Friday - September 25, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Monday July 01, 2019 ( 98 items )  

At Hearing, DHS Experts Back Portman Proposal to Use the Refugee Model to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing this morning, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) discussed the ongoing humanitarian and drug crisis currently happening at our southern border and asked experts at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about whether using the refugee model to vet individuals in their home country could better address the crisis at the border. The DHS experts ag  more

Brown and Rubio Re-Introduce Legislation to Protect Small Businesses From Predatory Lenders
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship re-introduced legislation to protect small businesses from fly-by-night predatory lenders. "When we let financial predators harm hardworking Americans through scams like confessions   more

Brown Calls for Investigation of Federal Contractors in Charge of Migrant Children
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown, Senators Urge HHS and GAO To Examine Potential Breach of Contract By Companies After Reports of Hungry, Sick, Dirty Children in Custody * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a group of eight Senators in calling for the federal government to investigate federal contractors in charge of migrant children who the government has detained after children crossed the U.S. southern bor  more

Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase Flexibility for Summer Meal Programs
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation to make federal child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach children in need during the summer months. Brown's bill, the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act of 2019 will add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which offers c  more

Brown Introduces Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of American Legion
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the American Legion's 100 year anniversary of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and communities. The resolution designates August 23 through 29 as "American Legion Week" to coincide with the Legion's 100th Anniversary convention in its home city of Indianapolis, Indiana. "Throughout the decades, the America  more

Brown Secures North Korea Sanctions Named for Otto Warmbier in Senate Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Sanctions Would Press North Korea to Relinquish Nuclear Weapons * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he secured a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently being considered on the Senate floor, to expand current U.S. sanctions on North Korea. Brown named the bill in honor of Otto Warmbier, an Ohioan who lost his life after being held priso  more

Brown Stands With Ohio Workers as He Reintroduces Bill to Hold Companies Accountable for Sending Jobs Overseas
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Require Publicly Traded Companies to Disclose Number of Employees by Country, State * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined steelworkers at USW Local 1375 in Warren as he reintroduces the Outsourcing Accountability Act to increase transparency and accountability for companies shipping jobs overseas. This legislation would help identify businesses that are sending jobs to   more

Brown to NCUA: Unacceptable to Extend Delay on Capital Rules
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- 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 - released the following statement on the National Credit Union Administration's (NCUA) decision to delay the implementation of its risk-based capital rule that protects the credit union system and its members. The NCUA Board approved a proposal to extend the effective date of its risk-based ca  more

Brown Votes for Emergency Aid to Improve Conditions for Children, Families at Border
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Also Pushing Legislation to Stop Children from being Taken from Their Parents, Keep Families Together - Earlier Today, Brown Called for Investigations Into Conditions for Children at Border * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today voted for emergency funding to improve conditions for children and families seeking asylum at the southern border and curb President Trump's policies that ha  more

Brown Votes to Require President to Come Before Congress Before Bringing U.S. Closer to War With Iran
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator, who Voted Against the Iraq War, Says: "We Cannot Allow President Trump's Stumbling to Lead Us into War" * * * After calls from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to hold a vote on Iran, the Senate voted on a measure today that would require President Trump to come before Congress and get authorization before taking military actions that bring the U.S. closer to war with Iran. Brown, who voted  more

Cardin, Portman Call for National Memorial to Fallen Journalists
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - New monument in nation's capital would celebrate contributions of journalists who sacrificed everything in pursuit of truth and freedom of the press * * * In advance of the one-year anniversary of the fatal Capital Gazette shooting, the most deadly newsroom shooting in American history, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced legislation that would authorize a  more

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Criticize DOL Proposal to Narrow Definition of 'Joint-Employer' Under Fair Labor Standards Act
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposal Would Allow Large Employers to Shirk Obligations Under Wage-and-Hour Law, Undermine Protections for Most Vulnerable Workers * * * U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) alongside Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kirsten Gill  more

Carper, Portman: Bipartisan Report Shows Federal Agencies' Cybersecurity Failures Leaving Americans' Personal Information at Risk
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), today published a new bipartisan report that documents the failure of eight federal agencies, over the course of two administrations, to address vulnerabilities in their IT infrastructure, leaving Americans' sensitive and personal information unsafe and vulnerab  more

