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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday July 14, 2019 ( 49 items )  

Beatty Rule Gets Greenlight, Next Stop House Floor
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee voted 56-2 to advance U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty's (OH-03) signature piece of legislation, the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act, H.R. 281, also known as the 'Beatty Rule.' If enacted, the Beatty Rule would require that at least one gender diverse candidate and one racially or ethnically diverse candidate are interviewed when there is vacancy among the Federa  more

Brown Continues Fighting for Ohioans' Healthcare as Federal Court Decides the Future of Health Law
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion at the Centers for Families and Children in Cleveland as he continues to speak out against ongoing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and throw millions of Americans off their health insurance. This week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Texas v. United States case in which GOP leaders are seeking   more

Brown Continues Fighting for Ohioans' Healthcare as GOP Leaders Turn to Courts to Attack Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Heard Oral Arguments in Healthcare Lawsuit Yesterday in which GOP Leaders Seek to Eliminate the Affordable Care Act More Than 200,000 Ohioans Covered by the ACA, 11.4 Million Americans Nationwide * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he continues to speak out against ongoing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act and throw  more

Brown Hosts Roundtable in Zanesville as He Leads Efforts to Help Increase Access to Higher Education, Workforce Development
ZANESVILLE, Ohio, July 12 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Has Introduced Legislation to Make it Easier for Ohio Students to Attend College, Led Efforts to Connect Young Ohioans with Good-Paying Jobs * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion at the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce to talk with local leaders about efforts to set Ohio students up for future success through access to higher education and workforc  more

Brown Opposes Nominee Who Repeatedly Failed to Hold PFAS Polluters Accountable for Damage Done to Dayton Drinking Water
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) last night took to the Senate Floor to oppose the nomination of Peter Wright to serve as Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). OLEM oversees the EPA's Superfund program and is responsible for protecting drinking water from hazardous materials like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which   more

Brown to Federal Reserve: Rein in Deutsche Bank Abuses, Toughen Regulation of Megabanks
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- 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 demanding the Federal Reserve take decisive action to protect working families and the economy from Deutsche Bank's extensive history of risky behavior, including its repeated gross failures to comply with federal anti- money laundering, sanctions, banking and securities laws. "The Federal   more

Brown, Braun, Peters, Portman Announce 'Build America, Buy America' Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced they will be introducing legislation this week to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America rules have not been fully implemented with respect to all federal programs that provide grants for the construction of infrastructure. This  more

Brown, Portman Release PSA Encouraging Ohioans to Sign Up for FEMA Disaster Assistance Ahead of Aug. 19 Deadline
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) released a public service announcement encouraging Ohioans to apply for federal disaster assistance they helped secure through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline for Ohioans to apply for federal assistance is Monday, Aug. 19. Ohioans can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 for more  more

Brown, Stabenow Lead Finance Dem Effort to Include Bold Drug Pricing Measures in Prescription Drug Bill
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Finance Committee Working on Legislative Package to Bring Down Prescription Drug Costs; Committee Dems Push for Tools to Lower Costs for Consumers, Taxpayers * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today led a group of their Democratic colleagues in urging the Finance Committee to give the Secretary the authority to obtain fair prices for the nation's Medicare bene  more

Brown, Wyden Blast Trump Admin Proposal That Would Cut Taxes for the Wealthiest Americans While Leaving Middle Class Families Behind
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - President Trump is Reportedly Considering Unilaterally Changing the Tax Code to Give $102 Billion In Tax Breaks to the Rich, While Working Families Continue to See Costs Rise & Wages Stagnate * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today blasted reports that the Trump administration is seeking to change the U.S. tax code in a way that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy an  more

Brown: Federal Reserve Must Protect Economy and Consumers From Facebook's Monopoly Money
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- 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 demanding the Federal Reserve provide detailed answers to how they will upgrade the payments system to prevent critical economic infrastructure from being controlled by powerful special interests. In June, Facebook unveiled details of its proposed currency, Libra. This new currency will giv  more

