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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Monday July 08, 2019 ( 29 items )  

After Hearing From Ohio Farmers Struggling With Record Rains and Unplanted Fields, Brown is Urging USDA to Expand Flooding Coverage and Flexibility
DAYTON, Ohio, July 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Has Been Fighting to get Ohio Farmers Support after Record Rains Threaten Crops in the Midwest Brown Successfully Pressed USDA to Allow for Earlier Haying, Grazing and Harvest of Forage from Cover Crops Without Penalty This Year In June, Brown joined Portman in Pushing Agriculture Secretary for a Disaster Declaration for Ohio Farmers * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is urging the  more

Brown Hosts Roundtable Discussion in Canton as He Continues Fighting for Ohioans' Healthcare
CANTON, Ohio, July 3 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Healthcare Lawsuit Next Week in which GOP Leaders Seek to Eliminate the Affordable Care Act More Than 200,000 Ohioans Covered by the ACA, 11.4 Million Americans Nationwide * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion at Mercy Hospital in Canton as he continues to speak out against ongoing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care  more

Brown Hosts Roundtable in Ottawa County to Hear From Farmers Struggling With Record Rains, Unplanted Fields
OAK HARBOR, Ohio, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown, Portman Have Pushed Agriculture Secretary for Disaster Declaration for Ohio Farmers * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited a farm in Oak Harbor to hear from northwest Ohio farmers as they struggle with record rainfall and flooding, leading to delays in planting or decisions not to plant at all. According to the Ohio Farm Bureau, due to excessive rainfall, flooding, and ov  more

Brown Joins Colleagues in Bill to Permanently Fund Land & Water Conservation Fund, Protect Ohio's Outdoor Recreation Areas
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Legislation Builds on Previous Work to Permanently Authorize Land and Water Conservation Fund * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has joined his colleagues in introducing legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Brown's bill, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, will help ensure LWCF can continue to support State Parks, nationa  more

Brown Joins First Responders in Cincinnati to Press for Action on Legislation to Keep Fentanyl Out of Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Fentanyl Sanctions Act was Passed by Senate as Part of Defense Bill Last Week, Heads to House for Passage * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined first responders in Cincinnati following a recent spike in drug overdoses in southwest Ohio. Local officials believe that fentanyl has played a major role in the recent overdose spike. Brown has led efforts to help Ohio communi  more

Brown Joins Miami Valley Veterans to Push for Bipartisan Bill Requiring Federal Government to Buy U.S.-Made American Flags
KETTERING, Ohio, July 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Bill Would Require Federal Government to Buy Flags Made in America with American Materials Brown, a Strong proponent of Buy American, Joining Portman in Effort to Apply Buy America Rules for Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure Projects * * * Ahead of the July 4th holiday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined local veterans in Kettering today as he reintroduces bipartisan legislation, the A  more

Brown Joins Ohio Veteran in Toledo to Push for Bipartisan Bill Requiring Federal Government to Buy U.S.-Made American Flags
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Bill Would Require Federal Government to Buy Flags Made in America with American Materials Brown, a Strong proponent of Buy American, Joining Portman in Effort to Apply Buy America Rules for Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure Projects * * * Ahead of the July 4th holiday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a northwest Ohio veteran in Toledo today as he reintroduces bipartisan legislation, t  more

Brown, Senate Democrats Press OSHA, McDonald's Leadership to Take Action to Protect Employees From Workplace Violence
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - According to Recent Report, McDonald's Employees Have Been Subjected to More than 700 incidents of Workplace Violence over Last Three Years * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent letters to  more

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Finds Brown's Working Families Tax Relief Act Would Benefit 3 Million Veteran, Active-Duty Households
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Led 46 Democrats in Introducing Working Families Tax Relief Act, which Boosts Child and Earned Income Tax Credits Report Finds Brown's Bill Would Help 46 Million Households, Including 3 Million Veteran, Active-Duty Households * * * In case you missed it, ahead of Independence Day, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report found that U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) Working Fam  more

Congressman Ryan Demands Answers on Trump's 4th of July Event
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Ryan sends letter to Secretaries of Defense, Interior and Transportation * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today demanded answers regarding the costs associated with President Trump's "Salute to America" event on July 4th. In a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, and Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Congressman Ryan expressed worry th  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Construction
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal construction contract change processes and timeframes. The report (GAO-19-500) is titled "Federal Construction: Army Corps of Engineers and GSA Need to Improve Data on Contract Changes". The report was sent to Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, chairwoman, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, on July 2. Here are excerpts of  more

In Cincinnati, Portman Participates in Workforce Development Roundtable Hosted by United Way
CINCINNATI, Ohio, July 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by Partners for a Competitive Workforce, a United Way workforce development initiative. A number of business and educational leaders from the Cincinnati community joined the discussion on Career and Technical Education (CTE), addressing the impact of drug addiction on workforce  more

