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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 79 items )  

At Hearing, Portman Questions U.S. Trade Representativeon Economic Benefits of Passing U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement vs. Status Quo NAFTA
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: At a Senate Finance Committee hearing this morning, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) questioned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about the differences between 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) versus the modernized US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) that includes new and enforceable environmental and labor standards, a new section on digital trade, expanded opportunities for agri  more

At Huckleberry House, Brown Pushes for Legislation to Ensure Students Aren't Forced to Choose Between Housing and Education
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown joined Sen. Portman to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Update Current Rules that Prevent Students Who Are Homeless, or Who Experienced Homelessness, from Securing Affordable Housing While Pursuing Education * * * Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the Huckleberry House in Columbus to push Congress to pass his bill with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), the Housing for Homeless Stude  more

At Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, Portman Highlights Importance of U.S. Aid to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, highlighted the importance of continuing to provide U.S. security assistance to Ukraine in order for the country to defend its sovereign territory from Russian aggression. He questioned U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker and other Ukraine exp  more

Beatty Rule Earns Praise at Financial Services Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a June 20th House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Diversity in the Boardroom: Examining Proposals to Increase Diversity of America's Board," U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty's (OH-03) signature piece of legislation, the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, H.R. 281, was one of several legislative proposals closely examined. If enacted, the Beatty Rule would require that at least one gender diverse ca  more

Brown Convenes 12th Annual Ohio College Presidents Conference
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Convenes College Presidents in Washington to Connect Ohio Schools with Each Other, Policymakers, Federal Resources At Conference, Brown Announces Bowling Green State University will Host 2019 Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit in November, Monica Ramirez will Provide Keynote Address * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) welcomed 33 Ohio college presidents to Washington as he hosted   more

Brown Convenes Roundtable in Dayton as He Continues Working to Help Communities Rebuild After Tornado Damage
DAYTON, Ohio, June 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown, Portman Urged President Trump to Quickly Approve Ohio's Request for Federal Disaster Assistance after DeWine Made the Request Last Week * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened a roundtable today to hear from community leaders, first responders and nonprofit organizations as western Ohio continues working to recover from the tornadoes that devastated the area last month. Last week,   more

Brown Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing On Beneficial Ownership
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- 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 - delivered the following opening statement at today's hearing entitled "Combating Illicit Financing by Anonymous Shell Companies Through the Collection of Beneficial Ownership Information". Sen. Brown's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this impo  more

Brown Presses USDA Official to Provide Farmers Flexibility After Record Midwest Rains, Flooding Threatens Crops
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pushed a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) official to provide Ohio farmers with flexibility as they struggle to plant their crops after torrential rains and flooding in the Midwest this spring. During the hearing, Brown pressed USDA Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson on the importance of providing flexibility for  more

Brown Reintroduces Outsourcing Accountability Act to Hold Companies Accountable for Sending Jobs Overseas
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Require Publicly Traded Companies to Disclose Number of Employees by Country * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his Democratic colleagues Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) last week to reintroduce the Outsourcing Accountability Act. This legislation would help identify businesses that are sending jobs to foreign coun  more

Brown Secures China Fentanyl Sanctions in Key Bill of Defense
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he secured his bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is currently being considered on the Senate floor. Brown's bill would give U.S. officials new sanctions tools to target foreign opioid traffickers in China, Mexico and other countries, and better enable U.S. diplomats and law enforcement o  more

Brown Secures Key Dayton & Wright-Patterson Priorities in Defense Bill From Senate
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he has secured support for Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently being considered on the Senate floor. The bill authorizes: * An additional $117 million per year for the next four years to support critical Defense Production Act (DPA) projects nationwide, which would help support D  more

Brown Secures More Than $2 Billion in Defense Bill to Support Abrams Tanks and Stryker Vehicles
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Has Long Fought to Secure Critical Investments for JSMC and Keep Workers on the Job * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) secured support for Lima's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently being considered on the Senate floor. The bill authorizes: * $550 million to continue Stryker vehicle upgrades, and * More than $1.7   more