Chair Beatty Holds Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee Hearing to Examine Diversity Among Asset Management Companies
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: On June 25, 2019, the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), held its third hearing of the 116th Congress entitled, "Diverse Asset Managers: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities for Inclusion." The hearing explored the challenges minority-and women-owned (MWO) firms face trying to compete in the asset management indus  more

Chairwomen Fudge and Plaskett Send Letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Economic Research Service, National Institute of Food & Agriculture Relocation
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, issued the following news release: Today, House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and, Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge, and Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Chair Stacey E. Plaskett sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue outlining additional questions on the proposed move of ERS   more

Congressman Ryan Announces $600,000 DOC Grant Award to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a grant of $600,000 to be awarded to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The grant, part of the EDA Chicago Regional Office's Partnership Planning program, will assist Eastgate with the hiring of a recovery coordinator to assist local stakeholders with identifying the region's assets, and de  more

Congresswoman Beatty Pushes Secretary Mnuchin to Commit to Tubman Twenty
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) led a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Department of Treasury to call on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to place famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill. Joining Beatty at the national press conference were House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-05), House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Vice-Chair Katherine Clark (MA-05  more

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Expand Affordable Health Coverage for Families
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing the Family Coverage Act, which would fix a glitch in the health care system and ensure all spouses and children are able to get covered. Due to a glitch in current law, if a mother or father has health insurance through their employer, but their employer doe  more

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Stop Trump Administration Proposal to End Protections for Homeless Transgender People
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and nine other senators in introducing new legislation to block a proposed rule at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would strip away protections for homeless transgender people. The bill, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherr  more

Cotton, Schumer, Colleagues Announce Senate Passage Of Fentanyl Sanctions Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Gary Peters (D-Michigan), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) t  more

House Ways & Means Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Upper Arlington School District Superintendent Imhoff
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures issued the following testimony by Paul Imhoff, superintendent of the Upper Arlington City School District, at a hearing entitled "How Recent Limitations to the SALT Deduction Harm Communities, Schools, First Responders, and Housing Values": "It is an honor to be here and offer testimony in support of removing the cap on the state and local tax deduction commonly referred to as SALT-D. "My name is Dr. Paul I  more

In Dayton, Portman Participates in Agriculture Roundtable to Hear From Ohio Farmers
DAYTON, Ohio, June 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Mike Farm Enterprises in Dayton and participated in an agriculture roundtable to hear about the issues impacting farmers in Southwest Ohio. Agriculture is one of Ohio's most important industries, contributing more than $100 billion to the state's economy. "I enjoyed my time today talking with local farmers in Southwest Ohio," said Portman. "We discussed a number  more

Kaptur Introduces Legislation to Transform Student Debt Into Home Equity
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) has introduced the Transform Student Debt to Home Equity Act of 2019, legislation that directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to establish a pilot program to connect creditworthy federal student debt holders with housing properties for sale but held by the federal government and landbanks. The pilot program would  more

Leahy and Perdue Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Renew, Expand Emerging Farm to School Efforts
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), Thursday introduced legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children. The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2019 will increase the federal resources committed to helping to bring fresh, local foods to schools nationwide. It also helps set the stage for action as Congress begi  more

NDAA Bill Passes Senate With Brown's Fentanyl, North Korea Sanctions
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown's Sanctions would Provide New Tools to Combat Fentanyl Trafficking as Addiction-Related Deaths Continue to Spike in Ohio; North Korea Sanctions, Named for Otto Warmbier, would Pressure North Korea to Relinquish Nuclear Weapons, Curb Human Rights Abuses; Brown also Secured Provision to Prevent Federal Funds from Being Used to Purchase Rail Cars or Buses from China, Rather than US Producers * * *  more

On CNBC, Portman Discusses Trade Talks With China, Tensions With Iran, the Crisis at the Southern Border, & Passing USMCA
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Senator Portman highlighted the importance of continuing discussions with China in order to secure a trade agreement between the two countries. He also voiced his concern about the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and discussed solutions on how best to handle the influx of immigrants into the United States. Finally, he voiced his optimism about the p  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Discusses Ohio Wins, Ukraine Security Assistance in National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted several wins he fought for that were included in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, the bill authorizes $1.7 billion in funding to upgrade 165 Abrams tanks, increasing the rate of production of the upgraded Abrams tanks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima in order to ensure that our f  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights His Bipartisan Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted his bipartisan legislation - the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act (S. 1539) - that he introduced with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). The bill authorizes $75 million annually for FYs 2020-2024 for the Department of Homeland Security's Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which provides grants to nonprofits  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Urges for Bipartisan Solutions to Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke about the need to put aside partisan political attacks and find common-sense, realistic solutions to the immigration crisis at the southern border. Portman's remarks come in the wake of a widely-circulated photo of a father and daughter migrating from El Salvador who drowned in the Rio Grande. On Wednesday, Portman expressed concern at a Senate Hom  more