In Southwest Ohio, Portman Visits Tornado Damage and Discusses Ongoing Recovery Efforts
DAYTON, Ohio, July 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Trotwood and Beavercreek to view tornado damage and to discuss ongoing recovery efforts with local leaders. "Today, I had the opportunity to tour and discuss the tornado damage in Trotwood and Beavercreek with local law enforcement and community leaders," said Portman. "I saw first-hand the ongoing recovery efforts, and I'm proud of the Dayton community for coming  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on Living Conditions of Children, Families in Customs & Border Protection Custody
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on a management alert from the Homeland Security Inspector General regarding the living conditions and detention of children and families in Customs and Border Protection custody: "I am horrified by the images of mothers, children, and migrants seeking asylum being kept at the border--the deaths, the overcrowding, and the people unable to bathe for a month. "I am also troubled by the Trump Administration's mean-spi  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces Resolution Condemning EC Decision to Restoring Russian Voting Rights
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Andy Harris (R-MD), introduced a bipartisan House resolution condemning the Council of Europe's decision to restore Russia's voting rights on the Council, a decision opposed by most member states formerly in the Soviet-Bloc. "The Council of Europe's decision to   more

Rep. Ryan: Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Hot Car Deaths
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Fifth Child in 11 Days Dies in Hot Car--16th Child This Year * * * Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Pete King (R-NY) introduced the HOT CARS Act (H.R. 3593) to address injuries and fatalities around the country as a result of heatstroke in vehicles. The legislation would mandate that all new vehicles be equipped with a sensor and alert system to remind drivers to check the  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Op-Ed on Solutions on Immigration
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on a bipartisan solutions on immigration: When I served as a Battalion Commander in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I worked alongside countless courageous men and women - and not just Americans. Tens of thousands of Afghan and Iraqi individuals pledged their service to our missions, serving as interpreters and support staff, and they were absolutely critical to our success. Every day in Iraq, I had an interpreter with me. He  more

Rep. Wenstrup Issues Statement on Taxpayer First Act
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Taxpayer First Act: The Taxpayer First Act includes the legislation Congressman Wenstrup introduced with Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Permanence Act (H.R. 1875). H.R. 1875 makes the VITA matching grant program permanent, ensuring VITA sites can continue to provide quality tax-filing services. "Families across Ohio rely on VITA   more

Rep. Wenstrup: GOP Doctors Caucus Members Reflect on Visit to Rio Grande Valley Sector
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representative Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02) traveled with the GOP Doctor's Caucus to the Rio Grande Valley Sector with senior medical officials from the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, June 28. The trip had a special emphasis on medical screenings for migrants who have crossed the border. Congressman Brad Wenstrup released the following statement: "It was important to see firsthand the unprecedent  more

Reps. Chabot, Connolly Submits Op-Ed on Russia Voting Rights
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, issued the following op-ed on Russia's voting rights, which was provided to the Washington Examiner: The creeping normalization of Russia's abhorrent behavior continues. This week, the Council of Europe, which bills itself as "the continent's leading human rights organization," overwhelmingly decided to reinstate Russia's voting rights. This decision is a mistake. Russia was stripped of its voting rights in 2014  more

Sen. Brown Applauds Agreement Between Mercy St. Vincent and Nursing Staff
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Urged Both Sides to Build on Success of Agreement on Technical Workers and Support Staff * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded news that nursing staff at Mercy Health St. Vincent approved a tentative agreement to end the ongoing strike. Brown has encouraged all sides to come to the table since before the strike. He sent a letter in June, encouraging Mercy Health St. Vince  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Oversight and Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.": "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important hearing to discuss the future of the Export-Import Bank. "I also want to thank the Chairman for his work to advance ExIm's board nominees. We have restored ExIm's board quorum  more

Sen. Brown, Senators Demand Answers From HUD for Hiring Eric Blankenstein
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), are demanding answers on HUD's hiring practices following press reports that disgraced former CFPB political appointee Eric Blankenstein was hired as Senior Coun  more

Sen. Brown: Senators Demand Answers From HUD for Hiring Eric Blankenstein
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), are demanding answers on HUD's hiring practices following press reports tha  more

Sen. Brown: Senators Demand HUD Maintain Homeownership Opportunities For Dreamers
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee's Housing Subcommittee, Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) are demanding the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) c  more

Sen. David Perdue Addresses Camden Partnership at Kings Bay
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, issued the following news release: * * * - Discusses His Work To Support Navy and Marine Corps As Senate Seapower Chairman * * * U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services' Seapower Subcommittee, joined The Camden Partnership at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base to discuss passage of the U.S. Senate's annual defense bill, President Trump's National Defense Strategy, and priorities of the Navy and Marine Corps, incl  more

Sen. Portman Column: Fighting the Resurgence of Meth and Cocaine
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news column: Here in Ohio, we are finally making progress on stemming the tide of opioid abuse that's been hitting our communities hard. In fact, from June of 2017 to June of 2018, we saw 21 percent drop in overdose deaths, the highest percentage decrease in the nation for the most recent time period for which we have information. By any measure, the opioid epidemic is the worst drug crisis we've had. The number of addiction  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Warren Proposal to Enhance Financial Protections for Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Language protects spouses of deceased servicemembers from car lease penalties and spouses of catastrophically injured servicemembers from penalties associated with residential and car leases * * * United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Jon   more

Significant Portman Legislative Priorities in IRS Reform Package Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - President Signed Into Law Taxpayer First Act Which Includes Key Provisions from Portman's Protecting Taxpayers Act Legislation Introduced in 2018 * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that President Trump has signed into law the bipartisan IRS reform legislation - the Taxpayer First Act - that includes a number of Portman legislative priorities that were included as part of the Protecti  more