CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's Republican senator says he can't understand President Barack Obama's refusal to negotiate on ending the federal shutdown impasse, while his Democratic counterpart warns that Republicans would then use shutdowns as a tool again in the future.
The GOP's Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area says while it's important to head off the looming debt limit crisis, there needs to be an effort to address underlying budget and debt problems.
Portman wants a plan that cuts spending and reforms the tax code to stimulate growth. He says Obama's refusal on negotiations is unusual.
Sherrod Brown, the Democrat of Cleveland, says if Obama gives in, Republicans would continue to threaten shutdowns, leading to what he calls "government by hostage-taking."
Brown says House leaders should put the Senate's plan to a vote.
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