Ohio's two senators split their votes this afternoon on a pair of measures designed to end the partial federal government shutdown.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman voted for the GOP measure and against the Democratic bill introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. By contrast, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown opposed the Republican measure and supported the one introduced by Schumer.
Portman, who has been part of a group of 20 senators trying to forge a compromise acceptable to President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats, said “as predicted, both bills failed today.”
“Now it's time to coalesce around a third way that has support from some Republicans and some Democrats and that I have been advocating for weeks,” Portman said. “It would reopen government in the short term with the commitment to a border security plan that can be enacted in the next few weeks.”
By contrast, Brown issued a statement in which he only referred to supporting the Schumer bill without even acknowledging he voted against the GOP measure that also would have opened the government as well as providing money for a border barrier.
When asked Brown’s reasoning for opposing the Republican bill, a spokeswoman said that Brown has said “the president needs to re-open the government and then we can have a conversation about border security.”