Brown then appeared to demonstrate that claim by finding common ground with Democratic Rep. Edward Markey (Mass.) on federal spending. Brown said he is "proud" that the Senate boosted transportation funding compared to a version passed by House Republicans.
"I find it very frustrating myself that every time there’s a problem, we're going to shut down the government. Really? Since when?" Brown said. "That's not how I was taught, as a selectman."
Brown and Markey disagreed on taxes, as Markey said new taxes on high-income earners should be considered, while Brown said it is not "appropriate" to raise taxes during what he said was a "three-year recession."