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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 103 items )  

After Request From Portman, Carper, Independent Watchdog Highlights Lack of Transparency in Public Comment Process
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Will Hold a Hearing on GAO Report in September * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, today released the findings of a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-483) that reviewed online regulatory commenting   more

At Hearing, Portman Questions Treasury Nominees About France's Digital Services Tax on U.S. Companies
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) questioned Brent McIntosh, nominee to be Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, and Brian Callanan, nominee to be the General Counsel at the Treasury Department, about France's proposed digital services tax targeting U.S. companies. Portman recently applauded the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) decision to open a  more

Beatty Backed Bill Protects Pension Plans for Hardworking Ohioans
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, H.R. 397, also known as the "Butch Lewis Act." This major piece of legislation, of which U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) is an original cosponsor, will provide the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) the flexibility to guarantee that endangered multiemployer pension plans have dedicated funding  more

Brown Announces More Than $9 Million for Irishtown Bend Project
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Go Toward Rehabilitating Riverbank Along The Cuyahoga River At Irishtown Bend * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $9,020,000 Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant to The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. The project will protect maritime commerce in the Cuyahoga River shipping channel and, by ext  more

Brown Calls on CFPB to Keep Lenders Accountable for Responsible Lending
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - CFPB Could Reconsider Rule Proving Critical Consumer Protections and Access to Credit * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to maintain critical consumer mortgage protections as it reviews its "qualified mortgage" (QM) rule. The Dodd-Frank Wall Stree  more

Brown Challenges President Trump to Take Action to End Homelessness
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - is demanding that President Trump take decisive action to address the homelessness crisis in the United States. During a recent Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson, President Trump indicated interest in addressing homelessness but failed to provide concrete solutions. "[Not] all homelessnes  more

Brown Hosts Roundtable Discussion With Mahoning River Mayors' Association in Youngstown
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, July 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Leading Efforts to Help Ohio Communities Invest in Infrastructure Improvements, Create Good-Paying Jobs * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion in Youngstown with members of the Mahoning River Mayors' Association to hear about efforts to revitalize the Mahoning River Corridor and spur investment and job creation in the Mahoning Valley. Brown has led ef  more

Brown, Colleagues Reintroduce Butch Lewis Act, Reaffirm Commitment to Solving Pension Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - With House Set to Pass Butch Lewis Solution, Senators Continue Fighting to Solve Crisis that Threatens Workers, Retirees and Small Businesses * * * Former Members of the Select Pensions Committee, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) led 27 Senators in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate today as  more

Brown, Cornyn, Feinstein, Portman, Klobuchar, Tillis, Blumenthal Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Targets Criminals Creating & Fueling Substance Abuse Crisis in Order to Control Victims; Law Enforcement Organizations & Victim Advocates have Endorsed the Bill * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today reintroduced bipartisan legislatio  more

Brown, Portman Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Targets Criminals Creating & Fueling Substance Abuse Crisis in Order to Control Victims * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call today as he reintroduced his bipartisan legislation to crack down on addiction-driven human trafficking. Brown's bill, the Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act would specifically address the use  more

Brown, State Legislators, Mayor Whaley Urge All Sides to Come Together, End Montgomery Co. Child Service Workers Strike
CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Officials Urge Resolution to End Strike, Secure Contract and Fair Pay For Workers * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined a bi-partisan coalition including Ohio State Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Peggy Lehner (R- Kettering), State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township), Todd Smith (R-Farmersville), and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton), along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley  more

Carper Highlights Report on DERA's Lifesaving Impact and Economic Benefits
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today celebrated the continued public health and economic benefits of EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program, as outlined in EPA's Fourth Report to Congress on DERA's performance. Senator Carper, along with the late Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio), authored and introduced the first piece of legislation tha  more

Carper, Portman, Grassley, Wyden Highlight Findings of GAO Report Ahead of Committee Hearing on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: * * * - Following Request from Bipartisan Lawmakers, Independent Watchdog Reveals Increase of Abuse in Nursing Homes, Need for Improved Oversight * * * Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (D-Ohio) Ranking Member and Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), along with Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Wash.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Co  more

Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Legislation Posthumously Promoting Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Dick Cole to Colonel
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced legislation that calls for the posthumous promotion of Dayton, Ohio native Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Richard E. Cole. This bipartisan legislation also recognizes the accomplishments, sacrifices, and legacy of Lt. Col. Cole, the last of the living Doolittle Raiders u  more

Duckworth, Durbin Help Reintroduce Butch Lewis Act to Protect Worker Pensions
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Continue Fighting to Solve Crisis that Threatens Workers, Retirees and Small Businesses * * * U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) this week in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate. Named for the late Ohio Teamster, the Butch Lewis  more

Feinstein, Schatz, Colleagues Bill Would Block Trump Administration From Obtaining, Politicizing Citizenship Information
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Today Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) led a group of senators in pushing back against President Trump's executive action ordering federal agencies to turn over citizenship data from existing government records for political purposes. In addition to Feinstein and Schatz, the legislation to overturn Trump's executive order is cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill  more

Feinstein, Schatz, Colleagues Bill Would Block Trump Administration From Obtaining, Politicizing Citizenship Information
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: Today Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) led a group of senators in pushing back against President Trump's executive action ordering federal agencies to turn over citizenship data from existing government records for political purposes. In addition to Feinstein and Schatz, the legislation to overturn Trump's executive o  more

Former NFL Players and Freshman Congressmen Colin Allred and Anthony Gonzalez Announce Joint District Visits
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressmen Colin Allred (D-TX) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) today announced joint district visits to Northeast Ohio and North Texas for the congressmen to learn about problems facing each district and how best they can work together and with other members on both sides of the aisle to find meaningful bipartisan solutions. The district exchange will kick off on Thursday, August 1 with Allred's visit to O  more

GAO Issues Report on Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on abuse of residents in nursing homes. The report (GAO-19-433) is titled "Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security an  more

Harris, Colleagues Reintroduce Butch Lewis Act and Reaffirm Commitment to Solving Pension Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and 22 of their colleagues in reintroducing the Butch Lewis Act in the Senate as the House of Representatives is expected to pass the bill this afternoon. Named for a retired Ohio Teamster, the Butch Lewis Act would addres  more

Hirono, Tillis, Velazquez, Stivers Introduce Bill to Help Close Patent Gap Faced by Women, Minorities
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act ("IDEA Act") of 2019. The IDEA Act is designed to help close the gap faced by women, minorities, and others when it comes to procuring patent rights in the   more

Homeland Security Committee Approves Portman Bill to Improve Federal Permitting Process, Create Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Vote Builds Momentum for Making Smarter Permitting Process Under FAST-41 Permanent * * * The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved Senator Rob Portman's (R-OH) Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act by voice vote. The bill will build on efforts started in 2015 to improve the federal permitting process for some of the nation's largest infrastructure projects.   more

House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairs Issue Statement on Trump Administration's Trade War Payments to Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Jim Costa, D-California, issued the following statement: The chairs of four House Agriculture Subcommittees issued a joint statement today in response to USDA's announcement of details on aid for farmers hurt by the Administration's trade war. Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California; Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio; General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Chair Filemon Vela of Texas; and Bi  more

House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairs Issue Statement on Trump Administration's Trade War Payments to Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement: The chairs of four House Agriculture Subcommittees issued a joint statement today in response to USDA's announcement of details on aid for farmers hurt by the Administration's trade war. Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio; Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California; General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Chair Filemon Vela of Texas; and Bi  more

House Passes Latta Anti-Robocall Bill
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, legislation to combat the rise in illegal robocalls. Congressman Bob Latta, the Ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee's 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 was a major component of this bi  more

Joyce Announces $9.02 Million Federal Grant Awarded to Rehabilitate Irishtown Bend
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) $9.2 million to rehabilitate the riverbank infrastructure along the Cuyahoga River at Irishtown Bend. Dave has long supported requests for federal funding on behalf of this effort, having personally advocated for these funds in a letter to Secretary of   more

