Tuesday - September 22, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 82 items )  

After Ohio Veteran's Widow Waits 9 Months Reapplying for VA Benefits, Balderson Leads Legislation to Streamline Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) is leading legislation that would eliminate the need for surviving spouses or children of veterans rated totally-disabled at the time of death to reapply for certain benefits. "Surviving families of veterans suffer enough. The last thing they need is to fill out a lengthy, grueling pile of paperwork that proves itself emotionally taxing and unnecessarily bureaucratic," said  more

At Brown's Request, Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Toxic Exposure
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Requested Committee Hearing on Toxic Exposure, Continues to Push for Legislation to Help Ohio Veterans Harmed by Burn Pits; Burn Pit Exposure in Afghanistan, Iraq Linked to Serious Health Problems for Veterans * * * Today, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing, "Toxic Exposure: Examining the VA's Presumptive Disability Decision-Making Process" at the request of U.S. Senator Sh  more

At Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, Portman Highlights Need to Pass USMCA, Continue Combating Influx of Synthetic Opioids at Border
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year to strengthen our economy and support Ohio's farmers and manufacturers. He also discussed the importance of continuing our efforts to combat the influx of synthetic opioids and methamphetamine at the southern border. Excerpts of his   more

Brown Announces $480,000 to Purchase Fire Truck in Tuscarawas County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $50,000 Community Facilities grant to the city of Dover to purchase a new fire pumper truck. The USDA is also awarding a $430,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase the truck, bringing the total USDA funds available to $480,000. The fire pumper truck will help provide emergency fire and   more

Brown Announces More Than $100,000 to Improve Kelleys Island Land Field Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $101,079 to Village of Kelleys Island for upgrades to Kelleys Island Land Field Airport. These funds will go toward improving airport drainage. "Ohio airports are vital to supporting travel and commerce in the state," said Brown. "This investment will help to ensu  more

Brown Announces More Than $150,000 for Belmont County Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $155,700 to the Belmont County Regional Airport Authority and Belmont County Commissioners for runway reconstruction. "Ohio airports are vital to supporting travel and commerce in the state," said Brown. "This investment will help to ensure the safety of the Bel  more

Brown Announces More Than $2.8 Million to Improve Erie-Ottawa International Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $2,867,228 to Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority, Erie County, and Ottawa County for upgrades to Erie-Ottawa International Airport. These funds will go toward constructing the airport's taxiway and expanding the apron. "Ohio airports are vital to supporting tr  more

Brown Announces More Than $365,000 to Improve Toledo Executive Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $366,775 to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for upgrades to Toledo Executive Airport. These funds will go toward extending the airport's taxiway. "Ohio airports are vital to supporting travel and commerce in the state," said Brown. "This investment will hel  more

Brown Announces More Than $5 Million for Wayne County Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $5,030,110 to the Wayne County Commissioners and Wayne County Airport for taxiway construction and reconstruction. "The Wayne County Airport supports tourism and commerce in Wayne," Brown said, "This funding will improve the safety and efficiency of the airport   more

Brown Announces Nearly $135,000 to Purchase Tractor in Monroe County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $50,000 Community Facilities grant to Bethel Township to purchase a new tractor and boom mower to help Bethel Township ensure road safety for the township's residents. The USDA is also awarding an $84,500 Community Facilities loan to purchase the equipment, bringing the total USDA funds ava  more

Brown Announces Nearly $40,000 to Purchase Police Cruiser in Butler County
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $13,000 Community Facilities grant to Seven Mile to purchase a new police cruiser. The USDA is also awarding a $25,000 Community Facilities loan to purchase the car and equipment, bringing the total USDA funds available to $38,000. The police cruiser will provide the Village of Seven Mile  more

Brown Blasts Trump Administration Plan That Would Make Housing More Expensive for Working Families
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - President Trump's Housing Plan Makes Mortgages More Expensive, Harder to Get * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he pushes back on the Trump Administration's newly-released housing plan, which would make housing more expensive and harder to get for Ohioans. President Trump's housing plan would hurt working Ohioans across the state - from Ohioans renting and   more

Brown Demands Answers From CFPB on Why Funds Were Not Returned to Harmed Consumers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Director Kraninger fails to provide monetary relief to consumers who are ripped off by predatory companies * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - is demanding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger stop protecting bad actors at the expense of harmed consumers. In his letter,   more