Brown Secures Provision to Boost Free Tax Preparation & Filing Services, Bill Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Previously Introduced Bill to Support Free Tax Preparation Sites that Help Individuals and Families File Tax Returns; Both House & Senate Passed Bill; Now Heads To President's Desk * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Taxpayer First Act includes a provision he authored to support free tax preparation sites that help individuals and families file their income tax returns.   more

Brown to CFPB IG: Release Investigation of Blankenstein Racist Statements
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- 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 - is calling on the Inspector General of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide details of the inquiry that led to the resignation of former CFPB political appointee Eric Blankenstein. The investigation was ordered by fo  more

Brown, Cortez Masto, Casey, Smith Introduce Bill to Expand Affordable Health Coverage for Families
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced 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 does not offer affordable coverage fo  more

Brown, Portman Introduce Resolution Marking 50 Years of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire, Call for Continued Action
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Brown and Portman's re  more

Brown: HUD Must Investigate Official's Inappropriate Political Activity
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- 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 - is calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enforce the Hatch Act, following senior HUD official Lynne Patton's partisan tweets on her official HUD twitter account, violating the Hatch Act. "As a public face of the Department, Regional Administrators must uphold the  more

Citing Acadia's Massive Visitor Numbers, King Stresses Urgency of Maintenance Backlog in National Parks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, continued his bipartisan effort to address the $12 billion maintenance backlog affecting America's national parks across the United States. Senator King highlighted the Restore Our Parks Act, a bipartisan bill he is leading with Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to  more

Congressman Ryan Announces $210,000 DOC Grant Award to Eastgate Regional Council of Governments
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a grant of $210,000 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 leading the collaborative effort of creating and implementing the district's Comprehensive Economic Developmen  more

Congressman Ryan Applauds Passage of FY 2020 Appropriations 'Minibus' Spending Package
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds the passage of the FY 2020 Appropriations combined spending package which contains the Defense, Energy and Water, Labor/Health and Human Services/Education, and State and Foreign Operations spending bills. The "minibus" funds several of Congressman Ryan's priorities, including new C-130J aircraft procurement for the Air Force Reserve, additive manufacturing research and develop  more

Congresswoman Beatty Leads Congressional Effort to Put Harriet Tubman on New Twenty
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) hosted a press conference to condemn Treasury Secretary Mnuchin's senseless decision to indefinitely delay putting renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the new $20, to request more information on the decision from the Trump Administration, and to explore possible legislative remedies. Joining Beatty were the Democratic Women's Caucus Co-Chairs Lois Frankel (  more

Cornyn, Baldwin, Crapo, Brown Secure Amendment to Protect Rail and Bus Manufacturing From China Threat in Senate Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) secured an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would prevent federal funds from being used by transit agencies to purchase rail cars or buses manufactured by Chinese state-owned, controlled, or subsidized companies. The Senators introduced the bipartisan Transit Infrastru  more

Cortez Masto, Senators Demand HUD Continue to Protect Housing Rights for Transgender Individuals
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in demanding that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rescind its proposal that would weaken discrimination protections in HUD-funded emergency and temporary homeless shelters based on sex, including sexual orientation   more

Davidson Leads Ohio Delegation Letter Urging Disaster Relief for Farmers
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Warren Davidson today led Ohio's 16-Member Congressional delegation in sending a joint letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting that the recently issued disaster relief resources be made available to aid Ohio farmers unable to plant crops because of record flooding. Heavy rainfall and flooding delayed planting making it the worst season on record in Ohio for farmers. The letter  more

Del. Plaskett, Rep. Fudge Issue Statements on USDA Agencies Relocation
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, and Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, issued the following statements in response to the announced relocation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City: "This  more

Fighting for Rural Broadband Expansion, Veterans Job Training, Rep. Balderson Testifies for Two Appropriations Amendments
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) this week testified before the House Committee on Rules to support two amendments he offered to H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2020. Balderson's first amendment, bipartisan Amendment #2 to Division B, would increase appropriations to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) by $50 million to match the level  more

