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Local leaders respond to federal government shutdown

Local leaders respond to federal government shutdown (Photo: LWYang / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

OHIO (WKEF/WRGT) – The Senate vote on a new government spending bill failed to pass on Friday evening, launching a federal government shutdown.

The vote failed 50 to 49. Sixty were needed to advance the bill.

Several local leaders have since responded to the shutdown via social media.

Senator Rob Portman voted for the budged bill and sent a series of tweets shortly after the failure was announced.

“Shutdowns are unnecessary and counter-productive. I would hope democrats re-consider their opposition to this non-controversial, short-term funding bill and work with us to keep the government running,” Portman said in a tweet.

Democratic Senator Sharrod Brown voted no on the bill and tweeted a video addressing the shutdown and encouraging both sides to work together.

“…We need to stay here together and fix this. Too many lives, there's too much uncertainty and there are too many families and too many lives in Ohio and that's why we need to stay and fix this,” Brown said in the video.

In a later tweet, Brown said he will be donating his take-home pay to an Ohio charity that is dedicated to helping struggling families.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley also weighed in on Twitter.

It simply reads, “Republican House Republican Senate Republican White House Republican Shutdown”

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