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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday July 21, 2019 ( 65 items )  

At Committee Roundtable, Portman Highlights Importance of Reducing Incentives for Migrants
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee roundtable, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis at our southern border and stressed the importance of finding solutions that reduce incentives for migrants to make the dangerous journey to the southern border, often with traffickers and human smugglers. Portman recently visited the southern border where he saw the hu  more

Brown Introduces Bill to Ensure Humane, Safe Conditions and Treatment for People in CBP Custody
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Establishes Humanitarian Standards of Care, Directs CBP to Meet Basic Health and Medical Needs of Migrants at Border Facilities * * * Following a trip to the southern border, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation to help ensure humane and safe conditions and treatment for people in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in   more

Brown Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Renew and Expand Farm to School Efforts
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Will Reauthorize Farm To School Program * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined his Senate colleagues last week in introducing bipartisan legislation to get more fresh, locally grown foods in schools across the nation. Brown joined Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in introducing the Farm to School Act, which would expand the  more

Brown Visits Southern Border, Speaks Out Against Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis
EL PASO, Texas, July 14 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Last Month, Brown Voted for Emergency Funding to Help Families and Children at Border; Senator has Denounced Trump Admin's Family Separation Policy & has Called for Investigation into Federal Contractors in Charge of Detained Children * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the U.S. border with Mexico and met with advocates and those who have been working with migrants and their fami  more

Brown, Wyden Call on Homeland Security to Crack Down on Imported Cocoa Produced With Child Labor
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Letter Follows Washington Post Article Detailing How Chocolate Companies Continue to Exploit Children ; Large Chocolate Companies Promised to Eradicate Child Labor in Cocoa Production by 2005 * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to Kevin McAleenan, Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, calling on the Administration to enforce ex  more

Business & Efficiency Leaders Praise Portman, Shaheen Legislation to Reduce Emissions & Spur Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Mark Warner (D-VA), introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which will improve energy efficiency in three key sectors - buildings, industrial, and the federal   more

Carper Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Make the VA Smoke-Free
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-Ohio-02) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.-04), to introduce 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   more

CDC Data Shows Progress on Reducing Overdose Deaths, Need to Combat Synthetic Drugs, Address Resurgence of Meth
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm) highlighting progress in reducing drug overdose deaths in 2018. The report found that there were 67,744 opioid overdose deaths across the United States last year, a four percent reduction from the previous year's total of 70,699. Ohio experienced a 22 percent reduction from   more

Energy & Commerce Committee Approves Rep. Latta's Efforts on Stopping Robocalls, Improving Grid Security
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: "Americans deserve peace of mind knowing that the phones that connect us to the world are being used for good, not scams." Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee passed three bills that Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been working on: the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, the Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act, and the Cyber Sense Act of 2019. These bills will help stop   more

GAO Issues Report on 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Census Bureau's progress in opening area census offices. The report (GAO-19-602) is titled "2020 Census: Bureau Is Making Progress Opening Offices and Recruiting, but Could Improve Its Ability to Evaluate Training". The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, ch  more

GAO Issues Report on Consumer Reporting Agencies
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the consumer reporting market. The report (GAO-19-459) is titled "Consumer Reporting Agencies: CFPB Should Define Its Supervisory Expectations". The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina,   more

GAO Issues Report on DATA Act
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The report (GAO-19-537) is titled "DATA Act: Customer Agencies' Experiences Working with Shared Service Providers for Data Submissions". The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, Sen. Thomas Ca  more

GAO Issues Report on EPA Advisory Committees
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to how the Environmental Protection Agency appoints advisory committee members. The report (GAO-19-280) is titled "EPA Advisory Committees: Improvements Needed for the Member Appointment Process". The report was sent to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Environment a  more

Hoeven Leads Senate Colloquy Calling for Passage of USMCA
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led a colloquy with Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) to outline the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its benefits for the nation's economy. "Implementation of this agreemen  more

House Small Business Committee Passes Five Bipartisan Bills
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- 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 held a markup of legislation to provide vital protection for members of the military, veterans, and their spouses. All five bills passed through Committee by voice vote. "Today's five bills focus on our nation's heroes--our veterans, service-disabled veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, and th  more

ICYMI: Rep. Latta On Grid Security as National Security
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) questioned energy and cybersecurity experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Latta, a co-chair of the Congressional Grid Innovation Caucus, focused his questions on bipartisan legislation he has championed and the need to pro  more

Kaptur Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15/Hour
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, a landmark piece of legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including 128,300 workers (39.8%) in Ohio's Ninth Congressional District. The average wage increase for affected workers i  more