Portman Announces Senate NDAA Authorizes $300 Million in Security Assistance for Ukraine
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the inclusion of $300 million in security assistance in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts for Ukraine's forces. Portman has led efforts in the Senate to ensure these Ukraine security a  more

Portman Announces Senate NDAA to Authorize Funding for Wright Patterson Air Force Base's National Air and Space Intelligence Center
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - $74 Million for NASIC Will Help Modernize Facilities to Better Confront Modern Threats * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the Senate's FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $74 million in funding to upgrade the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act   more

Portman Announces Senate-Passed NDAA Includes Amendment to Study U.S.-China Competition in Artificial Intelligence
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Senate passage of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act which included an amendment he co-authored with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) directing the Department of Defense to provide a comparative analysis and a briefing of U.S.-China artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to Congress. The amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to undertake a comprehensiv  more

Portman Announces Senate-Passed NDAA Upholds Americans' Commitment to Assisting Ukraine
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the Senate passage of $300 million in security assistance to Ukraine in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund additional training, lethal and non-lethal equipment, and advisory efforts for Ukraine's forces. This bill also includes Portman's   more

Portman Introduces Judge Matt McFarland & Doug Cole at Nomination Hearing to Serve on U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced Judge Matt McFarland and Doug Cole at their Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearing to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Judge McFarland is a Portsmouth, Ohio native and currently serves as Judge for the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. Doug Cole previously served as State Solicitor in Ohio in the Office of t  more

Portman Praises Senate Passage of NDAA Sanctions Against North Korea
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Cosponsored the Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea Act * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Senate passage of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes the Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act to strengthen and expand mandatory sanctions on foreign banks and companies that facilitate illicit financial  more

Portman Testifies Before ITC, Supports Continuing Section 201 Safeguard to Level Playing Field for Ohio Whirlpool Workers
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) to fight on behalf of Ohio Whirlpool workers against unfair trade practices. Specifically, Portman is continuing his efforts to level the playing field for Whirlpool and its 10,000 Ohio workers, including the more than 3,000 workers at Whirlpool's largest American factory in Clyde, Ohio. "These measures have been cr  more

Portman, Brown Applaud Labor Department Grant to Lorain County Community College to Address Workforce Skills Gap
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the U.S. Department of Labor for awarding a $12 million Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based strategies grant to Lorain County Community College on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP). OMWP, in partnership with the Ohio Manufacturer's Association, seeks to address the skills gap in manufacturing through th  more

Portman, Brown Applaud Labor Department Grant to Lorain County Community College to Address Workforce Skills Gap
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded the U.S. Department of Labor for awarding a $13 million Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based strategies grant to Lorain County Community College on behalf of the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP). OMWP, in partnership with the Ohio Manufacturer's Association, seeks to address the skills gap in manufacturing through   more

Portman, Brown Urge Agriculture Secretary to Declare USDA Disaster Declaration to Help Ohio Farmers
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to declare an U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster designation to help Ohio farmers suffering because of extreme rainfall and flooding. With a USDA disaster declaration, Ohio farmers would receive the financial assistance they need as they continue to work through a difficult planting seas  more

Portman, Heinrich, Ernst, Schatz Amendment on Explainable Artificial Intelligence Included in Senate-Passed NDAA
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Ensures Congress and Military Understand New Aspect of Artificial Intelligence * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, along with Caucus members Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), announced passage of their amendment on explainable artificial intelligence (AI) in the FY 2020 National Defense Authori  more

Portman, Heinrich, Ernst, Schatz, Gardner, Peters, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assess, Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus Pushes Bipartisan Legislation to Help Policymakers Counter Deepfakes * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the co-founders of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, along with Caucus members Joni Ernst (R-IA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the Deepfake Report   more

