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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 68 items )  

At Transportation Department, Portman Praises Award of Autonomous Driving Systems Grant to Ohio Researchers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks at a bipartisan press conference at the U.S. Department of Transportation with Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the federal grant awards to study autonomous driving systems (ADS), including $7.5 million for the state of Ohio and university groups. The ADS Demonstration grant will be allocated to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its con  more

Banking Committee Senators Urge CFPB to Protect Consumers' Access to Safe, Affordable Mortgages
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- 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 - led Senate Banking Committee Democrats in urging that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) maintain strong consumer protections and access to credit as it revises the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ability to Repay (ATR) rules under the Truth in Lending Act. The Dodd-Frank Act created   more

Beatty Announces $27 Million in New Scientific Funding for Central Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded The Ohio State University two multimillion-dollar grants to conduct next-generation scientific research and to increase opportunities to attract and train young science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including from underrepresented groups. A strong NSF supporter and longtime STEM champion, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-  more

Brown Announces More Than $285,000 for Firefighters in Jackson Township
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $287,670 to the Jackson Township Fire Department for the recruitment and retention of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown. "We must support our first-r  more

Brown Announces More Than $365,000 for Firefighters in Crosby Township
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $365,561 to the Crosby Township Fire Department for the hiring of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown. "We must support our first-responder organizatio  more

Brown Announces More Than $535,000 for Firefighters in Parma Heights
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $538,350 to the Parma Heights Fire Department for the hiring of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown. "We must support our first-responder organizations  more

Brown Announces Nearly $800,000 for Firefighters in Spring Valley Township
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $798,534 to the Spring Valley Township Fire Department for the hiring of firefighters through its Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. "Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families," said Brown. "We must support our first-responder orga  more

Brown Encourages Ohioans to Register for Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Summit in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Women's Leadership Summit to Take Place Sat. Oct. 5th at Huntington Convention Center; Sen. Tammy Duckworth to Join Connie Schultz for Featured Conversation at 2019 Summit * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with several northeast Ohio business and community partners, will host the fifth annual "Women's Leadership Summit: Asserting Your Power" at Huntington Convention Center in Clevela  more

Brown Introduces Bill to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use, Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2019 would establish first federal e-cigarette tax, increase tobacco tax rate & close tax loopholes * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2019, which would help reduce youth tobacco use by closing loopholes in the tax code that have long been exploited by the tobacco industry to avoid regulation and taxes for their products. Th  more

Brown Lays Down Marker for Fall Tax Legislation: 'No Tax Bill That Doesn't Put Money in the Pockets of Workers and Families'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Hosted Facebook Town Hall to Hear Parents and Workers' Stories, Discuss Working Families Tax Relief * * * Last night, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) laid down a marker as the Senate discusses potential tax legislation this Fall, saying Congress should not pass any tax legislation that does not put money in the pockets of working families. Brown made the pronouncement during a Facebook t  more

Brown Urges Goodyear to Do Right By Workers, Bring Jobs Back to U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator is Demanding Goodyear Improve Working Conditions, After Company Prevented Members of Congress from Touring Mexico Facility * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is urging Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to improve working conditions, after the company closed a U.S. factory, moved to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and prevented members of Congress from touring that same plant in July. In a lett  more

Brown Urges President to Help Rural Americans by Upholding the Intent of the Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Small Refinery Biofuel Waivers Are Benefiting Profitable Oil Companies at the Expense of Farmers, Rural Communities * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his Senate colleagues this week in writing a letter to President Donald Trump, strongly urging him to help rural Americans, and the environment, by rescinding the 31 recently approved small refinery exemptions (SRE) for biofuels. They als  more

Brown, Colleagues Urge CMS to Investigate Medicare Advantage Overbilling, Protect Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Care for Older Ohioans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown was Joined by Senators Stabenow, Klobuchar, Sanders, Blumenthal and Murphy in Pushing the Trump Administration to Strengthen Oversight of the Medicare Advantage Program, Improve Standard of Care * * * Last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led several of his colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars and conduct sufficient oversight of M  more

Brown, Ohioan Urge Action on Brown's Bill to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Joined By Ohioan Whose Daughter Was Charged More Than $3000 after Going to an Out-of-Network Provider for Emergency Care * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call today as he urged Congress to act on his bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills. There have been astounding examples reported in the media   more