On CNN, Portman Discusses His Recent Visit to the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with CNN's New Day this morning, Senator Portman discussed his recent trip to the southern border where he saw the humanitarian crisis firsthand and discussed solutions on how best to handle the unprecedented influx of individuals attempting to come into the United States. He is committed to working on a bipartisan basis on solutions to address this issue. Excerpts of his interview can be found b  more

On Fox Business, Portman Discusses Trip to the Southern Border & Highlights His Support to 9/11 First Responders Bill
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with Fox Business's Varney & Company this morning, Senator Portman highlighted his recent visit to the southern border where he saw the humanitarian crisis firsthand and was able to talk with families and children about their experiences there. Portman also expressed his belief that September 11, 2001 first responders should be provided with the medical assistance they need, and discussed his sup  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights the Economic Benefits of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in a colloquy led by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) to highlight the economic benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement, which will help American workers, farmers and manufacturers. Portman supports the more modern USMCA to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in part because it includes new and enforceabl  more

Portman & Durbin Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Commemorating 5th Anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chairs and co-founders of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, praised Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 74) commemorating the fifth anniversary of Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity. The resolution recognizes the bravery of the people of Ukraine who participated in the Maidan protests and honors the memory of the more than 100 protestors who were k  more

Portman Column: 50 Years Later, Neil Armstrong's Walk on the Moon Still Inspires
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following column: 50 years ago this week, one of Ohio's greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will never forget watching on a small black-and-white TV as Neil Armstrong made his famous first small step then walked on the stark   more

Portman Highlights Choice for Congress: A Vote Against USMCA is a Vote For NAFTA
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In a new interview with AEI's Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen on their "What the Hell is Going On" podcast, Senator Portman discussed U.S. trade relations with China, the ongoing negotiations between the two countries, and the prospects of Congress passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year. Portman, who delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting the economic benefits of USMCA earl  more

Portman Visits Southern Border, Sees Humanitarian and Immigration Crisis and Calls for Bipartisan Action
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) joined a delegation led by the Senate Judiciary Committee to visit the southern border. They were joined at the border by Vice President Mike Pence. The delegation toured the new Donna Processing Facility where families and unaccompanied children are being processed, and the McAllen Border Patrol Station, where single men and the women are being processed. He toured t  more

Portman, Shaheen Introduce Energy Efficiency Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Will Save Energy and Protect the Environment While Saving Money and Creating Jobs * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which will improve energy efficiency in three key sectors - buildings, industrial, and the federal government. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (  more

Ranking Member Chabot Lauds Passage of Bipartisan Small Business Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted five bipartisan bills reported out of the Small Business Committee. Following passage of this legislation, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) said, "The legislation passed today strengthens the resources available to small businesses. I thank Chairwoman Velazq  more

Raskin, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies' Proposed Relocation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in sending a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They were joined on the letter by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murr  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on President Trump's Social Media Attack
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's social media attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan: "The president's tweet telling my four female colleagues to 'go back' to the 'places from which they come' is disgusting--and reminiscent of a time in our country's history when discrimination ruled. "Hearing the hateful rhetoric c  more

Rep. Beatty's Credit Score Bill Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: On July 11th, the House Financial Services Committee passed U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty's (OH-03) bill, the Free Credit Scores for Consumers Act of 2019, H.R. 3618. If enacted, the bill would provide consumers free annual credit scores with their annual credit report along with an explanation of how credit scores are calculated. "Your credit score goes a long way in determining your ability to purchase a c  more

Rep. Chabot: Burchett and Kim Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Reservist Small Business Owners
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Last week, House Committee on Small Business members Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN) and Representative Andy Kim (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 3661, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act, which would strengthen Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that protect small business owners whose employees are members of the National Guard and Reserve   more

Rep. Davidson Issues Statement on Resolution to Condemn President Trump Tweets
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting no on a resolution to condemn President Trump's tweets: "'Deeds not Words' was the motto of my first infantry unit. "I voted against this resolution. Political theater wastes time that could be better spent solving problems like the border crisis. "Instead of solving problems, this Democrat-led Congress votes on things that cannot become law and do not address the underlying issues. Congress is f  more

Rep. Davidson Talks About U.S. Trade With China and Cryptocurrency on Bloomberg
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Warren Davidson, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, joined Bloomberg's David Weinstein recently to discuss trade with China and the upcoming Facebook-Libra hearings in Congress. Davidson talked about using targeted sanctions against bad actors, including individuals and companies instead of sweeping tariffs. He also discussed with the host how his legislation, the Token Taxonomy   more