Chairman Graham Leads Congressional Delegation to Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will lead a Congressional delegation to McAllen, Texas to observe the crisis at the southern border. The delegation will join United States Vice President Mike Pence and officials from the Department of Homeland Security. PARTICIPANTS: * U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Car  more

Chairman Graham Leads Congressional Delegation to Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will lead a Congressional delegation to McAllen, Texas to observe the crisis at the southern border. The delegation will join United States Vice President Mike Pence and officials from the Department of Homeland Security. PARTICIPANTS: - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)  more

Foster, Stivers Join Senate Colleagues to Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Protect US Patent Holders, Inventors
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) reintroduced the STRONGER Patents Act to protect and support inventors and innovators and ensure that our patent system protects this essential property right. The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation's Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of 2019  more

House Passes Beatty's Bipartisan Financial Literacy Bill
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty's (OH-03) bipartisan bill, the Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019, H.R. 2162. The bill would give first-time homebuyers who complete a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-certified counseling course a discount on their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage insurance premium of 25 basis points (or  more

House Passes Turner Amendment Requiring DoD to Share Monitoring Data Relating to PFAS Contaminants
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today the House of Representatives passed Congressman Mike Turner's (OH-10) amendment to require the Secretary of Defense to share monitoring data relating to perfluoroalkyl substances, polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and other contaminants collected on military installations with local cities or municipal drinking water utilities located adjacent to military installations. "My community of Dayton, Ohio,   more

In Advance of 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Portman Pays Tribute to Neil Armstrong
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) paid tribute to his friend, Ohio-native Neil Armstrong, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which takes place on July 20. Transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here: https://youtu.be/aJq9CyzQTSE "Mr. President, I'm here on the floor this afternoon to talk about a landmark moment in human his  more

In Columbus, Portman Participates in Workforce Roundtable Hosted by the Human Service Chamber
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 3 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour by participating in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County. A number of nonprofit leaders from the Columbus community joined the discussion on closing the skills gap through Career and Technical Education (CTE), addressing the impact of drug addiction on workforce participation, the healthy  more

Joyce, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence Hold Roundtable on Sexual Assault in the Military
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and his fellow co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, Representatives John Katko (NY-24), Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Jackie Speier (CA-14), held a roundtable to address Military Sexual Trauma (MST). In May, the Department of Defense (DOD) released its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. The report found that roughly 20,500 service mem  more

On Fox Business, Portman Discusses the Crisis at the Southern Border & Highlights His Upcoming Visit
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with Fox Business's Varney & Company this morning, Senator Portman voiced his concern about the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and discussed solutions on how best to handle the influx of immigrants attempting to come into the United States. He plans to visit the border later this week to see the humanitarian crisis firsthand and talk to our border control agents on the ground to help c  more

Portman to Visit Southern Border Today in McAllen, Texas
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) is joining a delegation of Senate Judiciary Committee members led by Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to visit the southern border. The delegation will tour the federal migrant processing center in McAllen, Texas, and attend a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol agents and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership on the ground. He released the following  more

Portman, Brown Release PSA Encouraging Ohioans to Sign Up for FEMA Disaster Assistance Ahead of Aug. 19 Deadline
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released a public service announcement encouraging Ohioans to apply for federal disaster assistance they helped secure through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline for Ohioans to apply for federal assistance is Monday, Aug. 19. Ohioans can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 for more i  more

Portman, Brown Urge President Trump to Swiftly Approve Ohio's Request for Addendum to Major Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Send Letter to Trump Following Governor DeWine's Request for Disaster Declaration for 5 Ohio Counties * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged President Trump to act swiftly on Governor Mike DeWine's request for an addendum to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted on June 18, 2019. This addendum would include the Public Assistance Grant program for C  more

Portman, Brown Urge President Trump to Swiftly Approve Ohio's Request for Addendum to Major Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Send Letter to Trump Following Governor DeWine's Request for Disaster Declaration for 5 Ohio Counties * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged President Trump to act swiftly on Governor Mike DeWine's request for an addendum to the Presidential Disaster Declaration granted on June 18, 2019. This addendum would include the Public Assistance Grant program for  more