Brown, Portman, Ryan, Johnson Encourage Ohio Students to Attend Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Expo Will Connect Area Students with Skilled Construction Trades, Provide Hands-On Activities * * * Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) along with U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) encouraged Mahoning Valley students to attend the inaugural Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo at the Canfield Fair Grounds next Thursday, September 26th. The  more

Cortez Masto, Rep. Horsford Introduce Legislation to Make Health Care More Affordable for Families
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Dependent Income Exclusion Act to make health insurance more affordable for families with children who have part-time jobs or are enrolled in job training programs. Specifically, this legislation would allow families to exclude specific dependent income when calculating their eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies. Senators Ja  more

GAO Issues Report on Awards to Mid-Sized Businesses
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal contracting opportunities for mid-sized businesses. The report (GAO-19-523) is titled "Federal Contracting: Awards to Mid-Sized Businesses and Options for Increasing Their Opportunities". The report was sent to Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, chairwoman, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, on Aug. 20. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the rep  more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Home Loan Banks Workforce Diversity
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Federal Home Loan Banks' implementation of diversity and inclusion matters in workforce and business activities. The report (GAO-19-589) is titled "Federal Home Loan Banks: Efforts to Promote Workforce, Supplier, and Broker-Dealer Diversity". The report was sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, chairwoman of the House Financial   more

Jordan, Meadows Urge Cummings to Invite DC Councilmember Jack Evans to Testify at DC Statehood Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 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 to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) urging him to invite DC Councilmember Jack Evans to testify on September 19 at the Committe  more

New Video Highlights Sen. Portman's Work in August Across Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following new: During the August state work period, Senator Portman traveled more than 4,000 miles and visited 39 different counties in Ohio, completing his goal of visiting all 88 Ohio counties during this term. He met with Ohioans and discussed a variety of issues, including strengthening the economy by expanding skills training, protecting and preserving our Great Lakes, combating the drug epidemic, helping farmers by passing USM  more

On CNBC, Portman Discusses 60 Minutes Report on His Fentanyl Investigation, China Trade Talks, USMCA, Tensions With Iran
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Senator Portman discussed the 60 Minutes report highlighting his investigation into the influx of fentanyl into the U.S. from China via our postal system. He also highlighted the importance of continuing discussions with China in order to secure a trade agreement between the two countries. He voiced optimism about the prospects of the House and Senate passing   more

On Fox Business, Portman Highlights New PSI Report on $4 Billion Cost of Recent Government Shutdowns, Need to Pass USMCA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with Fox Business' Varney & Company this morning, Senator Portman discussed his new bipartisan report he unveiled this morning as Chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that documents the $4 billion cost to American taxpayers of the last three government shutdowns and the impacts they had on the economy and core government functions. He also voiced optimism about the prospects of t  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Details Costs of Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Also Urged Congress to Pass His End Government Shutdowns Act * * * Today, on the Senate Floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the findings of a nine-month investigation by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which he chairs, detailing the real-world costs of the last three government shutdowns. Alongside Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Portman found that the combined   more

Portman, Brown, Johnson, Ryan Encourage Ohio Students to Attend Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Expo Will Connect Area Students with Skilled Construction Trades, Provide Hands-On Activities * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) along with U.S. Representatives Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) encouraged Mahoning Valley students to attend the inaugural Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo at the Canfield Fair Grounds next Thursday, September 26th. The expo w  more

Portman, Carper Demand Federal Agencies Explain Inability to Provide Basic Information on Government Shutdown Costs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - PSI Report Estimated Recent Shutdowns Cost Taxpayers Nearly $4 Billion, But the Cost is Likely Much Higher Due to the Inability of All Federal Agencies to Provide Complete Information * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, sent letters to nine federal departments and agencies seeking an expl  more

Portman, Carper: Bipartisan Report Shows Recent Government Shutdowns Cost Taxpayers Nearly $4 Billion, 56,938 Years of Lost Productivity
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), today unveiled a new bipartisan report that documents the cost to American taxpayers of the last three government shutdowns and the impacts they had on the economy and core government functions. The largest direct cost of these shutdowns is lost productivity, work not pe  more

Rep. Balderson: SBA Programs Spur Cutting-Edge Technology and Small Business Growth
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development, issued the following news release: Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development heard from small business owners about the benefits of the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Growth Accelerator Fund Competition programs. "Th  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 20, on the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act: Katherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson; most people know them as the "Hidden Figures." Well, I think it's safe to say they are "hidden figures" no longer. Thanks to them and many other women, we were able to reach for the stars and put a man on the moon. We honor the  more