Kaptur Votes to Pass Historic Butch Lewis Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) voted to pass the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly called the Butch Lewis Act, a landmark piece of legislation to address the nation's worsening multiemployer pension crisis. Kaptur is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Currently, there are about 1,400 multiemployer plans covering nearly 10 million people across the country. A signific  more

Kaptur, Joyce, Stabenow, Portman, Baldwin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Renew, Expand Funding for Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and David Joyce (R-OH), alongside Senate Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand funding for the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 will reauthorize the Great  more

Kaptur, Kelly Call for Consistent Auto Regulations Across State, Federal Government in Bipartisan Testimony Before House Energy & Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: On Thursday, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Auto Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), submitted bipartisan testimony to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce during the committee's Member Day hearing. In the testimony, the Co-Chairs advocated consistent automotive regulation across all fifty states and federal government. Additi  more

Murray, Brown Call on DeVos, Kraninger to Stop Undermining Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Murray and Brown demanded DeVos cooperate with the CFPB and reverse her efforts to dismantle Obama-era protections against predatory student loan companies * * * Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Commi  more

On Ric Edelman Show, Portman Highlights Bipartisan Bill to Help Americans Save More for Retirement
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In a recent podcast interview (https://www.edelmanfinancialengines.com/radio/july-20-2019/politicians-arent-paying-attention-to-the-social-security-crisis) with Ric Edelman, host of "The Ric Edelman Show," Senator Portman discussed his new, bipartisan Retirement Security & Savings Act (S. 1431), which he co-authored with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). Portman pointed out key provisions in the bill that will expa  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights Progress on Reducing U.S. Drug Overdoses
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - CDC Statistics Show Decline in Overall Deaths, Rise in Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine Deaths * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to provide an update on the ongoing crisis of drug addiction in the United States. Progress is being made in Ohio and nationwide in reducing overdose death rates due in part to some of his legislative priorities like his  more

Portman Applauds $9 Million Transportation Grant to Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding a $9 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The INFRA Grants program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation's highways and bridges. NOACA will use the funding to install a  more

Portman Introduces McIntosh, Callanan at Nomination Hearing to Serve at the Treasury Department
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced Brent McIntosh and Brian Callanan at their Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing to serve in senior roles at the Treasury Department. Senator Portman worked with Brent McIntosh during the George W. Bush administration. McIntosh has been nominated to be Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. Brian Callanan previously worked as Staff Direc  more

Portman Outlines Support for Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on High Prescription Drug Prices at Committee Markup
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks in support of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act during the Senate Finance Committee's markup of the bill. It is designed to help crack down on high prescription drug prices. In particular, Portman highlighted his support for the bill's provisions to lower out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors, end the practice of spread pricing in Medicaid, and his  more

Portman, Brown Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Targets Criminals Creating & Fueling Substance Abuse Crisis in Order to Control Victims * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to crack down on addiction-driven human trafficking. The Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act specifically addresses the use of drugs to facilitate human  more

Portman, Brown, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation Posthumously Promoting Lt. Col. Dick Cole to Col.
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today introduced legislation that calls for the posthumous promotion of Dayton, Ohio native Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Richard E. Cole. This bipartisan legislation also recognizes the accomplishments, sacrifices, and legacy of Lt. Col. Cole, the last of the living Doolittle Raiders until he passe  more

Portman, Stabenow, Joyce, Kaptur Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Renew, Expand Funding for the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Congressman David Joyce (R-OH), member of the House Great Lakes Task Force, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, today introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand funding for the Great La  more

Portman, Three Senators Highlight Findings of GAO Report Ahead of Finance Committee Hearing on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Following Request from Bipartisan Lawmakers, Independent Watchdog Reveals Increase of Abuse in Nursing Homes, Need for Improved Oversight * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), along with Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Fina  more