Portman, Brown, Braun, Peters Announce 'Build America, Buy America' Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Bipartisan Bill would Apply Buy America Rules to All Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure and Public Works Projects * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced they will be introducing legislation this week to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America ru  more

Rep. Beatty Slams Trump Administration's Latest Attack on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in the Republican-led, White House-backed lawsuit, Texas v. U.S., U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) blasted Republicans' latest efforts to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as all the benefits and protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. "Republicans and the White House are recklessly determined  more

Rep. Chabot: Veterans Advocate for Entrepreneurship Programs and Reduced Red Tape
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- 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 veteran small business owners on legislation that would assist veteran entrepreneurship. "Today, we are asking for input on what I believe is a strong, bipartisan package of bills that we hope to mark up later this month," said Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH). "Each of these bills has a M  more

Rep. Davidson Issues Statement on National Defense Authorization Act Vote
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting no on the House Democrat version of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Funding our troops should not be political, and for the last 58 years, the National Defense Authorization Act has been nonpartisan in the House. "Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi is catering to far-left Democrats with a bill that would undermine our troops and move terrorists to U.S. soil by closing GITMO. "As shown by the S  more

Rep. Fudge Pushes Naomi Earp to Address Discrimination Issues at USDA
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, sent a letter Thursday to Naomi Earp, current Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture on issues related to socially disadvantaged farmers. The letter urges Earp, who awaits Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, to address USDA's  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Oral Arguments in Texas Vs. U.S. Lawsuit
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals began hearing oral arguments in the Texas vs. U.S. lawsuit: Rep. Kaptur highlighted the devastating impact the Republican lawsuit would have on hard-working families across Northern Ohio and throughout the United States. "Since the Affordable Care Act became law, it has provided coverage to more than 200,000 Ohioans and 16 million Americans. Sadly, President Trump and his Re  more

Rep. Ryan Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for middle and high school students in Ohio's 13th Congressional District. The CAC accepts computer programs (or apps) written in any programming language, for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.). The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience.  more

Rep. Ryan Praises Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) praised House passage of the Never Forgot the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327). This bill is named after James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez, who were all 9/11 first responders who passed away after battling 9/11-related illnesses. This bipartisan legislation extends the V  more

Rep. Stivers Applauds Updates to Ohio's Disaster Recovery Centers
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last month, the Presidential Disaster Declaration delivered critical funds and assistance to help communities across Ohio recover from the recent severe storms, tornadoes, floods, straight-line winds, and landslides. Beginning today, some of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers across Ohio have new operating hours. The Recovery Center located in Circleville will now open f  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Op-Ed on Veterans History Project
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on leaving a legacy through the Veterans History Project: 47,640. That is the number of veterans currently living in the 15th Congressional District. They have served our nation in the military, fighting for the principles, freedoms, and liberties we celebrate on the 4th of July. The stories of our veterans are the story of our nation, and I am incredibly grateful to the Library of Congress that documents the stories a  more

Rep. Turner Issues Statement on Passage of National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after opposing the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020: "This bill makes our country less safe, and I could not support it. "As I have repeatedly stated, this bill undermines our national security, weakens our defenses, and emboldens our adversaries to challenge us. "This bill is so extreme it will never become law. I am disheartened by this staggering break in our tradition of bip  more

Rep. Walker Encourages FDA to Expand Patient Access to Potentially Lifesaving Drugs
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, issued the following news releae: U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) recently led a letter to Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, the acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), encouraging the FDA to expand the Parallel Track and improve patient access to potentially lifesaving medications that have been deemed safe, but not fully approved by the agency. The letter is signed by U.S. Representatives Mo Brooks (R-Ala.  more

Rep. Wenstrup Honors Staffer Cummins
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record July 9, honoring staff member Annie Cummins: I rise to honor and thank a member of my staff, who is also a constituent from Ohio's Second District, Annie Cummins. Annie and her stepmother, Linda, have worked alongside me for much of my careers both in Congress and in private medical practice. Linda devoted 20 years as a medical assistant in my practice, and 2019 marks  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Semi-Annual Monetary Policy Report to Congress
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- 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 Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress": "The stock market is soaring - but most American families get their money from a paycheck, not an account statement from their stock broker. "A critical part of your job is measuring and evaluating the economy, and those measurements need to take into ac  more