Rep. Chabot Issues Statement on Solomon Islands Ending Diplomatic Relations with Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chairman emeritus of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee and founder and co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, issued the following statement on regarding the Solomon Islands' decision to end diplomatic relations with Taiwan: "I am disappointed to hear that the Solomon Islands and Taiwan will no longer be continuing their productive diplomatic partnership and I remain deeply concer  more

Rep. Chabot: 8(a) Program Provides Opportunities to Prospective Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- 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 small business contractors and experts on how the SBA's 8(a) program operates and potential improvements to increase program effectiveness. "The federal government, through the Small Business Act, recognizes that the opportunity for full participation in our free enterprise system by social  more

Rep. Davidson Recognized as Friend of Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) has been honored by National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having one of the strongest voting records in Washington, DC on supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. Davidson is one of only 17 House Members whose voting record during the 2018 Congressional Session earned the "Taxpayers' Friend Award." "I am honored to be recognized as a Friend of Taxpa  more

Rep. Davidson Votes Against Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) today voted against the Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R.4378), which would fund the government through November 21, 2019. "I voted no on continuing the broken status quo. "Rather than work together to hit the October 1st deadline to fund the government, Speaker Pelosi asked for a delay until Thanksgiving. "Bad news doesn't get better with time. "America is on a spe  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Death of Emily Clyburn
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on the death of Emily Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Emily Clyburn. My sincerest condolences to my dear friend and colleague Rep. Jim Clyburn, his family and the state of South Carolina as they heal from the loss of an amazing woman. "Emily was a lifelong champion of opportunity and civil rights who transformed the l  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Death of Minter
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the death of Steven A. Minter, executive in residence at the Levin College at Cleveland State University and retired president and executive director of the Cleveland Foundation: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and Cleveland community leader Steve Minter. I extend my sincere condolences to the Minter family and everyone throughout our community who knew and loved him. "Steve was a   more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on United Auto Workers Strike
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement in response to the United Auto Workers' strike resulting from stalled contract negotiations with General Motors: "I stand in solidarity with the nearly 50,000 GM workers across the country who walked off the job this week to demand a better workplace. "These workers stood by GM during some of their toughest times. It is time GM return the favor and stand by their workers. "The U.S. autoworkers on strike are   more

Rep. Gibbs Announces $2.8 Million FAA Grant for Knox County Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Bob Gibbs announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $2,842,060 to the Knox County Regional Airport for improvements and rehabilitation of the airport's runway. Congressman Gibbs released the following statement: "As Ohio's economy grows and expansion continues into Central Ohio's rural communities, easy access to assets such as airports makes those communities more attra  more

Rep. Gonzalez Bill to Combat Money Laundering, Drug and Human Trafficking Passes U.S. House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez's (R-Rocky River) first original bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous support. The bill, H.R. 2613, the Advancing Innovation (AI) to Assist Law Enforcement Act, works to ensure new and innovative technologies are available to law enforcement working to stop money laundering that supports criminal activity like opioid, fentanyl and human trafficking   more

Rep. Jordan: Connolly, Holmes Norton, and Other Democrats Block Testimony From DC Councilmember Jack Evans at Statehood Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, House Oversight Democrats blocked a Republican motion to subpoena DC Councilmember Jack Evans to testify at today's hearing on DC statehood. Evans, a long-time DC Councilmember and former Chairman of the Council's Finance Committee, is accused of using his official position for personal gain. H.R. 51, the Democrat bill for   more

Rep. Joyce: Bipartisan GLRI Act of 2019 Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's passage of their bill, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation 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

Rep. Kaptur Issues Floor Speech on Debate on Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following floor speech on a debate on a seven-week continuing resolution (H.R. 4378): This bill extends federal government funding through November 21, keeping the government open and avoiding another harmful government shutdown. The legislation passed the House on a vote of 301-123 and now moves to the Senate. "I would like to thank Chairwoman Lowey for her great leadership. It is with great reluctance that I rise in support of tod  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on General Motor Strike
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, issued the following statement after nearly 50,000 General Motors employees went on strike after contract negotiations between their union the United Auto Workers and GM stalled: "As the daughter of a UAW organizer, I know firsthand how important, and often difficult, these contract negotiations can be for our workers and their families. "The contract sets out everything from healthcare benefits to pensions   more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Whistleblower Complaint
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement: Today, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after reports of a whistleblower complaint filed by a member of the Intelligence Community, which is being withheld from Congress in violation of federal law, is said to involve Ukraine: "Today, press reports indicate that a U.S. intelligence officer's whistleblower complaint regarding Presid  more