Following FEMA Disaster Assistance Approval, Brown, Portman Vow to Continue Working to Help Get Resources to Ohio Communities Quickly
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) vowed to continue working together to help Ohioans following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s approval of Gov. DeWine's request for federal assistance for 10 Ohio counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding last month. Brown and Portman wrote to President Trump last week urging him to approve Gov.   more

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's oversight of Veterans Integrated Service Networks. The report (GAO-19-462) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Regional Networks Need Improved Oversight and Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities". The report was sent to Rep. Julia Brownley, D-California, chair, Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on Health, Rep. Pet  more

Homeland Security Committee Approves Portman, Peters Legislation to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions, Nonprofit Organizations
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Will Ensure Synagogues, Religious & Cultural Institutions and Nonprofits Have Resources & Training to Secure Their Facilities, Help Prevent Attacks * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today approved their bipartisan legislation - the Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organiz  more

Homeland Security Committee Passes Bipartisan Portman Bill to Shine Light on Security Risks Posed by Foreign Ownership of Federally-Leased Properties
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) to determine if office space leased by the federal government is owned by federal entities. The Secure Federal Leases from Espionage And Suspicious Entanglements Act (Secure Federal LEASEs Act) will require the identification of all individuals who own or be  more

Homeland Security Committee Passes Bipartisan Portman Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination With State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments to safeguard against cyber threats. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act will encourage national cybersecurity watchd  more

House Passes Bipartisan Kaptur, Kildee Amendment Securing Additional $500,000 to Combat Invasive Grass Carp Population
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - House passed funding bill now includes $1,000,000 for Grass Carp control in the Great Lakes * * * Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) released the following statement after their bipartisan amendment adding $500,000 for the International Fisheries Commissions to combat Grass Carp in the Great Lakes passed the House of Representatives in the State and Foreign Operation  more

House Passes Portman-Cantwell Bill to Help People Receive Care in Their Homes, Reduce Health Costs
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - EMPOWER Care Act Renews, Expands Program that Boosts Quality of Life and Reduces Costs for Medicaid Patients Needing Long-Term Care * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) praised the House of Representatives for passing legislation they introduced earlier this year - the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act (EMPOWER Care Act)  more

House Small Business Committee: Exploring Issues Facing Small Businesses in the Cannabis Industry
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House Committee on Small Business heard from a panel of small business owners and experts on the issues pertaining to businesses involved in the state legalized cannabis industry. "The U.S. Constitution established a government based on federalism because a state is typically in the best position to legislate the laws most appropriate   more

In Cincinnati, Portman Highlights Economic Benefits of Opportunity Zones at Roundtable Hosted by the Uptown Consortium
CINCINNATI, Ohio, June 15 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Fought for New Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive in Tax Reform to Encourage Investment and Job Creation in Low-Income Communities * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in an Opportunity Zone roundtable hosted by the Uptown Consortium, an organization dedicated to the long-term sustainability and growth of Uptown Cincinnati's five core neighborhoods. In addition, local l  more

Joyce Calls on USDA to Help Ohio Farmers Recover From Severe Weather
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Joyce (OH-14) sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to bring attention to the destructive impact recent natural disasters have had on Ohio farmers and request that recently approved disaster relief resources be used to assist them. "Ohio farms account for more than 14 million acres of land across the Buckeye State and are a large portion of the country's source of c  more

Kaptur Issues Statement on House Passage of FY2020 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal 2020: The legislation funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies and now heads to the Senate for consideration. In total, the legislation includes $46.4 billion in funding to spur energy innovation that will increase economic prosper  more

Kaptur Lands $20 Million Investment to Redevelop Hypersonic Test Facility at NASA Plum Brook Station
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - House Passed FY2020 Defense Funding Bill would put Plum Brook at cutting edge of aerospace developments as DoD investment in hypersonic systems development and testing increases * * * Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after legislation she championed to invest $20 million to redevelop the Hypersonic Tunnel Facility (HTF) at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Br  more