Brown Introduces Legislation to Restore Servicemembers' Ability to Transfer Education Benefits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Pushes for Comprehensive Fix to Trump Administration's Unfair, Broken Policy * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) last week introduced legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents. Last summer, the Department of Defense issued a new policy that requires servicemembers to commit an additional four years of military serv  more

Brown Meets With Striking UAW Workers in Parma, Calls on GM to Honor the Dignity of Work
PARMA, OH, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited striking UAW workers in Parma as he pushes GM to agree to a bargaining agreement that honors the Dignity of Work. Autoworkers across Ohio and across the country went on strike this week, as they push GM for fair compensation and working conditions. "All workers have the right to stand up for fair wages, better working conditions, and increased investments for p  more

Brown Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Diaper Banks Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Resolution Helps Raise Awareness about Challenges Families Face Affording Diapers * * * Ahead of National Diaper Bank Awareness Week this week, the Senate recently passed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) resolution recognizing the importance of diaper banks and raising awareness about the challenges families face in affording diapers. Brown's resolution calls for continued support for diaper ban  more

Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Blast New Trump Administration Overtime Threshold That Will Deprive Millions of Workers Overtime Pay
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown took to the Senate Floor to blast the Trump administration following the news that it has finalized a rule that would set the salary threshold under which workers would be guaranteed overtime pay at $35,568, down from $47,476 set by the Obama Administration. "President Trump loves to say that he's on the side of workers, but if he really cared about these workers, he wouldn'  more

Brown Urges Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Take Away Food Assistance From Millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposed Rule Would Take Food from Children and Families, Undermines Bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill; Under New Rule, An Estimated 61,000 Ohio Households Would Lose Access to SNAP Program * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues this week in raising serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take   more

Brown Votes Against Anti-Worker Labor Secretary Nominee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Took to Senate Floor to Oppose Scalia Nomination * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown took to the Senate Floor yesterday to oppose the final confirmation vote of Eugene Scalia to serve as Labor Secretary. Sen. Brown warned that Scalia will continue to advocate for corporations and against workers as head of the Department of Labor, given his disturbing, anti-worker history. Brown voted against Scalia's  more

Brown, Capito, Van Hollen Introduce Resolution to Designate Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Full-Service Community Schools that Provide Integrated Student Supports have been shown to Improve Student * * * This week, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a resolution to designate the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as ``Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week''. "Community schools offer unique oppo  more

Brown, DeLauro in Washington Post: New NAFTA Should Benefit U.S. Workers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: In Case You Missed It, last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) penned a letter to the editor in response to the Washington Post's article entitled, "Democrats should give Trump a win on his trade deal with Mexico and Canada." In their response, Brown and DeLauro make it clear that any re-negotiated NAFTA deal should be centered on workers, which means strong, e  more

Brown, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Biogas Production, Help Create a New Market for Farmers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Will Encourage Investment in Anaerobic Digesters, Provide a New Market for Livestock Producers and Reduce Runoff * * * U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to encourage investment in biodigester systems, while establishing a market for farmers who already have a surplus of waste materials that can be used for biogas production.   more

Fort Report: Blocking and Tackling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: This week, I put out a tweet that read: "My advice to Congress: less drama, more work." The possibility of a vote on the impeachment of the President sent the media and DC into a frenzy. Here's another reality: Tomorrow Nebraska plays Ohio State. Most of the game will not be a big dramatic exercise. It will be blocking, tackling, and the basics of moving the football down the field. My main job in Washingto  more

Gonzalez Bill to Combat Deepfake Technology Passes Committee on Science, Space and Technology
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez's (R-OH) new bill to combat manipulated media content known as "deepfakes" passed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Wednesday. The bill, H.R. 4355, the Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act (IOGAN Act), was introduced last week alongside Reps. Jim Baird (R-IN), Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Katie Hill (D-CA) and  more

House Judiciary Committee Issues Testimony From Rep. Stivers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The House Judiciary Committee issued the following testimony by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, at a member day hearing: "I am here today to urge the committee to consider intellectual property legislation that will enable our country to continue to lead as an innovator and protect the work that powers our economic engine. "Over the history of our nation, our patent system was considered the "gold standard'. Our founding fathers knew that the key to our economic power and p  more

House Labor Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Signatory Wall & Ceiling Contractors Alliance
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Education and Labor subcommittee on Workforce Protections issued the following testimony by Matt Townsend, CEO of OCP Contractors and president of the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance, at a hearing entitled "Misclassification of Employees: Examining the Costs to Workers, Businesses, and the Economy": "My name is Matt Townsend. I am the majority owner and CEO of OCP Contractors, Inc., a construction contracting firm that employs approximately 500 men an  more