Rep. Davidson: Clerical Errors Threaten Thousands of Federal Dollars for Universities
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, Congressman Davidson introduced the Educational Opportunities and Success Act, H.R. 3800, to protect federal funds that help young people from low-income families prepare for college. Authored by Representatives Warren Davidson (R-OH-08), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Mike Simpson (R-ID-02), Alma Adams (D-NC-12), Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), this bill prevents the Department o  more

Rep. Fudge Introduces the Supporting Transparency to Overcome Poverty & Campus Hunger Act
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) introduced the Supporting Transparency to Overcome Poverty and (STOP) Campus Hunger Act to combat hunger among college students across the country. The bill combats college hunger by providing enrolled students with greater access to information on student eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for W  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Passage of Raise the Wage Act
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House passed the Raise the Wage Act: "For millions of people across the country working 40 hours or more a week, earning minimum wages is not enough to support themselves and their families. "The current federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009 - the longest period in history without an increase. "The House-passed Raise the Wage Act will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 a  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Resolution to Honor Havlicek
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on resolution (H. Res. 486) honoring the life of John Havlicek: Last week, Congressman Bill Johnson introduced H. Res. 486 to honor the life and legacy of John Havlicek, one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Havlicek was born in Martins Ferry and was a three-sport All-State athlete at Bridgeport High School. As an All-American at Ohio State, he helped the team win the 1960 National Championship. Havlicek   more

Rep. Jordan Issues Statement on House Vote to Hold A.G. Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in Contempt of Congress
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after the House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress: "Democrats are engaged in yet another episode of political theater in an attempt to delegitimize the citizenship question. "The Administration is complying with the Democrats' investigation. Asking about citizenship i  more

Rep. Jordan: Correcting the Record on the Trump's Administration Efforts to Address the Crisis at the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Oversight Republicans release staff report compiling data and expert witness testimony that corrects the Democrat narrative * * * Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a staff report (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/  more

Rep. Joyce Bill to Reauthorize Nursing Workforce Development Programs Passes Powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nursing Caucus. This bill, which would reauthorize programs and grants that support the recruitment and retention of professional  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces Bill to Establish Independent Labor Secretariat to Protect Workers
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation is Endorsed by AFL-CIO * * * Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), introduced the Independent Labor Secretariat for Fair Trade Deals Act of 2019, legislation that would establish an independent Labor Secretariat with the authority to address transnational issues relating to labor, monitor and enforce labor-related trade agreement provisions, and provide research relating to the effec  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces SAILORS Act
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 18, introducing the Stopping Aggressive Incursions on Liberty by Ordering Russian Sanctions Act: I rise with my fellow co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus to introduce the SAILORS ACT, or the "Stopping Aggressive Incursions on Liberty by Ordering Russian Sanctions Act." This bill would direct the Administration to sanction 24 senior officer  more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on Bill to Raise National Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against bill to raise the national minimum wage to $15, a policy that the Congressional Budget Office reported could eliminate four million jobs, particularly for those who rely on lower wage positions like unskilled teenagers entering the workforce and people with disabilities: The CBO also found that 42 percent of families currently earning at the minimum wage would see a net reduction in family i  more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act, SBA Awareness Act
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the House passage of the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act and the SBA Awareness Act that will improve cybersecurity training, handling and reporting for small businesses: "Our families and communities rely on small businesses for jobs, goods, and services. Cyber crimes pose a very serious threat to these businesses, as well as to their employees and customers. "It's important that the gov  more

Rep. Ryan Conducts Oversight Visit of Migrant Detention Center in Homestead, Florida
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today conducted an oversight visit of the Homestead Emergency Influx Care facility--a migrant child detention center in Homestead, Florida--with several Democratic colleagues from the House Appropriations Committee. The facility, which is the largest in operation for migrant children in the U.S., houses boys and girls ages 13-17 who have arrived in the country without their parents or l  more

Rep. Ryan Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Increase Investment in U.S. Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced a bill today increasing access to affordable capital for small manufacturers. The Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act would increase affordable loans to manufacturers, provide incentives to grow operations, support manufacturing startups, spur investment in small manufacturing businesses and expand education assistance to s  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on Contract Negotiations Between United Automobile Workers, General Motors
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the contract negotiations between the United Automobile Workers and General Motors: Members of UAW Local 1112 who worked at GM Lordstown arrived in Detroit, Michigan this morning to rally in support of their union. GM closed five plants in North America this year, including one in Lordstown, Ohio. "I stand with the each and every UAW member fighting for their rights as they start contract negotiations with G  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Statement on President Trump Tweet
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on President Trump's tweet: "I condemn the President's tweet calling on Members of Congress to go back to the 'crime infested places from which they came.' "The constituents we represent sent us to Washington with a job to do - maintain our economic growth, fix our immigration system, and look out for our veterans, to start. "Swapping insults on the Internet makes our jobs that much harder. "The divisive rhetor  more

