Brown Moves to Reopen the Government, Republicans Object

Senate Agrees to Delay Next Vote until Noon Monday while Bipartisan Negotiations Continue; Senator Repeated Call to Reopen Government & Let Bipartisan Talks Continue, Provide Certainty for Ohio Military Installations, Families, Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) moved to reopen the government immediately and allow Republicans and Democrats to keep working over the next three days on a long-term compromise to provide certainty for Ohio families, businesses and military installations. Republicans objected to Brown’s motion, showing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no interest in working with Democrats to come together and reopen the government.

Shortly after Brown’s motion, Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to delay all voting until noon Monday to allow bipartisan negotiations to continue. Brown’s bill would have reopened the government for three days to give Senators time to continue negotiating while ensuring federal government functions can continue.

“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to get this done. There’s no reason we can’t reopen the government right now,” said Brown. “And there’s no reason we can’t strike a bipartisan compromise over the next few days to ensure we don’t end up right back here in three weeks.”

Brown is continuing to work this weekend toward a bipartisan solution to reopen the government and provide certainty for Ohio families, businesses and military installations. Brown introduced a pair of bills yesterday to ensure that in the event of a government shutdown, members of the military will get paid and members of Congress will not.