Banking panel Republican says he can work with Sherrod Brown

Banking panel Republican says he can work with Sherrod Brown

The next top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee said Wednesday he expects plenty of progress in 2017 after a sluggish two years under its current chairman.

Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Lawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (R-Idaho), is expected to be either the chairman or ranking member of the committee in the next session of Congress, depending on which party controls the Senate. Current chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is term-limited out of the position by GOP rules.

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Crapo had high praise for his likely foil, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBoth sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Lawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank Hillicon Valley: Senate Dems unveil privacy bill | Trump campaign, RNC rip Google political ad policy | Activists form national coalition to take on Amazon | Commerce issues rule to secure communications supply chain MORE (D-Ohio), after the progressive firebrand on Tuesday called him "straightforward and honorable" despite their political differences.

"We are politically very far apart in terms of our personal political views," said Crapo, but "the fact is we have been able to find significant areas of consensus where we can agree to move forward on good policy, so I expect that we would be able to do that."

Brown and fellow Senate Democrats have railed against Shelby for the committee's lack of movement on major legislation. They've also criticized Shelby for waiting 15 months before holding a confirmation vote on nominees before the committee. Shelby told reporters he was holding off on votes until he cleared his primary in March.

Crapo too said he was frustrated with a lack of progress across Congress, but predicted bridges built between Banking members this session would reap rewards in 2017. He highlighted Dodd-Frank and federal housing as areas where he and Brown could work together.

"It's just working on issues — on the part of both of us — instead of trying to find the areas where we have disagreement, working to identify those areas where we can find agreement," said Crapo.