Sen. Brown Urges Federal Health Officials to Ensure Ohioans Can Maintain Access to Lifesaving Devices
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Proposed Adding Lifesaving Ventilators to Competitive Bidding Program, Threatening Ohioans' Ability to Acquire These Devices * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in urging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to consider the negative impacts of its proposal to add non-invasive ventilators to a competi  more

Sen. Brown Visits Fairfield County Students at Summer Manufacturing Camp
LANCASTER, Ohio, July 12 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - For Seven Straight Years, Brown has Helped Organize Camps to Help Ohio Students Learn about Manufacturing This Year, Brown Will Host 36 Camps in 26 Counties across Ohio * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited eighth and ninth-grade campers at Ohio University Lancaster as they participate in the Fairfield County Summer Manufacturing Camp that Brown's office helped to organize. "M  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Announcement of Qatar Airways Contract for G.E. Aviation
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the announcement that G.E. Aviation was awarded a contract with Qatar Airways for engines and multiyear service agreements: "I want to congratulate GE Aviation and their employees in Evendale for winning a contract to provide Qatar Airlines with their top of the line GEnx engines. "These highly-reliable, fuel-efficient engines are the right choice to power Qatar Airways' new fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft. GE's  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Icon Spencer
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the death of Cincinnati civil rights icon Marian Spencer: "Jane and I are saddened to learn about the passing of Marian Spencer, a true civil rights icon. "As a granddaughter of a slave, Marian was a driving force for change in Cincinnati, devoting much of her life to fighting for justice in our city. "Her lifetime of service and activism is truly an inspiration to us all. "Today, her legacy in Southwest Oh  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Section 301 Investigation Into French Digital Services Tax
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Trade Representative's decision to open a Section 301 investigation into the French digital services tax proposal: "The French digital services tax, like similar proposals before it, discriminates against U.S. companies, results in double taxation, and creates new barriers to transatlantic trade. "Unilateral actions that target U.S. companies and U.S. revenue represent a dangerous precedent th  more

Sen. Portman Praises Proposed Tank Sale to Taiwan That Will Benefit Lima's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded the State Department's approval of a potential $2 billion foreign military sale that would include 108 Abrams tanks modernized at Lima's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) to Taiwan. Portman, who recently praised the Senate passage of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes more than $2.4 billion in funding for military systems that s  more

Sen. Portman Visits Refuge Ministries, a Faith-Based Rehabilitation Facility in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured Refuge Ministries--a faith-based rehabilitation facility--and met with leadership and individuals who have successfully completed the faith-based,13-month program. "I was honored to visit and tour The Refuge Ministries today. The Refuge uses a faith-based, holistic approach to help those suffering from drug addiction," said Portman. "I heard today from President  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Executive Business Meeting
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Executive business meeting at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on July 11: Agenda I. Nominees * 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,  more

Sens. Coons, Cotton, Reps. Stivers, Foster Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Protect U.S. Patent Holders, Inventors
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and U.S. Representatives Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.) today reintroduced the STRONGER Patents Act to protect and support inventors and innovators and ensure that our patent system protects this essential property right. The STRONGER (Support Technology & Research for Our Nation's Growth and Economic Resilience) Patents Act of  more

Turner Supports Permanent Reauthorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Through 2090
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) joined a majority of members in the House of Representatives in passing the permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through fiscal year 2090. Turner was an early co-sponsor of the bill this Congress. "Our country owes a debt of gratitude to the brave law enforcement and first responders who courageously sacrificed their well-being to sav  more

Wenstrup, Rice, Collins, Durbin Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Make VA Smoke-Free
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH-02) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04), along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to prohibit smoking at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation would repeal an antiquated 1992 law that requires the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to furnish and maintain designated ind  more