WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement after President Trump announced a new plan to strengthen our border security, pass consensus reform measures like DACA, and reopen the government:  

“The president has laid out a constructive new proposal that contains the basis for a bipartisan agreement. It includes many of the same ideas I have been discussing in bipartisan talks with senators 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 the government.

“As I have said repeatedly, we are not that far apart. We should get a commitment to provide border security, reopen the government and pass legislation to stop government shutdowns in the future. I will continue my discussions with Democratic and Republican colleagues this weekend to achieve this result.” 

NOTE: Last week, Senator Portman led the introduction of two pieces of legislation: one to resolve the shutdown impasse by enhancing border security while codifying DACA protections, and the other to permanently prevent future government shutdowns.