Portman, Shaheen Bipartisan Bill to Boost EPA Response to PFAS Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act Passed Senate as part of FY2020 NDAA * * * Today, the Senate passed the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contained a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) aimed at combating exposure to emerging contaminants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act w  more

Portman, Wyden, Cruz, Hirono Introduce Electronic Court Records Reform Act
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Will Reform Federal Court Record System to Ensure Easy & Free Use For All Americans * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today introduced the Electronic Court Records Reform Act to reform the federal government's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), a database of federal judicial filings. The PACER is system is out  more

Portman: Senate-Passed NDAA Includes Funding for Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - $1.7 Billion for Abrams Tanks and $249 Million for Stryker Vehicles Included in Senate-Passed National Defense Authorization Act * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today praised Senate passage of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes $1.7 billion in funding to upgrade 165 Abrams tanks, increasing the rate of production of the upgraded Abrams tanks at the Joint Systems  more

Portman: Senate-Passed NDAA Includes Funding for Wright Patterson Air Force Base's National Air and Space Intelligence Center
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - $74 Million for NASIC Will Help Modernize Facilities to Better Confront Modern Threats * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded the Senate-passed FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes $74 million in funding to upgrade the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization   more

Portman: Senate-Passed NDAA Includes Wins for Ohio, Increases Troop Pay, Supports Ukraine Security Assistance
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - NDAA Includes Largest Troop Pay Raise in Nearly 10 Years * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised Senate passage the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a number of initiatives to support Ohio's military installations, increase troop pay, and provide additional assistance to Ukraine. He released the following statement: "This defense bill provides needed resources   more

Rep. Bonamici: House Passes Bipartisan Effort to Address Harmful Algal Blooms
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan group obtains $2 million for scientific algal bloom research * * * The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bipartisan amendment authored by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Florida, and cosponsored by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Mary Kaptur of Ohio, Darren Soto, Charlie Crist, Brian Mast, and Bill Posey of Florida, to address harmful algal blooms, which can be d  more

Rep. Bost Announces Technical Assistance Program for Alexander County
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Alexander County as one of 47 jurisdictions nationwide to participate in a rural economic development program. USDA partners will collaborate for two years with Alexander County, as well as nearby counties in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, to help create long-term economic plans for the region w  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Remarks at Hearing on Implication of Eliminating Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, issued the following remarks at a hearing on the implications of eliminating eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program households: "The purpose of today's hearing is to examine the impact of any potential action by the Administration to eliminate or dramatically restrict the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's use of cate  more

Rep. Fudge Joins Congressional Black Caucus in Commemorating 6th Anniversary of Supreme Court's Shelby County Vs. Holder Decision
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today is the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, Congresswoman Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congresswoman Terri Sewell issued the following statement to highlight the current state of voting rights in America and the need for additional protecti  more

Rep. Gibbs Issues Statement on Border Supplemental Bill
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the border supplemental bill (H.R. 3401): "The Democrats' proposal on border security is not just insufficient, it is dangerous. "At a time when more immigration judges are needed to relieve the pressure of several hundreds of thousands of people apprehended crossing the border illegally, House Democrats' plan doesn't even include funding to hire 30 more judges. "Nancy Pelosi's solution is to play politics with h  more

Rep. Jordan Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Department of Commerce Vs. New York
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court released its decision in Department of Commerce vs. New York: "It should not be controversial to ask how many American citizens are in the United States of America. "The only people who don't want to know are Democrats in Congress. Democrats went to work to influence the Supreme Court's consideration -- cherry-p  more