Recognizing the Service of Our Veterans
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) today praised House passage of the LEGION Act, a bipartisan bill that expands The American Legion membership criteria to all honorably discharged veterans who served during previously-unrecognized times of war since World War II. The LEGION Act (H.R. 1641) will ensure that all of America's veterans who defended our country during times of war will receive full access to bene  more

Rep Gibbs Applauds USDOT Grant For Cuyahoga River Project
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Gibbs praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) $9 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the Irishtown Bend Bulkhead Stabilization project to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). Gibbs advocated directly to Transportation Secretary Chao on behalf of the project, which will install steel sheeting as bulkheads to prevent erosion and collapse  more

Rep. Balderson Launches Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Helping Combat Opioid Abuse
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressmen Troy Balderson (R-OH) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), today introduced the Prescription Drug Monitoring Act (H.R. 3974), which makes improvements to drug monitoring programs in an effort to reduce opioid abuse. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Act would strengthen the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) by directing states that receive Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program funding to co  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 3877): "The Bipartisan Budget Act makes critical investments in education and job training, public health, veterans' healthcare, and assistance programs for vulnerable families, new moms, and children. "Moreover, the bill helps prevent another costly government shutdown, enhances our national security, and protects the full faith and credit of the United State  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on Raise the Wage Act
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement: The House Democratic majority passed historic legislation today to give tens of millions of Americans a raise by increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Following the vote on the Raise the Wage Act, H.R. 582, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) said: "I proudly voted today to provide a much-needed and meaningful pay raise to more than 27 million hardworking Americans, including 40 percent of my constituen  more

Rep. Bustos Stands With Workers and Retirees, Helps Pass the Butch Lewis Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019 - otherwise known as the Butch Lewis Act, named after Ohio union leader Butch Lewis. This legislation would keep pension promises made to workers during the course of their careers and guarantee that retirees will not face pension cuts. Specifically, the Pension Rehabilitation Administ  more

Rep. Chabot: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Working for Countless Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- 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 experts and small business owners about the benefits of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "When small business owners are using the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to reinvest in their companies, their employees, and their communities, the intended effect of that legislation is being realized  more

Rep. Davidson Issues Statement on Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (H.R. 397): "Ohio families affected by the multiemployer pension plan crisis deserve to be made whole by those who have reneged on their promises. "The legislation voted on today fails these suffering families and retirees. Not only is this legislation flawed, but the Democrat-led majority in the House refused to accept amendments. "This   more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Proposed Rule on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chair of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, issued the following statement regarding Trump administration's proposed rule to eliminate broad-based categorical eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: "The Administration's ill-conceived proposal will kick millions of people off SNAP--seniors, children, working families and the disabled. It is yet another attack on hungry   more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Agriculture subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations, issued the following statement on the release of the Trump administration's proposed rule to eliminate eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: "The Administration's ill-conceived proposal will kick millions of people off SNAP--seniors, children, working families and the disabled. It is yet another attack on hungry Americans  more

Rep. Fudge: Bipartisan Ohio Delegation Leads Bicameral Effort to Preserve Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Introduces bill to reauthorize and increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative * * * This week, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to introduce the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019. The group consisted of more than 50 Members of Congress, including the Ohio Delegation - Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Dave Joyce (OH-1  more

Rep. Gonzalez: Butch Lewis Bill Provides No Long-Term Solution To Pension Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Butch Lewis bill: "I am encouraged to see the House begin to take the Central States Pension Fund crisis seriously, but the legislation we voted on today does not fix structural problems, is not fiscally responsible solution, and will likely not be passed in the Senat  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Ex-Special Counsel Mueller's Congressional Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees: "As expected, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said nothing new today. There was certainly no "bombshell," despite the embarrassing attempts by Congressional Democrats and the mainstream media to create news designed to undermine President Trump. "If anything, these hearings served as a pointed reminder o  more

Rep. Johnson, House, Pass Legislation to Stop Robocalls Bill Includes Johnson's 'Tracing Back & Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act'
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act by a bipartisan vote of 429-3. Included in this legislation was H.R. 3434, the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act which Johnson introduced last month: H.R. 3375 would require all service providers to implement new technology to ensure caller-  more

