The clock is ticking towards a federal government shutdown as Congress has yet to approve a spending bill. The main point of contention is the allotment of $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At least one Ohio lawmaker is adamantly speaking against a shutdown.
Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman has a bill that would take shutdowns off the table in future budget negotiations.
While Portman acknowledges the border wall has become a wedge to both sides, he’s hopeful about finding middle ground.
“There has to be some sort of a compromise where we would have some kind of border security be increased and you can still avoid shutting down government," Portman said.