WASHINGTON – Sen. Sherrod Brown accused President Donald Trump of throwing “a temper tantrum” by rejecting Senate efforts to finance the operations of the federal government without including billions of dollars for a wall on the Mexican border.

With the federal government partially closing at midnight Friday, Brown, D-Ohio, assailed Trump, saying his refusal to approve a Senate spending bill will force “border agents to work without pay over the holidays” and is hurting working Americans who "expect elected leaders to do their jobs.”

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, charged that while Republicans have “mastered the art of winning elections by fear-mongering ... it is abundantly clear they have yet to master the art of governing the country."

“As President Trump emphatically told us last week from the Oval Office, this shutdown is on him,” Ryan said.

The Senate approved a spending bill Thursday but did not include taxpayer money for Trump’s wall, which he insisted during his 2016 campaign would be paid for by Mexico. The House on Thursday approved its own version by a vote of 217-to-185, which included $5.7 billion for the border wall.

But it was obvious throughout the week that there were not the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to agree to the House bill.

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, said he believes “we must pass a funding bill, which includes border security." But Stivers added “while securing our border is extremely important, it should not come at the cost of neglecting the fundamental duty of keeping the lights turned on.”