Rep. Jordan: Committee Investigation Shows No Impropriety in Nuclear Energy Transfers to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Committee Investigation Shows No Impropriety in Nuclear Energy Transfers to Saudi Arabia Chairman Cummings and Oversight Democrats continue to pursue unsubstantiated, partisan investigations * * * Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a staff report   more

Rep. Joyce: Bipartisan Ohio Delegation Leads Bicameral Effort to Preserve Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019, legislation that would reauthorize the GLRI for another five years and increase authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by fiscal year 2026. The GLRI Act of 2019 (H.R. 4031) was introduced by 13 Senators and 40 Representatives, including Ohio's  more

Rep. Joyce: Problem Solvers Caucus Applauds Schneider on Passage of Resolution OpposingGlobal BDS Movement
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus praised the passage of the Caucus-endorsed H. Res. 246, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel. The Caucus' endorsement, spearheaded by Congressmen Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Steve Watkins (KS-02), united Democratic and Republican Caucus members behind the effort to denounce the boycott of Israe  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on $9 Million Federal Funds to Stabilize Cuyahoga River's Irishtown Bend
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, issued the following statement after it was announced that the Transportation Department will award $9 million in federal funds under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant program to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to stabilize the Cuyahoga River's Irishtown Bend: The federal funding comes in addition to a $3.5 million investment pledged by   more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on Budget Deal
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against the budget deal: Latta is an original cosponsor of H.J.Res. 22, a balanced budget amendment. "Washington doesn't have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Without spending reductions, I couldn't support a debt ceiling increase. "Government should have to balance its budget just like every family and business across this great country. "I will continue to fight for solutions that  more

Rep. Ryan Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Troy Balderson (R-OH) introduced a bipartisan bill to help improve prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and reduce opioid abuse. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Act (H.R. 3974) would push states to enhance their use of prescription drug monitoring programs, a powerful tool to prevent opioid abuse. To view the full bill click here (https://timryanforms.house.gov/components/r  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on Ex-Special Counsel Mueller Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees: "Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller refused to exonerate President Trump. "We heard that clearly and concisely from Robert Mueller, and no matter what the President tweets, that is the truth. "Today's hearing underscores one thing: we need to immediately start impeachment hearings. President Trump obstructed  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House passed the bipartisan budget agreement by a 284-149 vote: "This bipartisan budget agreement will advance our national security and invest in the health, financial security, and well-being of the American people. For years, I have worked to bring an end to sequestration and to give much-needed relief to important programs in Ohio and across the nation. "I am happy that my colleagues on the other side ha  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on Resolution Condemning President Trump's Comments
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding House passage of the resolution to condemn President Trump's comments: "Make no mistake, Trump's comments this past weekend were vile, disgusting and racist. "To tell four Congresswoman of color--American citizens and duly-elected representatives of their communities--to go back to the so-called countries where they came from is completely unacceptable and beneath the Office of the President of the United St  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on Vote to Repeal Cadillac Tax
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding House repeal of the Cadillac tax: The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 (H.R. 748) repeals the 40 percent excise tax on high value employer-sponsored health insurance. The tax provision was supposed to take effect in 2022. It applied to health insurance coverage with a value estimated to be above $11,200 for self-only coverage and $32,100 for family coverage. "The Cadillac Tax would have le  more

Rep. Ryan Praises House Passage of Butch Lewis Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Saving pensions of at least 1.3 million workers and retirees * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today praised House passage of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, (the Butch Lewis Act). This legislation addresses the nation's worsening multiemployer pension crisis and saves pensions of at least 1.3 million workers and retirees. The bill passed the House with a vote of 264-169. "Pensions a  more

Rep. Ryan Votes to Increase Federal Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Gradually increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 will raise wages for nearly 128,000 workers in OH-13 * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. According to an independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including 128,800 workers in Ohio's 1  more