Latta: Government Spending Package Includes Disturbing, Radical Disregard For Human Life
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted against today's appropriations package, which includes funding for the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water due to the partisan drafting of the bill and the lack of pro-life protections. Congressman Latta offered an amendment that would prohibit funds from being given to organizations or entities wh  more

On Fox News, Portman Discusses Rising Tensions With Iran, Calls on the International Community to Step Up
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto this afternoon, Senator Portman discussed the ongoing threats from Iran and threats to U.S. security and interests globally. He called on the international community to join the United States in standing up to Iranian aggression and ensuring there are consequences for its rogue actions. Excerpts of his interview can be found below and a video can be found   more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights New Legislation to Combat Resurgence of Meth, Cocaine
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Combating Meth & Cocaine Act Will Give States More Flexibility to Use Federal Funding * * * On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted his new legislation - the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act - which will give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. Specifically, the bill expands the use  more

Portman, Baldwin Lead Bipartisan Effort to Improve Family Care Services for America's Most Vulnerable Youth
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - The Treatment Family Care Services Act Will Improve Home-Based Health and Mental Health Services for Thousands of America's Most Vulnerable Youth * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve home-based health and mental health services for thousands of America's most vulnerable youth. The Treatment Family Care Services Act increas  more

Portman, Brown Introduce Resolution Marking 50 Years of Environmental Progress Since Cuyahoga River Fire, Call for Continued Action
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate marking 50 years of environmental progress since the last time the Cuyahoga River caught on fire on June 22, 1969. The Senate resolution describes how the fire spurred important federal environmental action, including passage of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. Portman and Brown's res  more

Portman, Brown Urge Agriculture Secretary to Declare USDA Disaster Declaration to Help Ohio Farmers
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-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 season  more

Portman, Brown Vow to Continue Working to Help Get Resources to Ohio Communities Quickly
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) vowed to continue working together to help Ohioans following President Trump's approval of Governor DeWine's request for federal assistance for 10 Ohio counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding last month. Portman and Brown wrote to President Trump last week urging him to approve Governor DeWine's request. Bot  more

Portman, Casey Introduce Legislation to Ease Medicare Enrollment Burdens for Employed American Seniors
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced the Enrollment REFORM Act, which will simplify and ease bureaucratic obstacles that seniors age 65 and over who continue to work face when enrolling in Medicare. The Enrollment REFORM Act will require clear coordination between small group health plans and Medicare and simplifies the enrollment process for an individual who chooses to maintai  more

Portman, Peters Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination With State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments to safeguard against cyber threats. The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act will encourage national cybersecurity watchdogs to share information regarding cybersecurity threats, vulnerabi  more

Portman, Shaheen Bipartisan Bill to Boost EPA Response to PFAS Passes Out of Committee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - The Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act Passed Committee in a Package of PFAS Legislation to Combat Exposure of the Hazardous Chemicals * * * This morning, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed a significant package of legislation aimed at combating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure, which includes a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) a  more

Portman, Warner Introduce Bill to Increase Access to College Credits for Low-Income High School Students
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Will Let High School Students Earn College Credits Funded Through Pell Grant Program * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Go To High School, Go To College Act, which will make college more affordable for low-income students by letting them earn college credits while still in high school, funded through the Pe  more

Rep Jordan: New Data From Custom and Border Protection, ICE Show Hundreds of Migrants at Southern Border Have Criminal Records
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - House Oversight Ranking Members Request DHS Additional Information About Threats Posed By Caravans * * * Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform; Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations; Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA),  more

Rep. Fudge Introduces Parent PLUS Loan Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) re-introduced the Parent PLUS Loan Improvement Act of 2019 to reduce the financial burden placed on parents and families from high-interest Parent PLUS loans. The bill lowers and caps current interest rates, allows for an income-based repayment option for families, and eliminates origination fees. "The rising costs associated with a college education already pose  more