Rep. Joyce Calls for Bipartisan Action to Lower Drug Prices, Increase Transparency
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to call for much-needed legislative action to lower the cost of life-saving medications and increase transparency of drug pricing. Participating lawmakers included but were not limited to: Senators Susan Collins (ME), Joe Manchin (WV), and Bill Cassidy (LA), and Reps. Tom Reed (NY-23), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Elissa Slotkin   more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Executive Order on Healthcare
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order on improving price and quality transparency in American healthcare to put patients first: "The high cost of life-saving heath care goods and services, including prescription drugs, is one of the biggest challenges facing our communities in Northeast Ohio. "I applaud the President for directing his Administration to overcome this hurdle by improving price and quality transparency  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2020 Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House passed the appropriations bill (H.R. 3055), which consists of the Commerce, Justice and Science, Agriculture and Rural Development, Interior and Environment, Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development for fiscal 2020: "Families across Northern Ohio understand the importance of making investments in our families and in our communities, so that eve  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Supreme Court Gerrymandering Ruling
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court's ruling on partisan gerrymandering following the 2020 Census: "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court's conservative justices undermines democratic participation for millions of Americans in Ohio and across the entire United States. They had a rare opportunity to strengthen, if not save, fair representation in our democracy and they categorically failed. "By ruling that federal courts do not   more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on USDA Grant for Oak Harbor Village
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Oak Harbor Village received an investment from the Department of Agriculture to improve the water infrastructure: The $3.83 million loan and $2.9 million grant is part of a $192 million investment through the USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Rural communities, water districts and other eligible entities can use the funds for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal   more

Rep. Latta Sends Letter to USDA Under Secretary Regarding Rain, Need for Assistance
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today sent a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey about the continued rain in Ohio. Click here for a copy of the letter (https://latta.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Latta_Letter_to_Under_Sec_Northey_cc_Perdue.pdf). In his letter, he asks for clarification on the assistance process to help   more

Rep. Latta: To Help Bring Down Drug Costs, Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Make More Drugs Available to Consumers Over Counter
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation today to help lower consumers' overall health care costs by making more over-the-counter medications available to patients. The legislation - led by U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Bob Latta (R-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) - would reform the system that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently uses to review and appro  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on East Coast Continental Interceptor Site
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the East Coast Continental Interceptor Site: "No decision has been made to build a new Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS). "Instead, the Administration stated that if a decision were made to move forward then Fort Drum in New York would be the preferred site, but only by 'a small margin.' "The Under Secretary also stated that, 'should a requirement for an East Coast CIS emerge, the decision wo  more

Rep. Scalise Thankful to Return to the Game
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel's The Story with Martha MacCallum before yesterday's Congressional Baseball Game to share how meaningful it is to him to return to the field two years after the shooting. Whip Scalise paid special thanks to the heroes who saved his life, including Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio). On his roa  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Statement on Passage of Humanitarian Assistance, Border Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act (H.R. 3401): "Overcrowded detention centers, children separated from their parents - these are symptoms of a larger problem caused by a broken immigration system that has allowed a backlog of 730,000 cases to pile up for years. "With today's vote, we've taken a huge step to solve   more

Rep. Stivers: Hope on Horizon for Those Affected by Post-Traumatic Stress
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed: Addressing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is not an easy feat. Through over 30 years of service with the Ohio National Guard, I have had the opportunity to personally get to know individuals affected by PTS. I am committed to ensuring these courageous men and women have the access to the treatment they need to heal - both physically and mentally. Throughout June, our nation comes together to recognize  more

Rep. Turner Concerned Mismanagement and Corruption at City Hall May Affect Federal Dollars for Dayton
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) sent his 4th letter to City of Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley concerning the City's mismanagement of federal low-income housing funds. The letter comes after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) informed the City that it may be required to re-pay over $3.2 million in past low-income housing funds if proper documentation is not provided. Forensic auditors hired   more

Rep. Turner Issues Statement on Amendment to Prohibit Military Force Against Iran
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, submitted an amendment to prohibit military force against Iran: "Legislating against our Commander in Chief's ability to defend our country and its allies is a threat to our national security and dangerously emboldens Iran and its proxy terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah which threaten our ally Israel. "The President has shown restraint in response to attacks by Ira  more

Rep. Wenstrup Fights to Get More Doctors in Rural America
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During committee debate over additional responses to combat the opioid crisis, Rep. Brad Wenstrup forcefully argued against big city Democrats' claim that rural hospitals lack the ability to house successful residency programs. Wenstrup advocated to amend legislation that would add additional residency programs to train more doctors to ensure that those doctors are trained in rural and other areas. - Click H  more

Reps. Fudge and Fortenberry Co-Introduce the Farm to School Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) co-introduced the Farm to School Act of 2019. The bill expands participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Grant Program to preschools, after-school programs, and summer food service sites, and increases annual mandatory funding from $5 to $15 million. "Millions of students are eating healthier and engaged in food and   more