Rep. Kaptur: Army Corps of Engineers Awards Lorain Breakwater Repair Contract
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District today announced a $2.1 million contract for repairs to the Lorain breakwater, located in Lake Erie in the Port of Lorain, Lorain County, Ohio. The contract was awarded on September 9, 2019 to Great Lakes Dock and Materials, LLC, from Muskegon, Michigan. Construction will start and be completed during 2020. "I am pleased   more

Rep. Kaptur: Bipartisan GLRI Act of 2019 Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Kaptur, Joyce legislation helps Ohio protect and preserve Lake Erie * * * Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and David Joyce (OH-14) applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's passage of their bill, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would reauthorize the GLRI for another five years and increase authorized  more

Rep. Kaptur: Parma Fire Department Awarded More Than $1 Million in Federal Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Will Be Used to Hire New Firefighters * * * Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), City of Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and Parma Fire Chief Mike Lasky today announced that the Parma Fire Department will be awarded $1,051,073.80. The funding was awarded through a competitive grant application through the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate F  more

Rep. Latta: DIY Abortion Isn't Supporting Women's Health
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today introduced the Support and Value Expectant (SAVE) Moms & Babies Act, legislation that addresses many of the concerns surrounding chemical abortion pills. The SAVE Moms & Babies Act would prevent labeling changes for already approved abortion drugs; prevent providers from dispensing these drugs remotely, by mail, or via tele-medicine; and prevent the Food and Dr  more

Rep. Ryan Joins UAW Workers During General Motors Strike in Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) union on strike at General Motors (GM) in Lordstown, Ohio. "I unequivocally stand in solidarity with UAW workers. They deserve better: fair wages, affordable health care, and a secure job. They've dedicated their entire lives to manufacturing award-winning cars and have always stood by GM, transforming it into the company that it is today. It's time fo  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Op-Ed In Recognition of National Obesity Care Week
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed in recognition of National Obesity Care Week: This week, we recognize National Obesity Care Week. This is an epidemic that impacts more than 90 million Americans. It's not a subject that's discussed often, but we should support those who are striving to overcome obesity. Much like mental illness, obesity often carries a stigma that prevents people from seeking help. We can break down those barriers if we confront thi  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Op-Ed on Providing Veterans With Tools to Heal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on providing veterans with tools to heal: When I put on my uniform to serve as a Brigadier General with the Ohio National Guard, I see firsthand the various challenges that other brave men and women encounter while protecting our nation. Time and time again, the invisible challenges of post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other mental illnesses impact my fellow servicemembers, and it is our duty as Members of Congress to   more

Rep. Tim Ryan Announces Over $1.2 Million Grant for Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a grant award of $1,291,240 for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The award will fund the rehabilitation of the runway lighting and reconstruction of the apron pavement and taxiway. "I proud to announce that this important federal funding is going to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. It's a critical investmen  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Votes to Restore Access to Justice for Millions of Consumers and Workers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - House passes the FAIR ACT - a bill to end forced arbitration agreements * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of legislation that restores access to the courts for millions of consumers and employees currently locked out by forced arbitration that often favors the company over the individual. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (the FAIR Act - H.R. 1423) prohibits the enforceme  more

Reps. Cummings, Connolly Block Metro Inspector General Testimony
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Jordan, Meadows ask Chairmen to reconsider their decision to deny IG testimony at Wednesday's hearing * * * 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 to Chai  more

Reps. Fudge, Panetta Introduce Public Service Loan Forgiveness Modernization Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Modernization Act, to simplify and modernize federal student loan forgiveness programs. Recent U.S. Government Accountability Office reports have found major deficiencies in the U.S. Department of Education's administration of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and  more

Reps. Joyce, Thompson's Portable Fuel Container Safety Act Passes House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 806, the Portable Fuel Container Safety Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Representative Mike Thompson (CA-05). The bill aims to reduce the number of Americans burned in accidents involving portable fuel containers by directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission to establish a standard requiring Flame Mitigation Devices lik  more

