Brown then appeared to demonstrate that claim by finding common ground with Democratic Rep. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban FCC votes to limit program funding internet access for low-income communities Two GOP senators oppose Trump’s EPA chemical safety nominee MORE (Mass.) on federal spending. Brown said he is "proud" that the Senate boosted transportation funding compared to a version passed by House Republicans.

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Brown also rejected the idea that Republicans should be looking to shut down the government.

"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."