New Video Details Senator Portman's Work to End Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, which is chaired by Senator Portman, released a bipartisan report detailing the combined costs of the past three federal shutdowns. These three shutdowns, totaling 54 days of partial or full government closure, caused furloughed workers to lose a combined 56,938 years of productivity, and cost taxpayers at least $4 billion in back pay and other as  more

On Fox Business, Portman Highlights End Government Shutdowns Act & Discusses POTUS Release of Military Aid to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In an interview with Fox Business' Making Money with Charles Payne this afternoon, Senator Portman discussed his End Government Shutdowns Act, which would permanently prevent future shutdowns and keep the government open at existing funding levels. Last week, as Chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, he unveiled a new bipartisan report that documents the $4 billion cost to American taxpayers of   more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights Need for Senate Action to Protect Worker Pensions, Help More Americans Save for Retirement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks highlighting his legislative efforts to help more Americans save for retirement. The bipartisan Retirement Security & Savings Act, which Portman introduced with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), includes a broad set of reforms - 57 specific provisions - designed to help more Americans save for their retirement, including raising the age for r  more

Portman Announces Departure of Chief of Staff Mark Isakowitz; Names Kevin Smith as New Chief of Staff
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Also Names Emily Benavides as Communications Director * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that Chief of Staff Mark Isakowitz is departing to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector. Portman is naming Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Kevin Smith as his new Chief of Staff, and Deputy Communications Director Emily Benavides as his Communications Director. "Ma  more

Portman on Fox News: Democrats' Rush to Impeachment is
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: In an interview with Fox News' Fox News at Night with Shannon Bream last night, Senator Portman discussed his efforts to secure the release of the security assistance to Ukraine, including his call with President Trump to push for its release. He said President Trump was focused on the need for the international community, specifically Europeans, to join in supporting Ukraine, a point with which Portman agrees.   more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on Contract Dispute Between UAW, General Motors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the ongoing contract dispute between the United Automobile Workers and General Motors: "I stand in strong support with the UAW and the nearly 50,000 workers striking for better pay, better healthcare, and a better future for their families. "I call on General Motors to work with union leaders in good faith to end the strike, so that the hardworking men and women of the UAW can get back to doing what the  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on President Trump Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement: Following new reporting that President Trump repeatedly requested Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rival by leveraging foreign aid, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) said: "The president has time and time again lied to and mislead the American people, and the reports of his repeated pressure on the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival of a long-debunked cl  more

Rep. Beatty Leads Congressional Efforts to Address the Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), held a hearing to examine the state of the racial and gender wealth divide in America and to explore policy solutions to improve wealth building opportunities for women and minority Americans. "This hearing is centered around a critical mission of the Subcommittee," Beatty said.  more

Rep. Beatty: Ohio Democrats Urge Ohio Gov. DeWine to Reject Administration's Harmful SNAP Proposal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and Tim Ryan (OH-13) sent a letter this week calling on Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to reject the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to roll back Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If implemented, 61,000 Ohio households could lose their SNAP benefi  more

Rep. Chabot: SBIC Program Helps Bridge Equity Gap for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 government and private sector witnesses about the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. "From my state of Ohio to Florida, and from coast to coast, small businesses are participating in the SBA's programs to build, grow, and create jobs for   more

Rep. Cohen Questions Experts on Assault Weapons
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, issued the following news release: * * * - Supports ban on assault weapons and armor piercing ammunition * * * Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today questioned witnesses during a hearing on "Protecting America from Assault Weapons." Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of H.R. 1296, Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. See Congressman Cohen's full exchange with witnesses here (https://www.youtube.co  more

Rep. Davidson Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Aginst President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement following Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "Mob rule is no way to defend the republic. "Great leaders don't seek to overturn elections. "We should be working to solve problems like the spiraling costs of healthcare, securing our southern border, and passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "Instead, Democrats relentlessly target Presid  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility in SNAP
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 25, on the broad-based categorical eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Over 40 states and territories use Broad- Based Categorical Eligibility or Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (or BBCE) to streamline the administration of SNAP and provide critical assistance to households receiving benefits and services through the Temporary   more

Rep. Fudge, Del. Plaskett Issue Statement on Delayed Reports Due to Economic Research Service Staffing Issues
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following joint statement with Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research, on reports that the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service might delay number of reports due to staffing issues related to the agency's pending relocation: "The reports today confirm what we in Congress and the countless witnesses before our Committee have warned about all alo  more