Rep. Gonzalez To Host Second Stop On Veterans Resource Tour In North Olmsted
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) will host his second Veterans Resource Tour event in conjunction with the North Olmsted VFW Post 7647 on June 28 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Saint Clarence Parish. At the event, veterans will have the opportunity to learn about the MISSION Act including new and urgent care benefits that are now available to veterans enrolled in VA health care includin  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Repeal of Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: The current leadership at the EPA understands we can have smart environmental regulations AND protect coal jobs and our economy at the same time. This new rule announced today will help protect the good-paying jobs that so many hardworking families depend on by officially repealing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, and will allow states and agencies like the Ohio EPA to do their own enforcement as opposed to be  more

Rep. Jordan: New Witness Testimony Debunks Democrats' Conspiracy Theories on Census Citizenship Question
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - House Oversight Republicans Release Minority Views on Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross Contempt Citation * * * Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released minority views that will accompany the Committee report recommending to hold Attorney General   more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Departments of Labor, HHS, Education, Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2740): I thank the Gentlewoman from New York for writing such a strong State Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. You are a truly able chair. The base bill and report contain $500,000 for Grass Carp control and this amendment doubles down o  more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to combat the growing scourge of illegal robocalls: Latta, the Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced the Support Tools to Obliterate Pesky (STOP) Robocalls Act earlier this year with Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA). Their legislation is a major component of this bipartisan package. Latta's lan  more

Rep. Latta Sends Letter to USDA Secretary Regarding Unprecedented Rainfall
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- 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 Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the severe and unprecedented rainfall impacting farmers in Northwest and West Central Ohio. The letter urges Secretary Perdue to approve an agriculture disaster declaration should the agency receive a request for one from the state of Ohio. "Over the last several weeks m  more

Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Federal Disaster Relief Funds for Ohio
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Ohio received federal funds to assist individuals impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes, floods, straight-line winds, and landslides that occurred at the end of last month. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement of this Presidential Disaster Declaration as a critical step in helping our communities recover. "I am proud of the collaborative efforts that quickly delivered f  more

Rep. Turner Urges House to Extend Key Tax Credit for Additional Five Years
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement: After a markup yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019, a bill that would extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program for an additional year. "This is incredibly important for Delphi Salaried Retirees and others who depend on this tax credit to afford health care coverage. "Although I am pleased the Health Coverage Tax Credit will  more

Reps. Fudge and Curtis Introduce Time for Completion Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and Congressman John Curtis Introduce Legislation to Improve Community College Graduation Rates * * * Today, Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and John Curtis (UT-3) introduced the Time for Completion Act of 2019. The bill updates the way institutions calculate completion rates and provides students and families with critical information to better evaluate the performance  more

Reps. Jordan, Meadows and Hice Urge Cummings to Examine Widespread Security Protocol Breaches at the State Department
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Committee, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on National Security, sent a letter (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019  more

Reps. Stivers, Gonzalez Amendment Seeks to Hire Additional Judges to Speed Consideration of Asylum Requests
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) have offered two amendments to H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, that seek to double the number of new immigration judges and support staff hired to process migrants entering our country and decrease the hiring time for new judges. Despite a growing number of individuals seeking asylum, t  more

Sen. Brown Introduces Comprehensive Legislation to Stop Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Has Been Called "Everything Pharmaceutical Lobbyists Hate" * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues in re-introducing his Affordable Medications Act, comprehensive legislation to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for high prices and bring down the costs of prescription drugs. The Affordable Medications Act is commonly referred to as the bill that "combi  more

