U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) issued the following statement on the ongoing impasse in Congress over funding the federal government:
"The gridlock and partisanship in Washington right now is disgusting. With economic instability in the United States and around the world, it's unacceptable for Congress to add more uncertainty to the marketplace by threatening another government shutdown.
"We have people in Massachusetts and across the country who need disaster assistance right now, but this latest episode of partisan politics threatens to hold back relief from those who need it most. It's time for people on both sides to stop bickering and work together on policies that will get our economy going. We are Americans first."
9/21/11: Boston Globe: Fight over disaster aid prompts shutdown talk
Another government shutdown tempest is brewing that could hinge on how much Congress spends for disaster relief, and several Republicans who voted with Democrats last week - including Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts - are in the spotlight.
"I voted for it twice already, so I'm going to vote for it again,'' Brown said. "People need assistance, they're hurting, and we should plan better for these types of things.''