With the U.S. government on the verge of shutting down, Senator Jon Tester this week spoke on the Senate floor to call on his colleagues to put aside political grandstanding and keep the government open for the sake of their constituents.

Tester, while holding out hope for a responsible deal, expressed his frustration with members of Congress who are putting “political grandstanding and brinksmanship ahead of common-sense compromise and governing.”

“With a government shut down once again a real possibility, Americans’ frustration is reaching new heights,” Tester said.  “For some, a shutdown is another opportunity to shake their heads and bemoan the state of affairs in Washington.  They are the lucky ones, because for others, a shutdown will hurt their health, their wallets and their bottom lines.”