Sen. Brown Issues on Facebook Unveiling Details on Cryptocurrency Libra
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on Facebook unveiling details of its cryptocurrency Libra: This new cryptocurrency will give Facebook competitive advantages with regard to collecting data about financial transactions, as well as control over fees and functionality. "Facebook is already too big and too powerful, and it has used that power to exploit users' data  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- 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 "The Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act": "Thank you Senator Crapo for holding the Committee's first hearing on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. While the Program expires at the end of next year, after the lapse at the end of 2014 we all understand that we need to st  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- 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 on the Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act: "Thank you Senator Crapo for holding the Committee's first hearing on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. While the Program expires at the end of next year, after the lapse at the end of 2014 we all understand that we need to  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a hearing entitled "Reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program" "Thank you for holding the Committee's first hearing on the reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. While the Program expires at the end of next year, after the lapse at the end of 2014 we all understand that we need to start early to make sure that d  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Facebook Unveiling Details of Its Cryptocurrency
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on Facebook unveiling details of its cryptocurrency Libra: This new cryptocurrency will give Facebook competitive advantages with regard to collecting data about financial transactions, as well as control over fees and functionality. "Facebook is already too big and too powerful, and it has used that power to exploit users' data without pr  more

Sen. Brown: Expanding Overtime Pay for Ohio Workers
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: Nearly three years ago, I stood in Columbus to announce that the Obama administration was going to finally raise the salary threshold to earn overtime pay, and make millions more workers eligible. That would have meant more than 4 million Americans - including more than 130,000 Ohioans - were getting a raise. But those workers never got that raise. After the Obama Administration announced it was expanding   more

Sen. Portman Introduces Combating Meth & Cocaine Act
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Will Give States More Flexibility to Use Federal Funding to Address Resurgence of Meth & Cocaine * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today introduced new legislation - the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act - to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. Specifically, the bill expands the use of the Sta  more

Sen. Portman Praises DOD Announcement of $250 Million of Security Assistance to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Last Month, Portman Visited Ukraine to Meet with New President, Military & Business Leaders * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, praised the announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense that it was providing Ukraine with a $250 million package of security assistance. Just three weeks ago, Portman visited Ukraine to meet with newly-elected   more

Sen. Portman Speaks About Legislation on State Opioid Response Grants
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 20, on legislation (S. 1925) to authorize state opioid response grants: Today I am here to continue the important conversation we had on this floor about the ongoing addiction crisis we face in this country. Over the past 2 years, I have come to the floor 57 times to talk about addiction, and usually it has been about opioids and the impact opioids are having-  more

Sen. Rob Portman's Rundown: Week of June 10-14, 2019
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: This week, Senator Rob Portman sent a letter urging President Trump to act swiftly on Governor Mike DeWine's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 10 Ohio counties impacted by the recent tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding. This declaration will help ensure that the impacted counties can access important federal assistance and resources to recover. In addition, on the Senate  more

Sen. Rob Portman's Rundown: Week of June 17-21, 2019
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Senator Portman introduced new legislation - the Combating Meth & Cocaine Act - to give states more flexibility to use federal funding to address the resurgence of psychostimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. On the Senate floor, he highlighted how the bill expands the use of the State Opioid Response Grant funding to address rising use and overdose deaths attributed to the abuse of methamphe  more

Sen. Warren, Colleagues to Congressional Budget Negotiators: Make Child Care, Housing, Climate Crisis Top Priorities
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker of  more

Senators Hirono, Murkowski, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Last week, U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Cory Gardner (R-Col.) introduced S. 1857, the Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019, which would formally authorize the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and establish energy and water usage reduction goals for federal buildin  more

The Only Bipartisan Congressional 'Millennial' Group Taps New Leaders
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: As a wave of new freshmen has entered Congress, a bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to reduce political infighting and advance across-the-aisle agendas with the help of a record-breaking number of young legislators. The Congressional Future Caucus, a bipartisan group of millennial lawmakers, has tapped Reps. Katie Hill, Anthony Gonzalez, Lance Gooden, and Joe Neguse as its newest leaders. They take the h  more

U.S. Sens. Smith, Brown, Cortez Masto, Casey Introduce Bill to Expand Affordable Health Coverage for Families
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.V.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced the Family Coverage Act, which would ensure all spouses and children are able to get covered by fixing a glitch in the health care system that currently prevents families from getting tax credits needed to purchase affordable insurance on the exchanges. Right now, if a moth  more

Van Hollen, Colleagues to Congressional Budget Negotiators: Make Child Care, Affordable Housing, Climate Crisis Top Priorities
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- 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.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),  more