Roe, Byrne, Sewell, Wenstrup, Arrington, Smith and 90 Members of Congress Support Medicare Wage Index Reform
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Terry Sewell (D-Ala.), Bradley Wenstrup, D.P.M (R-Ohio), Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) and Jason Smith (R-Mo.) led 90 colleagues in a letter to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services and Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of finalizing their efforts to reform the Medicare A  more

Schatz, Senators Introduce Legislation To Stop Trump Administration Proposal To End Protections For Homeless Transgender People
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Block New HUD Rule Allowing Homeless Shelters To Turn Away Transgender Individuals * * * U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) today led a group of ten senators in introducing new legislation to block a proposed rule at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would strip away protections for homeless transgender people. Schatz's bill, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelt  more

Sen. Brown Demands Details on VA's Plan to Reduce Veteran Suicide During Vets Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown is Pushing VA Officials to Get Veterans Support Needed After Years of Stagnate Suicide Rates * * * During a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing held last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pushed Department of Veterans Affairs officials to consider all factors contributing to veteran suicide rates. Brown urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Dr. Keita Franklin, Executive Director of  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on Reauthorization of Ex-Im
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking 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, but the f  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Committee Hearing on Fannie, Freddie Systemically Important Financial Institution Designation
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be Designated as Systemically Important Financial Institutions?": "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing and thank you to our witnesses for being here today. "Home is at the center of everything we do. Whether you rent it or own it, home is where you raise your ki  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Designation of Fannie, Freddie Mac as Systemically Important Financial Institutions
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- 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 "Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be Designated as Systemically Important Financial Institutions?": "Home is at the center of everything we do. Whether you rent it or own it, home is where you raise your kids, throw birthday parties, do homework, and relax after a hard day's work. It also determines  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following testimony by Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at an oversight hearing to examine reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.: "Thank you 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, but the full Senate needs to consider the   more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Fed's Dodd Frank Act Stress Test Results
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Reserve's Dodd Frank Act stress test results: Stress tests are assessments performed by the Federal Reserve to ensure banks are strong enough to withstand a downturn in the economy without setting off another financial crisis. "Megabank CEOs aren't playing T-ball, where everyone gets a participation trophy just fo  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 25, on the minimum wage: This month, we surpassed the record for the longest period in American history without an increase in the minimum wage. It has been nearly a decade since minimum wage workers last got a raise--literally a decade. Because of inflation, the salary of a minimum wage worker today is worth $3,000 less than it was in 2009. Think about that  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on National Credit Union Administration Decision on Capital Rule
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the National Credit Union Administration's decision to delay the implementation of its capital rule that protects the credit union system and its members: The NCUA Board approved a proposal to extend the effective date of its risk-based capital rule to January 1, 2022, the second time it has delayed the rule. NCUA Board Member  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Supreme Court Gerrymandering Ruling
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's 5-4 gerrymandering ruling: In May, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled that Ohio's gerrymandered Congressional maps were unconstitutional and had to be redrawn because they were the result of partisan, Republican-drawn maps that disproportionately favored Republicans. The court ordered a new map to be drawn before the 2020 elections to ensure all Ohio voters would have their votes fairly r  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Wall Street Stress Test Results
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Reserve's Dodd Frank Act Stress Test results: Stress tests are assessments performed by the Federal Reserve to ensure banks are strong enough to withstand a downturn in the economy without setting off another financial crisis. "Megabank CEOs aren't playing T-ball, where everyone gets a participation trophy just for showing u  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Wall Street Stress Test Results
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the Federal Reserve's Dodd Frank Act Stress Test results: Stress tests are assessments performed by the Federal Reserve to ensure banks are strong enough to withstand a downturn in the economy without setting off another financial crisis. "Megabank CEOs aren't playing T-ball, where everyone gets a participation trophy just for showing u  more

Sen. Brown Joins Ohio Worker as He Reintroduces Bill to Keep Call Center Jobs in U.S.
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Leading Charge to Prevent Offshoring of Call Center Jobs, Create Public List of Companies that Send Jobs Overseas * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he reintroduced legislation to protect call center jobs across Ohio and the United States. In recent years, many call center operators have shifted operations overseas and shut down or downsized their  more

Sen. Brown: Connecting Ohio Educators With D.C. Legislators
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: When I first came to the Senate, I met with a number of higher education leaders around Ohio. In these conversations we realized how little opportunity the presidents of our colleges and universities in the area had to interact. That's where the idea for the College President's Conference came from - like so many of the best ideas, it came out of conversations in Ohio, not in Washington. For 12 years now, we'v  more

