government shutdown. Brown also joined Senate colleagues in a letter this week calling on the Administration to direct federal agencies to ensure government contractors receive the back pay they deserve.

Before the holidays, the Senate unanimously passed a clean funding measure, which Brown supported. The White House indicated it would support that short-term spending measure to fund the government before President Trump abruptly changed course and shut down the government. The House passed a similar measure to fund the government and reopen the government with bipartisan support.