Reps. Wenstrup, Harder Introduce Bipartisan Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) and Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Families of Fallen Servicemembers Act, legislation that will allow the families of fallen and critically injured servicemembers to end their phone, cable, or internet contract without being financially penalized. "The families of our nation's servicemembers deserve support when tragedy strikes. This bill would  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Global Insurance Supervisory, Regulatory Forums
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a hearing entitled "Developments in Global Insurance Supervisory and Regulatory Forums": "Eleven years ago today, September 12, 2008, executives from AIG walked into the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to beg for a bailout. "Supervisors at the Office of Thrift supervision, whose leadership was so incompetent it doesn't exist anymore, failed  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on GM, United Automobile Workers Bargaining Agreement
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement: * * * - Senator: All Workers Have the Right to Stand Up for Fairer Compensation, Better Working Conditions and Increased Investments in Local Plants * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement urging GM and UAW to continue working toward a bargaining agreement that honors the Dignity of Work after GM autoworkers across the country went on strike today as they push GM for  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding reported human rights violations in Kashmir: "I am deeply concerned about reported human rights violations in Kashmir and am worried by the Indian government's heavy-handed tactics and its implications for other disputed territory in the region. "Working toward collective peace and stability, is  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on National Credit Union Association Vote to Increase Loan Rates, Fees
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the National Credit Union Association's vote to expand loan amounts and weaken underwriting requirements for payday alternative loans provided by federal credit unions. Board Member Todd Harper voted against the rule: Brown said: "NCUA Should make it easier, not harder for hardworking Americans to obtain safe and affordable loans and p  more

Sen. Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Urge GM to Honor the Dignity of Work
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator: All Workers Have the Right to Stand Up for Fairer Compensation, Better Working Conditions and Increased Investments in Local Plants * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) took to the Senate floor last night to urge GM and UAW to continue working together toward a bargaining agreement that honors the Dignity of Work after GM autoworkers across the country went on strike, as they push GM fo  more

Sen. Brown: Empowering Workers in the Face of Increased Automation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: As technology evolves, we need to make sure our workers are growing with it. Over the past month, I have traveled around Ohio meeting with workers, and talking to them about how we can empower workers and make sure they have a seat at the table, as technology changes the way many companies do business. No matter how technology changes, companies will still need human beings to oversee that technology - Ohio w  more

Sen. Brown: Stop Surprise Medical Billing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: Far too many Americans face out-of-control surprise medical bills, often for emergency care, despite the fact that they spend their hard-earned money on health insurance to protect them. Patients wake up from surgery, expecting to pay their standard co-pay, only to find out the anesthesiologist was out-of-network. A doctor sends a sample out for analysis, unaware that the pathology lab doesn't take the patient  more

Senate Banking Committee Senators Urge CFPB to Protect Consumers' Access to Safe, Affordable Mortgages
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, 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 - led Senate Banking Committee Democrats in urging that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) maintain strong consumer protections and access to credit as it revises the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ab  more

Sens. Warren, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Legislation Restoring Pell Grant Eligibility to Victims of Predatory For-Profit Colleges
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Warren, Colleagues Call for Pell Grant Eligibility to be Restored for Defrauded Students * * * Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Representative Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) as well as Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), and Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) reintroduced the Pell Grant Restora  more

Spurring Innovation: Balderson Leads Legislation Extending Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Through 2024
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to extend a program designed to support small business job creation by giving entrepreneurs opportunities to immerse themselves in intense learning. Created in 2014, the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition provides founders of early-stage companies with education, mentorship, financing, cohort-based training, and technical assista  more

Tester, Blumenthal, Brown Introduce Legislation to Restore Servicemembers' Ability to Transfer Education Benefits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. John Tester, D-Montana, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators push for comprehensive fix to Trump Administration's unfair, broken policy * * * U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), introduced legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents. Last summer, the Dep  more

To Honor Constitution Day, King Urges Library of Congress to Make Constitution Annotated Available to All Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - In letter with Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, King asks that Library of Congress make the more user-friendly digital version of the document Congress can access available to all Americans * * * In honor of Constitution Day, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to the Library of Congress, urging to make the Constitution Annotated easily available to al  more

What They're Saying About Portman's PSI Investigation on $4 Billion Cost of Recent Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Portman, Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and Ranking Member Senator Tom Carper released a new report that documents the cost to American taxpayers of the last three government shutdowns and the impacts they had on the economy and core government functions. The largest direct cost of these shutdowns is lost productivity, work not performed by furloughed federal employ  more