US Sen. Rob Portman said he expects shutdown to end 'in a few days'

YOUNGSTOWN - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said today he expects the partial federal government shutdown to end in a few days because the president will declare funding for a southern border wall to be a national emergency.

Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican, is in Youngstown to talk about a $10.8 million federal grant awarded to Youngstown for a major infrastructure-improvement project.

When asked about the shutdown, Portman said he’s been trying to work on a compromise to get the government reopened.

He also said he opposes government shutdowns and introduced legislation today to permanently end them.

For the complete story, read Saturday’s Vindicator and

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