Brown then appeared to demonstrate that claim by finding common ground with Democratic Rep. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenate Dem: Trump has to stop ‘reckless’ language on North Korea Trump sparks debate over war resolution for North Korea Foreign Relations Dem: North Korea is the modern-day Cuban missile crisis 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."