Rep. Ryan: Bipartisan Ohio Delegation Leads Bicameral Effort to Preserve Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Introduces bill to reauthorize and increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative * * * This week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019, legislation that would reauthorize the GLRI for another five years and increase authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by fiscal year   more

Rep. Wenstrup Issues Statement on Defense Secretary Esper
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after Mark Esper was sworn in as the Secretary of Defense: "It has been my professional honor to get to know Secretary Esper during his tenure as Secretary of the Army. He is a man of great integrity and has a proven record of leadership. "Secretary Esper has dedicated his life's work to ensuring the American military continues to be the envy of the world. "I have no doubt he is the right person to serve as th  more

Rep. Wenstrup Supports Ending Illegal Robocalls
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) supported the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which reinforces the FCC's authority to detect, shut down, and fine offenders who send illegal robocalls. The bill also requires phone companies to authenticate phone calls and give consumers the ability to block robocalls at no additional cost. "Illegal robocalls are invasive, disruptive, and detract from critical c  more

Rep. Wenstrup Welcomes Rabbi Avtzon to U.S. Capitol to Deliver the Opening Prayer
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) welcomed Rabbi Gershon Avtzon to the U.S. Capitol to deliver the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rabbi Avtzon is the Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati. "Rabbi Avtzon is a leader in the Jewish community and his work is valued throughout Greater Cincinnati. I'm grateful that Rabbi Avtzon was able to be with us this afterno  more

Reps. Meadows, Davidson, Hice Submit Op-Ed on Debt-ceiling Budget Deal is Bad for President Trump, Bad for Country
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Reps. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Jody Hice, R-Georgia, issued the following op-ed on debt-ceiling budget deal is bad for the President Trump, bad for country, which was provided to USA Today: * * * - Mark Meadows, Jody Hice, Warren Davidson, and House Freedom Caucus Board - Opinion contributors * * * It is not compassionate to bankrupt America. Unfortunately with the potential passage of the new budget deal, that is the path our country is  more

Reps. Pallone, Walden, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Ranking Member Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by a 429-3 vote: "Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans' confidence in   more

Reps. Walden, Pallone, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by a 429-3 vote: "Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans' con  more

Reps. Welch, McKinley Introduce House Companion to Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: This afternoon, Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation identical to the bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in the Senate last week by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). "Energy efficiency is a practical, non-partisan idea that saves money, puts people to work, creates demand for American-made products, and improves the environ  more

Sen. Brown Announces $2.6 Million for Electric Buses in Central Ohio
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Pushed for Investment, Fought for Funds Going Toward Purchase * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2.6 million grant to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for the purchase of up to 11 zero-emission electric buses and two charging stations that will service Central Ohio residents. Brown pushed the Trump a  more

Sen. Brown Fighting to Lower Drug Costs in Key Senate Bill
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Working to Include Provisions to Increase Transparency for Pharmacy Middle-Men in Bill Expected to Pass Senate Committee This Week * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced amendments today to a key drug pricing bill that is expected to be voted out of the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow. Brown is pushing for the bill to include provisions to increase transparency for Pharmacy Ben  more