Rep. Wenstrup Issues Statement on National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, July 12 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against the National Defense Authorization Act: "As a member of the Armed Services, I understand that military readiness begins with the funding levels and programs that Congress authorizes in the NDAA each year. "Unfortunately, I could not vote for the bill before the House today because it would not provide the resources necessary to address the mounting threats facing our military and our nation.   more

Rep. Wenstrup: Ways & Means Committee Launches Rural & Underserved Communities Health Task Force
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the Ways and Means Committee announced the creation of the "Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force." A bipartisan group of four co-chairs will lead the new effort: Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL). The task force will convene members and experts to discuss the challenges of delivering health care in rural an  more

Reps. Jordan, Meadows Request Document About Former WMATA Board Chair Jack Evans Ethics Probe
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- 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 on Oversight and Reform, and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/letter/letter-to-washington-metropolitan-area-transit-authority-wmata-board-of-directo  more

Reps. Walden, Latta Issue Statement on Full Committee Passage of Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Reps. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, issued the following joint statement on full committee passage of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act: "Even in a divided Congress, it is our job to act and to solve problems on behalf of the American people. Nearly 50 billion illegal robocalls were placed last year. "The  more

Scott Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Investment in U.S. Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced legislation to increase investment in American small manufacturers. The Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act would support American manufacturers through increasing affordable loans, incentivizing operation growth, and expanding financial resources and education assistance  more

Sen. Brown Bears Witness to Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the U.S. southern border with Mexico over the weekend, where he met with advocates and those who have been working with migrants and their families as the humanitarian crisis at the border continues. During his visit, Brown reiterated his call for an end to the Trump administration's family separation policy, which has worsened the crisis at the bor  more

Sen. Brown Demands Equal Pay for Women in Sports
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is demanding equal pay for women in sports this week, as he has joined his colleagues on two bills pushing to get women in professional and amateur sports the wages they deserve. Right now, female athletes are paid significantly lower than their male counterparts, despite performing the same, if not better work. Brown is working with his colleagues to close this pay gap, sponsori  more

Sen. Brown Issues Opening Statement at Facebook Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing on Facebook's digital currency: "Facebook is dangerous. "Now, Facebook might not intend to be dangerous - but they certainly don't respect the power of the technologies they are playing with. Like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches, Facebook has burned down the house over and over, and called every  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Facebook Digital Currency
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- 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 Facebook's digital currency: "Facebook is dangerous. "Now, Facebook might not intend to be dangerous - but they certainly don't respect the power of the technologies they are playing with. Like a toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches, Facebook has burned down the house over and over, and c  more

Sens. Coons, Scott, Gardner, Rosen Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Support Investment in U.S. Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to increase investment in American small manufacturers. The Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act would support American manufacturers through increasing affordable loans, incentivizing operation growth, and expanding financial resources   more

Sens. Johnson, Sinema Lead Bipartisan Call for Implementation of Operation Safe Return
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) along with Sens. Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jones (D-Ala.) Portman (R-Ohio) Lankford (R-Okla.), Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Cornyn (R-Texas) sent letters to President Donald Trump, Vice Presid  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Praise FEMA Approval of Public Assistance for Four Ohio Counties
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to approve Governor 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 Columbiana, Greene, Mercer, and Montgomery counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms,  more

Trone, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies' Proposed Relocation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today Congressman David Trone (MD-06) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They were joined on the letter by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.)  more

Udall, Brown, Heinrich Introduce Bill to Ensure Humane and Safe Conditions and Treatment for People in CBP Custody
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation establishes humanitarian standards of care, directs CBP to meet basic health and medical needs of migrants at border facilities * * * Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to help ensure humane and safe conditions and treatment for people in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The Humanitarian Stand  more

Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies' Proposed Relocation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Ask Perdue to Confirm Staff Now Have Until Sept. 30th to Decide to Move, Consider Telework Options * * * Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He was joined on the letter  more

Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies' Proposed Relocation
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Ask Perdue to Confirm Staff Now Have Until Sept. 30th to Decide to Move, Consider Telework Options * * * Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He was joined on the letter by Sen  more

Warner, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies' Proposed Relocation
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He was joined on the letter by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (  more

Warren, Baldwin, Brown, Pocan, Jayapal, Colleagues Unveil Bold Legislation to Fundamentally Reform Private Equity Industry
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Comprehensive Bill Would Ensure Private Investment Funds Have Skin in the Game - Reforms Would Empower Workers, Safeguard the Financial System, and Protect Investors * * * United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, along with Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), and Pramila Jaya  more