Rep. Gonzalez Secures $5 Million Grant for Wayne County Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) announced a total of $5,030,110 in new grant funding awarded to Wayne County Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation under their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The grant money is designated for use to design and construct a full-length parallel taxiway at Wayne County Airport this fiscal year. "I am thri  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Sanitary Sewer System Installation in Hanoverton
SALEM, Ohio, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers signed a project partnership agreement with the Village of Hanoverton for the installation of a sanitary sewer system: "I was pleased to support the grant funding for this important project that has been long-sought after by local and county officials. "Thank you to the Pittsburgh District of the Army Corps of Engineers for their hard work to bring this project closer than ever   more

Rep. Jordan Issues Statement on Released of Transcript of President Trump Conversation With Ukrainian President Zelensky
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after the release of the declassified, unredacted transcript of President Trump's telephone conversation with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: "Speaker Pelosi and congressional Democrats rushed to judgment based solely on unsubstantiated, indirect, and anonymous allegations. "The transcript of the President's phone call shows   more

Rep. Jordan Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi Announcement Expressing Support for Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, expressing her support for impeachment: "Democrats have been trying to impeach the President since the beginning of this Congress. Michael Cohen's testimony was a bust. John Dean's testimony was a waste of time. "The Mueller report did not live up to the hype. Speaker Pe  more

Rep. Joyce Announces Federal Grants for Three OH-14 Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) announced that three local fire departments in Ohio's 14th District will receive over $263,202 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The fire departments receiving these funds are located in Chagrin Falls, Stow and Willoughby. Dave has been a longtime champion of the AFG program, having personally advoc  more

Rep. Joyce Named Co-Chair of Great Lakes Task Force
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) was elected by his colleagues as Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force. A bipartisan working group that aims to enhance the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes region, the Task Force is also Co-Chaired by Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Bill Huizenga (MI-2) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12). "A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, I have never been shy abo  more

Rep. Joyce Named Co-Chair of Great Lakes Task Force
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) was elected by his colleagues as Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force. A bipartisan working group that aims to enhance the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes region, the Task Force is also Co-Chaired by Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Bill Huizenga (MI-2) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12). "A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, I have never been shy about my s  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces St. Lawrence Seaway Renaming Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 24, introducing the St. Lawrence Seaway renaming bill: Today, our nation celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. On this anniversary, I am introducing legislation to add "Great Lakes" to the name of the Seaway. This new name, the "Great Lakes" Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation will now r  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Remarks at Press Conference on President Trump Withholding U.S. Aid to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, issued the following remarks at a House Ukraine Caucus press conference on President Trump's withholding of military and developmental aid to Ukraine and his reported effort to coerce Ukrainian leadership into helping him win reelection: "As Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, I thank you for being here. "The Ukraine Caucus called this press conference today to express our grave concerns   more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement as Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chair
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement in her capacity as Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus: Rep. Kaptur delivered an abbreviated version of this statement on the House floor Tuesday evening. "Like so many Americans, I'm disgusted by President Trump's repeated betrayal of American interests in favor of Vladimir Putin. "This President's efforts to coerce Ukrainian President Zelensky - an allied leader - into helping him win reelection by   more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Renaming Saint Lawrence Seaway Development to Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after she introduced legislation to rename the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development as the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development: The purpose of the legislation is to celebrate the Seaway's central role in promoting commerce, economic development, and national security not only in the Great Lakes region but across the entire United States. "Today, our nation celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the opening of th  more

Rep. Kaptur: Erie County Health Department Awarded $3.8 Million to Identify and Remove Lead Paint Hazards
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Erie County Health Department Health Commissioner Peter Schade announced today that the Erie County Health Department will be awarded $3,828,430.00. The funding will be awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes grant programs. The Erie County Health Department will use the funds to identify and re  more

Rep. Kaptur: Feds Award Kelleys Island Airport Over One-Hundred Thousand Dollars United States Capitol Dome and Flag
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Will Be Used to Improve Airport Drainage System * * * Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Kelleys Island Mayor Ron Ehrbar announced today that the Village of Kelleys Island Land Field Airport will be awarded $101,079.00. The funding was provided through the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grants. The airport will use the funding to install 2,000 feet of drainag  more

Rep. Latta Introduces Resolution to Uphold America's Energy Security
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: When Saudi Arabia's oil facilities were attacked earlier this month, the price of oil worldwide increased, including gas prices in Ohio. To Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), the attack only further illustrated the importance of robust domestic energy for national security, global stability, and consumer protection alike. Today, Latta introduced a resolution encouraging continued technological innova  more

Rep. Malinowski Introduces Legislation Permitting Retired First Responders to Buy Into Medicare
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) introduced the Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act, a bill to allow retired first responders--including police officers, firefighters, and EMTs--to buy into Medicare beginning at age 50. He was joined by lead original cosponsor Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48). Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio introduced the companion measure in the Senate.  more

Rep. Stivers Celebrates 20th Anniversary of American Association of Service Coordinators
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 19, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the American Association of Service Coordinators: I rise today on behalf of the people of Ohio's 15th Congressional District to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American Association of Service Coordinators. Service coordinators work in all U.S. states and territories, but Ohio is where they look to for training, a  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Announces $875,000 in Additional Federal Relief for GM Lordstown Workers
LORDSTOWN, Ohio, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $875,000 in additional funding for a National Dislocated Worker Grant awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The funding will allow for the continuation of reemployment services to workers affected by layoffs from the General Motors plant in Lordstown, as well as from four additional auto industry suppliers in Northeast Ohio. In August of 2018,  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Announces More Than $2.4 Million Dollars for Northeast Ohio Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced $2,404,749.20 in federal grant awards to over two dozen Northeast Ohio Fire Departments and the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association. This funding comes in the form of the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The $1,368,727.27 grant award sponsored by Champion T  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Votes to End Trump's Fake Border Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - House of Representatives Passes Senate Resolution * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted to end President Trump's fake national emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border. The declaration was made on February 15, 2019. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration canceled 127 military projects at home and abroad to divert $3.6 billion in appropriated funding to build a wall. In a bipartisan  more

Rep. Turner Issues Remarks at Hearing on Status of B61-12 Life Extension, W88 Alteration -370 Programs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Strategic Forces, issued the following remarks at a hearing entitled "Status of the B61-12 Life Extension and W88 Alteration -370 Programs": "I'd like to thank all the witnesses for being here today, you were here back in March and April. I appreciate you stopping in to give us this update. "The B61 and the W88 are both particularly important programs in our nation's nucl  more

Reps. Fudge, Kaptur, Beatty and Ryan Urge Ohio Gov. DeWine to Reject Administration's Harmful SNAP Proposal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), and Tim Ryan (OH-13) sent a letter today urging Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to reject the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to roll back Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The letter argues the proposal would impose hardship on over 61,000 Ohio househ  more

Reps. Gibbs, Joyce Press House, Senate Leadership: Repeal The Medical Device Tax
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Citing the impact on Ohio medical device manufacturers and patients who rely on them, Congressmen Bob Gibbs and Dave Joyce urged leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate to repeal the 2.3 percent tax on medical device tax revenue. Implementing the tax, which has been delayed for two years since January 2018, could negatively impact the important work performed by 500 Zimmer Biomet Ohioans and con  more

Reps. Joyce, Gibbs Call on House, Senate Leadership to Repeal Burdensome Medical Device Tax
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressmen Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Bob Gibbs (OH-07) urged leadership in both the House and the Senate to repeal the burdensome medical device tax. This tax, which was enacted as a revenue-raising provision intended to help finance Obamacare, applies to manufacturers and importers selling medical devices in the U.S. market. The current suspension of the medical device tax, which has been in effect in two  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $1.4 Million for Firefighters in Southeast Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- 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 $1,443,744 to three fire departments in Southeast Ohio for operations and safety, recruitment and retention, and hiring of firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Those awards include: * $335,500 to Old   more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $2.8 Million for Firefighters in Central Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- 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 $2,840,518 to seven fire departments in Central Ohio for operations and safety, vehicle acquisition, and hiring of firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Those awards include: - $1,611,886 to Jerome Tow  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $3.6 Million for Firefighters in Northeast Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- 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 $3,610,934 to thirteen fire departments in Northeast Ohio for operations and safety, a regional request, and hiring of firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Those awards include: - $1,051,073 to the Pa  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $5.6 Million for Firefighters in Southwest Ohio
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- 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 $5,650,556 to nine fire departments in Southwest Ohio for operations and safety and hiring of firefighters through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program. Those awards include: - $530,746 to Riverside Fire Department for hir  more

Sen. Brown Blasts New Trump Administration Overtime Threshold That Will Deprive Workers of Overtime Pay
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown Introduced Bill this Year to Expand Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers, Strengthen Overtime Protections * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today blasted the Trump administration following the news that it has finalized a rule that would set the salary threshold under which workers would be guaranteed overtime pay at $35,568, down from $47,476 set by the Obama Administration. According  more

Sen. Brown Introduces Bill to Eliminate the Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - In 2017, More Than 10,000 Americans Died While Waiting * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined with his colleague Senator Casey (D-PA) to introduce the Stop the Wait Act. After waiting months to qualify for coverage through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), individuals with disabilities are forced to wait another five months to get a disability check and another two years t  more

Sen. Brown Issues Opening Statement at Banking Committee Hearing on Faster Payments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- 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 "Facilitating Faster Payments in the U.S.": "Whether it's Facebook thinking it can run its own currency, or big banks wanting a monopoly over our payment system, we can't allow corporations to take over critical public infrastructure, so they can squeeze more profits out of working families. "Whether you punc  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Death of Cleveland Philanthropist Minter
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on the death of Cleveland philanthropist Steven Minter: "Connie and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Steven Minter. "From his decades-long work with the Cleveland Foundation to his time spent in federal, state and local government, Steven Minter career as a public servant and philanthropist are unmatched. "Connie and I extend our deepest condolences to the Minter family."  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Release of Whistleblower Complaint
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the whistleblower complaint against President Trump was made public: An intelligence community official filed the complaint, which alleges President Trump used the power of his office to try to get Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election to investigate a political rival "for personal gain." In addition, the whistleblower reported learning from multiple officials that senior White House aides intervened in  more

Sen. Portman Invites Students to Apply for Spring Session of Senate Page Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that his office is accepting applications to the U.S. Senate Page Program from now until November 15, 2019. Students who are a junior in high school will have an opportunity to apply to be part of the page program for the Spring 2020 session, which starts on January 27, 2020 and ends on June 5, 2020. The Senate Page Program provides a unique opportunity for high   more

Sen. Portman Issues Column: What Ohioans Told Me This Summer
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following column: At the end of each summer, Congress typically adjourns, letting me spend more time in Ohio instead of commuting back and forth to Washington every week. I love it because I get more time to travel the state and meet people in every corner of Ohio. This summer was no exception. I traveled over 4,000 miles in my pickup truck, and had 75 meetings with farmers, small business owners, factory workers, police officers, dru  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after House Democrats announced plans to open an impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "The American people want us to get things done for them rather than focus on more and more partisan investigations. "The Democrats' impeachment inquiry will distract Congress from the bipartisan legislative work we should be doing to find solutions and deliver results for the American people. "My focus will remain on  more

Senate Energy Committee Approves Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Will Help Create Jobs, Protect The Environment & Reduce Energy Bills for American Families * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has approved the bipartisan energy efficiency legislation he introduced with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC). The measur  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Portman-Hassan Bill Strengthening Public & Private Cybersecurity Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Legislation Would Bolster Cybersecurity at Local and Federal Level to Mitigate Impact of Cyberattacks * * * The United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to bolster cybersecurity in the public and private sector. The bipartisan Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act would  more

Sens. Portman, Van Hollen, Reps. Schweikert, Davis Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill will Expand Access to Higher Education for Individuals with Prior Felony Drug Convictions * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representatives David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Danny Davis (D-IL) announced new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address a systematic injustice within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC is the primary tax credit  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Portman, Merkley, Reps. Davis, Schweikert Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Fix AOTC Inequity
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) announced new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address a systematic injustice within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC is the primary tax credit available to students seeking a higher education; however, students wi  more

Small Business Committee Passes Four Bipartisan Bills to Support Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a markup of legislation to reauthorize Small Business Administration (SBA) Entrepreneurial Development programs that serve America's small business owners. All four bills passed through Committee by voice vote. "The Small Business Administration's Entrepreneurial Development programs provided vit  more

Tester, Blumenthal, Brown Introduce Legislation to Restore Servicemembers' Ability to Transfer Education Benefits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, 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 Department of Defense issued a new policy that requires servicemembers to  more

Washington Post Highlights Portman's STOP Act Law, Efforts to Combat Fentanyl
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following information: A new Washington Post story on the rise of fentanyl and the devastating impact it has had on American communities highlighted Senator Portman's legislative efforts to stop fentanyl from being shipped into the United States from China through the U.S. Postal Service. His STOP Act legislation that was signed into law last year. The full story can be viewed here and following are several excerpts: Portman introdu  more