Sen. Brown Issues Opening Statement at Hearing on Export Controls
WASHINGTON, July 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 "Export Control Reform Implementation: Outside Perspectives": "Last year, Congress passed ECRA, the Export Control Reform Act to strengthen our country's ability to protect technology that's critical to our national security from being stolen by countries like China. We did that through creating a permanent sta  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Cannabis Banking
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives": "Thank you Chairman Crapo for holding this hearing, and welcome to our witnesses. Over the past several years, voters and legislatures in nearly every state have, to some degree, legalized or decriminalized cannabis. In my home state of Oh  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Challenges for Cannabis, Banking
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- 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 "Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives": "Over the past several years, voters and legislatures in nearly every state have, to some degree, legalized or decriminalized cannabis. In my home state of Ohio, medical cannabis is now legal, and dispensaries opened earlier this year. "The legal can  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Amazon Announcement to Open Facilities in Rossford, Akron
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on news that Amazon will be building fulfillment centers in Rossford and Akron, Ohio: The two facilities are expected to create an estimated 2,500 full-time jobs between the two facilities. Those full-time positions would qualify for Amazon's new $15 an hour wage. "I'm glad Amazon chose Rossford and Akron, but not surprised. Ohioans are the best at what they do. "I'm pleased the company has committed to paying s  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Equifax Settlement
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on Equifax's settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission for its 2017 data breach: Equifax will pay up to $700 million in fines and monetary relief to consumers who are harmed because of a data breach at the credit-reporting company. Equifax's data breach was one of the largest ever to threaten pri  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on House Passage of Raise the Wage Act
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after House passage of the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour: Brown is a cosponsor of the Senate Raise the Wage Act and is calling on Leader McConnell to immediately take up the legislation. "I applaud the House for taking this important step toward getting workers the wages they have earned. "All across the country, Americans are working harder than ever   more

Sen. Brown Secures Provisions to Lower Drug Costs in Key Senate Bill
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Secured Inclusion of Provisions that will Increase Transparency for Pharmacy Middle-Men in Bill, Ban Spread Pricing; Senate Finance Committee Passes Bill & Sends it to Floor Brown to Continue Fighting to Let Medicare Negotiate Drug Prices, End Big Pharma Price Gouging * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he secured the inclusion of key provisions in the drug pricing b  more

Sen. Brown Takes Action to Support Coal Miners Affected By Black Lung
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Joins Fellow Senators in Meeting With Coal Miners, Affected Family Members; Brown Helps Introduce Legislation to Help Miners Access Essential Benefits * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today took part in a discussion organized by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on ways to better support coal miners affected by Black Lung Disease. Following recent studies showing the worsening prevalence an  more

Sen. Brown: Bearing Witness at the Border
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: Last week, Connie and I traveled to El Paso, Texas, on our southern border, to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis. We met with children and families who are coming to our country to flee violence and persecution, seeking a better life. Talking with these families underscored the inhumanity and coldness of President Trump's family separation policy. But meeting with the volunteers gave us hope - these act  more

Sen. Brown: Bipartisan Ohio Delegation Leads Bicameral Effort to Preserve the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Introduces bill to reauthorize and increase funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative * * * This week, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019, legislation that would reauthorize the GLRI for another five years and increase authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by fiscal   more

Sen. Feinstein: Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on addiction-driven human trafficking. The Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act would specifically address the use of drugs   more

Sen. Feinstein: Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Addiction-Driven Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on addiction-driven human trafficking. The Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT  more

Sen. Kennedy and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Cut Costs of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the bipartisan Phair Relief Act on Wednesday to lower drug costs for seniors and improve financial certainty f  more

Sen. Portman Applauds Committee Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Approved Portman's Legislation to Help Policymakers Counter Deepfakes * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, announced that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) approved the Deepfake Report Act by a bipartisan voice vote. The bipartisan legi  more

Sen. Portman Backs Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on High Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Lowers Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries, Helps Address Rising Drug Prices & Saves Taxpayers More Than $100 Billion * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today joined members of both parties on the Senate Finance Committee in approving the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, bipartisan legislation to crack down on high prescription drug prices. During the committee's mark  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on $2.6 Million Transportation Grant to Central Ohio Transit Authority
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement applauding the Transportation Department for awarding a $2.6 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grant to the Central Ohio Transit Authority: The INFRA Grants program provides dedicated, discretionary funding for projects that address critical issues facing our nation's highways and bridges. COTA will use the funding to replace diesel buses in its fleet with electrical buses as well as the associated charg  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Senate Passage of 9/11 Victims Fund Compensation Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the 9/11 Victims Fund Compensation legislation: "Our brave first responders and their families deserve to know that we are there for them. "After 9/11, volunteers serving on search and rescue teams like Ohio Task Force One rushed into danger to help respond to this tragedy. "This legislation recognizes that they are heroes and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. "This measure is just o  more

