Brown Votes to Reopen Government, Keep Working On Long-Term Bipartisan Compromise

Senator Applauds Extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program, After Months of Calling for a Vote on His Bipartisan Bill to Extend It

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) voted today to reopen the government through Feb. 8, 2018, and vowed to continue working toward a long-term, bipartisan compromise on a number of key Ohio priorities. Brown voted yes today after bipartisan talks over the weekend showed a long-term, bipartisan budget solution is achievable. Brown will continue working for the long-term budget Ohioans deserve, rather than short-term patches that lead to uncertainty and hurt our military readiness. Today’s vote will give both sides time to reach that solution.

“We cannot continue limping along from one budget to the next – that’s no way to run our government,” said Brown. “Over the weekend I talked to Republicans and Democrats, and I’m confident we are very close to reaching a long-term compromise to provide the certainty Ohio families deserve. That’s why I’m voting today to reopen the government. I applaud the six-year extension of CHIP, and now we must move forward on achieving bipartisan solutions to important issues like protecting the retirement workers have earned, combating the opioid epidemic and protecting undocumented children who’ve known no other home than America.

“In my conversations over the weekend, it was clear that Senators on both sides of the aisle want to work together to end the constant uncertainty coming from Washington, and I'm hopeful this will be the beginning of more cooperation and bipartisanship in the months ahead.”

Brown will donate the pay he received during the government shutdown to an Ohio diaper bank that will support struggling families.