Sen. Brown: President Signs Legislation to Secure Benefits for Ohio Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Has Led Efforts to Ensure Blue Water Navy Veterans Receive the Benefits They've Earned * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised the news that President Trump has signed legislation into law that will help ensure veterans who served in Vietnam's territorial waters and were exposed to toxic Agent Orange chemicals during the Vietnam War receive the benefits they've earned. Earlier  more

Sen. Brown: Senators Demand HUD Maintain Homeownership Opportunities for Dreamers
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- 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, 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) clarify that DACA recipients remain eligible for Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-i  more

Sen. Cardin Speaks About Legislation on Fallen Journalists Memorial
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 25, on legislation (S. 1969) to authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs: I rise today to introduce the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019. I am proud to be introducing this bill with my long-time friend and colleague, the junior Senator from Ohio (Mr. Portm  more

Sen. McSally: Senate Passes Bipartisan Proposal to Enhance Financial Protections for Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, 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 Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Marsha Bla  more

Sen. Portman Announces Funding in Senate NDAA for Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - $1.7 Billion for Abrams Tanks and $249 Million for Stryker Vehicles Included in Senate National Defense Authorization Act * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $1.7 billion in funding to upgrade 165 Abrams tanks, increasing the rate of production of the upgraded Abrams tanks in Lima in order to ensure that our forward   more

Sen. Rob Portman Issues Statement on Immigration
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 27, on immigration: I was coming to floor today to talk about legislation we just got passed in the last week in the Homeland Security Committee with the hopes that I can convince some of my colleagues to join us in this effort, and I will talk about that bill in a moment. But first let me, if I could, address the photograph and the comments from my colleague   more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on June 26: Witnesses * Douglas Russell Cole, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio * Matthew Walden McFarland, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio * Robert Anthony Molloy, to be Judge for the District Court of the Virgin Islands * Kea Whetzal Riggs, to be United States Dis  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Portman, Warren Proposal to Enhance Financial Protections for Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, 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 Rob Portman (R-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Todd Young (R-IN), and Martha Mc  more

Senate Passes NDAA With Brown Bill to Help Ohio Veterans Harmed by Toxic Burn Pits
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Burn Pit Exposure in Afghanistan, Iraq Linked to Serious Health Problems for Veterans * * * Today, the Senate today passed its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment based on U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) bill to help study the effects of burn pits on servicemembers' health. The military relied on open-air burn pits to dispose of toxic waste in Afghanistan and I  more

Senator Collins Receives Excellence in Public Service Award From John Glenn College of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The prestigious recognition was previously given to former Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins was honored with the 2019 Excellence in Public Service Award from the Ohio State University's John Glenn College of Public Affairs last evening. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Vice President Joe Biden in 2018 and U.S.  more

Sens. Brown and Rubio Re-introduce Legislation to Protect Small Business From Predatory Lenders
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship re-introduced legislation to protect small businesses from fly-by-night predatory lenders. "When  more

Toomey Discusses North Korea Sanctions Measure in Defense Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today hosted a press conference on his bipartisan measure designed to offer foreign banks a stark choice: continue business with North Korea or maintain access to the U.S. financial system. The measure, which is included in the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) - is based on legislation introduced earlier this year with Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Se  more

Van Hollen, Senate Colleagues Criticize DOL Proposal to Narrow Definition of 'Joint-Employer' Under Fair Labor Standards Act
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ron   more

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Trump Administration Proposal to End Protections for Homeless Transgender People
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Democratic Senators in introducing new legislation to block a proposed rule at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would strip away protections for homeless transgender people. The Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Oh  more

Warren, Colleagues Criticize DOL Proposal to Narrow Definition of 'Joint-Employer' Under Fair Labor Standards Act
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposal Would Allow Large Employers to Shirk Obligations Under Wage-and-Hour Law, Undermine Protections for Most Vulnerable Workers * * * United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md  more

Young, Braun Join Senators to Introduce Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of the American Legion
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced a Senate resolution celebrating the American Legion's 100 year anniversary of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and communities. The resolution designates August 23 through 29 as "American Legion Week" to coincide with the Legion's 100th Anniversary convention in their h  more