Sens. Brown, Portman Recognize Career of Ohiohealth CEO Blom
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 22, recognizing the career and service of David P. Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth: BROWN: I rise today to recognize the career and service of David P. Blom, who will retire later this month after serving as the president and CEO of OhioHealth since 2002. Under David's leadership, OhioHealth has grown its legacy of providing h  more

Sens. Carper, Portman Issue Statement on Equifax Data Breach Settlement
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sens. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, ranking member and chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, issued the following joint statement on news that Equifax agreed to pay up to $700 million to settle consumer claims and federal and state investigations into its 2017 data breach that compromised sensitive information of more than 145 million consumers: In March, Senators Carper and Portman published a report detailing the repeated failur  more

Sens. Cruz, Portman, Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation Posthumously Promoting Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col. Dick Cole to Col.
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) today introduced legislation that calls for the posthumous promotion of native Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.) Richard E. Cole. This bipartisan legislation also recognizes the accomplishments, sacrifices, and legacy of Lt. Col. Cole, the last of the living Doolittle Raiders until he passed away  more

Sens. Markey, Brown, Rep. Scott Reintroduce Legislation to Help More Quickly Connect Justice-Involved Populations to Health Care Coverage
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: * * * - Nearly 85 percent of U.S. prisoners either have a prior or present substance use disorder or committed a crime related to substance use * * * Within the first two weeks of re-entry, individuals released from correctional facilities are 129 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general population. To help ensure that individuals can access the care they need, Senators Edward  more

Sens. Markey, Brown, Rep. Scott Reintroduce Legislation to Help More Quickly Connect Justice-Involved Populations to Health Care Coverage
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Nearly 85 percent of U.S. prisoners either have a prior or present substance use disorder or committed a crime related to substance use * * * Within the first two weeks of re-entry, individuals released from correctional facilities are 129 times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than the general population. To help ensure that individuals can access the care they need, Senators   more

Sens. Portman, Carper Issue Statement on Equifax Data Breach Settlement
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Tom Carper, D-Delaware, chairman and ranking member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, issued the following joint statement on news that Equifax agreed to pay up to $700 million to settle consumer claims and federal and state investigations into its 2017 data breach that compromised sensitive information of more than 145 million consumers: In March, Senators Portman and Carper published a report detailing the repeated failures   more

Sens. Warren, Paul, Rep. Rice Reintroduce Legislation to Ensure Better Access to Hearing Health Care Services
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Bill Tackles Outdated Medicare Rules Creating Barriers to Audiology Care * * * United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today announced they will introduce the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that ensures seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have access to a full range of hearing and balance hea  more

Strengthening Manufacturing USA: Balderson-Led Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson's (R-OH) bipartisan bill aimed at strengthening the United States' largest investment in advanced manufacturing - the Manufacturing USA Program - passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday. The American Manufacturing Leadership Act (H.R. 2397) builds on the success of the Manufacturing USA program in accelerating our nation's progress in advanced manufacturing. This legisl  more

Subcommittee Chairs Costa, Fudge, Vela and Plaskett Joint Statement on Administration's Second Round of Trade War Payments to Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following news release: The chairs of four House Agriculture Subcommittees issued a joint statement today in response to USDA's announcement of details on aid for farmers hurt by the Administration's trade war. Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Chairman Jim Costa of California; Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Chair Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio; General Farm Commodities  more

Udall, Heinrich, Brown Introduce Bill to Ensure Humane and Safe Conditions and Treatment for People in CBP Custody
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, 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.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced legislation to help ensure humane and safe conditions and treatment for people in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. The Humanitarian   more

Velazquez, Stivers, Hirono, Tillis, Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Help Close Patent Gap Faced by Women, Minorities
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation, the Inventor Diversity for Economic Advancement Act ("IDEA Act") of 2019. The IDEA Act is designed to help close the gap faced by women, minorities, and others when it comes to procuring patent rights in  more