Brown: 'Everything's on the table' to keep government running
February 28th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
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Brown: 'Everything's on the table' to keep government running

(CNN) - As members of Congress return to Washington Monday to make a last-minute effort to keep the federal government running, one Republican senator says all options are being considered to stave off a government shutdown.

"In the Senate, everything's on the table," Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, said this morning on CNN's American Morning. "Not only me, but my colleagues, we're ready to sit down and hammer it out so we can keep the country funded and tackle the other issues we have."

Brown said the current budget situation is providing an opening for politicians to confront the country's fiscal shortfalls.

"What we are seeing is that this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the very real fiscal and financial problems we're having in this country," Brown said.

He continued, "We need to make serious efforts to get our fiscal house in order, and I'm encouraging everybody to get the two-week extension and save the American people money."

Speaking on the morning show, Brown also spoke about his experience with sexual abuse as a child. Brown details the abuse in his new memoir, "Against All Odds."

Brown said he hoped his book would help other families have important discussions about abuse.

"I wanted to have a good book, a book that didn't end up in the dollar bins, but would help people open up the doors so they could take circumstances that happened in their lives and talk about it," he said.

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  1. diridi

    This idiot is a kid, he does not know as to what he is talking....o.k.

    February 28, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Okay – so NOW the BROWN cow will constantly be in the news???? What he is saying is no different from what we have been hearing all along....................NOTHING DIFFERENT – NOTHING NEW!!!! He's just "publishing" his book that is somewhat difficult to believe that NO ONE knew about his unfortunate "very bad" childhood. But I am also wondering if this is a prerequisite for emerging out of the closet........(Eww, I hate saying that but maybe others are thinking it also.)

    Anyway – the LEFT and the RIGHT are trying to politically score on this because they know DARN WELL that they are NOT going to shutdown the government. It’s all about playing games and confusing the minds of the American people!!!!

    February 28, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. gt

    this guy needs to be president...he has leadership... and guts..

    February 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    Oh, let's go ahead and get the shutdown over with. The TP's won't be happy until they get one to show themselves how important they are. When the public ire is focused on the TP's then the democrats and remaining republicans can sit down and work out a compromise of some sort.

    February 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. LooneyBin

    Scott Brown is my kind of Republican – one who focuses only on fiscal matters and accomplishing things and who leaves the Bible thumping in church. Maybe we should only have Republican congresspeople from liberal states and Democrat congresspeople from conservative states. I wonder how much we'd get done.

    February 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Not even in a perfect world will Republicans do anything to help President Obama to help Americans, they want him to fail.

    February 28, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. NVa Native

    Everything should be on the table so far as rational deliberation. But appeasing your base of idiots as in the right wing fringe, will ruin the Repub party. But don't forget in '94 there wasn't a neo-con propoganda machine like fox cable tv out there spewing out lies and nonsnse. Back then the right wingers were held to deal with reality which included facts, science, and history. Now the neo-cons have abandoned integrity and honesty for a simple distortion that fits on a bumper-sticker.

    February 28, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that there is the understanding that DOD needs to be reformed in how it accounts for things (little by little if needed) as well as major reviews of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I have an idea for Social Security; slowly extend the retirement age to 70 assuming that the average lifetime goes further than that; remove the cap on what is taxed so that we can get all these high paid sports stars and movie people; this is just to start. Taxes for Medicaid and Medicare might also have to rise for that.

    We also need to get a way so that if any one business is barred from doing business with the government that every agency knows. There are ways to do that. It could be done through the IRS where everyone runs the Federal Employer Identification Number the prohibited database and finds what they are not allowed to do. That might also clear up some companies with back taxes due.

    February 28, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. USA401

    This guy is the only Republican Senator who has maintained dignity, respect and has been working in the middle to find the BEST solutions for the American people and not playing with ideological BS.

    February 28, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    Everything?? Does that include reducing Congressional salaries to 2008, or even 2006 levels? Doing so may even boost approval ratings of Congress half a point or so.

    Then work on real solutions, keeping in mind that no reasonable fix is available with taxes so low.

    Problem is, repugs want to improve the situation on the backs of the middle income workers, leaving the rich to "trickle down" on middle and lower income Americans

    February 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Annie, Atlanta

    Why would Republicans even consider shutting down our government? We're not even out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and they want to put the screws to all of us. Why? Could it really be true that they couldn't care less about any of us unless we have very very deep pockets? If so, at least we know where we stand with them ... that is at least some of us know where we stand with them.

    February 28, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. LovesIrony

    "In the Senate, everything's on the table," Good, lets start taking away lifetime health insurance for all congressman. Pay for it yourselves.

    February 28, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Tony

    I'm sorry for the abuse Sen. Brown suffered but that does not have anything to do with the budget so why would it even be part of this new-story. It seems no effort was really put into this piece.

    February 28, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Taioseach

    I like this guy. He put McConnell in his place and votes his own way. If he were to run for president, this is the first and only republican I would vote for.

    February 28, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Mr. Brown ware were you when Bush was starting 2 wars? And, what side of the issue were you on when it came to giving tax breaks to the rich?

    February 28, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    Among items that can't be cut, I just saw the story on Military Health costs, up 300% since W took office. Who couldn't see that coming? I guess the Pentagon Brass, as 'alarm bells' were ringing. Not the brightest bunch:

    Solders getting wounded by the zillions and no one expected healthcare cost to rise astronomically. Maybe Bush, Rummie, and their warmongering cohorts could donate most of the proceeds from their books to the cause.

    February 28, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Ernie

    Sen. Scott Brown you should have the Republician run and ad showing how the Democrates and Obama are in favor of shutting down the government. By doing this the American People will see that the Republicians are doing eveything they can to work with Obama but he doesn't want to play ball. This ad should be run now and until March 4. There's an old saying "Fight fire with fire". It's time to give the bully a bloody nose.

    February 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Emerson

    Scotty, you look like a reasonably bright guy. How about cutting out oil company subsidies, agribusiness subsidies and other forms of corporate welfare, and then shine a light on the defense budget.

    February 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Brown's going to do whatever it takes to elevate his stature. He's gunning for the presidency and will – like all Republicans – do anything and everything to further his own political goals, even at the expense of our country.

    Why more people can't see this truth – and vote accordingly – is beyond me.

    February 28, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. MPeters

    Good. If everything is on the table, then the first thing we should be cutting is the $100B waste that the Pentagon has already identified as wasteful government spending. Also, Senator Webb's Committee on Government Contracting (particularly defense contracting) needs to have a hearing to discuss fraud, waste and abuse from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Let's get on it. I expect Senator Brown to stand up tomorrow when Senate comes into Session, and to be the first to propose this amendment on reduced military spending. It's highly unlikely. But one can hope.

    February 28, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |