Democrats in Ohio's congressional delegation were quick to dismiss President Donald Trump's offer on Saturday involving a border wall.
“Let me be clear: This shutdown should have never happened," said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, who said Trump allowed the partial government shutdown after "several right-wing television and radio hosts got under his skin."
"Our priority should be to reopen the government, and the House has been committed to doing that since day one of the new Congress,” he said. “Now the president wants Americans to pay $5.7 billion for a permanent wall in exchange for temporary protections for Dreamers — protections that HE removed when elected. That is laughable."
"What President Trump didn’t talk about today are the hundreds of thousands of workers he has forced to miss shifts or work without pay by shutting down the government — including our border agents," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Saturday. "The president needs to reopen the government and give workers back their paychecks today, and then we can work together to fix our broken immigration system."
Ohio Republicans, meanwhile, urged Democrats to take the offer.
"I think the president has laid out a constructive new proposal that contains the basis for a bipartisan agreement," said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who said Trump's proposal includes many of the ideas that Portman and a group of bipartisan senators have been discussing over the past few weeks. "My hope is that this proposal will spark more good-faith negotiations so we can resolve the current impasse on border security and reopen government."
He said the two sides "are not that far apart."
Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, said: “Negotiations require both sides to give a little. The president has done his part today, and I hope that Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi will come to the table in good faith so that we can end this shutdown and secure our border.”
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, also praised the plan.
"800,000 federal employees are continuing to go unpaid," said Turner. "I support this solution to fully fund border security and reopen the government. ‘No’ is not a solution. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should stop opposing reopening our government and securing our border.”
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said Trump has demonstrated a "willingness to negotiate and ultimately find a bipartisan solution."
“There is a humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border, and failure to act is putting lives at risk," Davidson said. "Congress needs to do its job, providing necessary funding to secure our border, reform our immigration system, and reopen the government."
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, called the Democrats' reaction — Pelosi panned Trump's proposal — "just one more example of President Trump trying to negotiate and being met with an unwillingness to even have a conversation by Speaker Pelosi."
“President Trump has come to the table yet again with a starting point for negotiations to end the shutdown and provide resources necessary to end the humanitarian crisis on the southern border," he said. "Because Democrats will not sit down and talk, he has been forced to negotiate through the media."
He said he was "encouraged" that the Senate would take up the compromise, and urged Pelosi to allow the House to vote on it as well.