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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 41 items )  

Brown and Murray Lay Out Expectations for New CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Ombudsman Mr. Robert Cameron laying out guiding principles and expectations for the Student Loan Ombudsma  more

Brown, Meeks and Members of Congress Demand Bank Regulators Strengthen, Not Weaken Community Reinvestment Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, along with 27 members of Congress sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC demanding that the three banking agencies not issue a proposed   more

Congressional Taiwan Caucus Issues Statement on 108th National Day of Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following joint statement - with Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus - on the 108th National Day of Taiwan: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we send our best wishes to the people of Taiwan as they celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). "This year marks a special milestone in the close f  more

In Dayton, Portman Keynotes Oasis House 'Sweet Freedom' Event
DAYTON, Ohio, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Portman Highlights His Bipartisan Work to Help End Human Trafficking * * * Last night, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) gave the keynote address at the Oasis House 'Sweet Freedom' event. The Oasis House seeks to help women recover from trauma, abuse, and sexual exploitation through safe housing, access to healthcare services, life skills education, and community spiritual support. "I was honored to d  more

In Miamisburg, Sen. Portman Tours Brainerd Industries, Hosts Workforce Discussion
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Discusses Bipartisan Efforts to Improve Skills Training with Company Leadership & Local Stakeholders * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), toured Brainerd Industries, a powder coating and stamping manufacturer in Miamisburg. Following the tour, Portman met with the company's leadership and local stakeholders to discuss Career and Technical Education and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legisla  more

North Canton Vietnam Veteran Tells His Story in New Interview With Congressman Anthony Gonzalez
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) today released a new Thank-a-Vet Thursday (#TVT) video featuring U.S. Army Veteran Dennis Meeks from North Canton, who served his nation during the Vietnam War. The video is part of a longer interview that will be preserved in American history as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Dennis, a Lincoln High School graduate from Canton,  more

Portman Issues Column: We've Made Progress Treating Addiction, But There's Still More to Do
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following column: For far too long, prescription pain medication, heroin, and fentanyl have broken families apart and devastated communities in Ohio. In 2017, our opioid overdose death rate was almost three times the national average, with nearly a dozen Ohioans dying from these dangerous drugs every day surpassing car crashes as our state's number one killer. Since 2017, we've started to turn the tide against opioids. Last year, after  more

Portman Offers Spring 2020 Internship Program for Ohio Students
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced he is accepting applications for spring 2020 internship opportunities in his Washington, D.C. and state offices. "I began my career in public service as a congressional intern and know firsthand the benefits of offering college students an exciting introduction to Congress and the workings of a Senate office," said Portman. "I look forward to welcoming these stud  more

Rep. Chabot Issues Statement After Participating in SBA Roundtable on Opportunity Zones
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following statement after participating in a Small Business Administration roundtable on Opportunity Zones: "Included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones provide tremendous potential for small businesses to revitalize Main Streets across America. "Small businesses have a great capacity for promoting economic and social growth. "Ohio has been a great model of  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grants
MARIETTA, Ohio, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Appalachian Regional Commission announced a round of Partnership for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization grants: "I am thrilled to support this economic investment across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. "This funding will support projects designed to create jobs and spur economic opportunity by investing in broadband expansion, substance abuse recovery, manufacturing, tourism, and oth  more

Rep. Jordan: Cummings Violates Bipartisan Agreement Again to Issue Political Subpoena to ICE and USCIS
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- 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 Chip Roy (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-10-11-JDJ-CR-to-EEC-re-DHS-Subpoena.pdf) to Cha  more

Rep. Jordan: Cummings Violates Bipartisan Agreement to Issue Political Subpoena to White House in Democrats' So-Called Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - All Oversight Republicans ask Cummings to hold public business meeting to consider proposed subpoena * * * Last night, all Republican members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-10-03-COR-Members-to-EEC-re-Ukraine-Subpoenas.pdf) to   more

Rep. Joyce Applauds $3 Million Grant to University Hospitals for Creation of Pediatric Disaster Care Center
BAINBRIDGE, Ohio, Oct. 10 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for awarding Cleveland's University Hospitals (UH) $3 million to create a Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence. Led by UH's Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, this pilot project aims to help ensure the pediatric population receives consistent and reliable care during times of disasters and othe  more

Rep. Joyce Helps Secure Federal Agricultural Disaster Designation for Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake Counties
BAINBRIDGE, Ohio, Oct. 7 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Dave Joyce praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for announcing a primary agricultural disaster designation for Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake Counties. This designation, which follows a formal requestmade by Dave and the entire Ohio Congressional delegation, makes farmers in these counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), includ  more

Rep. Ryan Announces $836,332 Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant for Eastern Gateway Community College Training Center
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds will help at least 650 workers/trainees and 120 students * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced an $836,332 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant to Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC). The project will establish the Tri-State Gateway to Growth Training Center in Steubenville, OH to serve a 1  more

Rep. Ryan Demands Release of Erdogan Call Transcript in Light of Trump's Self-Admitted Conflict of Interest in Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Trump told Breitbart in 2015 that he has "a little conflict of interest" in Turkey * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today requested that the six House Committee Chairs investigating Trump urge the Administration to release the transcript of the call between President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a letter sent to the six Committee Chairs, Congressman Ryan further called for an in  more

Rep. Ryan Introduces Resolution That Recognizes National Nonviolence Week and Mahoning Valley Student Group
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation honors the work of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) in introducing House Resolution 611 which recognizes National Nonviolence Week. The resolution highlights the Sojourn to the Past Program which brings middle and high school students to the American Deep South and Washington, DC to learn about the Modern Civil Rights m  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Statement on U.S. Policy in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. policy in Syria: "Withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria abandons our allies and benefits only the Assad regime and its backers - Iran and Russia. "This move threatens to undercut the hard-won American victories against ISIS. "We cannot allow our national security and our partnerships in the region to be undermined and I encourage the Trump Administration to reverse this decision immediately."  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Statement on U.S. Policy in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. policy in Syria, following the launch of Turkish operations: "It is now clear that the presence of U.S. troops was a stabilizing force in Northern Syria. "Within two days of the withdrawal of U.S. troops, Turkish forces have read this decision as an invitation to launch offensive operations against our partners, the Kurdish forces. "This could increase the flow of refugees into neighboring coun  more

Rep. Turner Calls for Transparency in Pelosi's Secret Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) wrote (https://turner.house.gov/sites/turner.house.gov/files/TURNER%20Letter%20to%20Pelosi.pdf) yesterday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for transparency in the impeachment inquiry. The full text of the letter (https://turner.house.gov/sites/turner.house.gov/files/TURNER%20Letter%20to%20Pelosi.pdf): Dear Speaker Pelosi: During the impeachment proceedings against Presid  more

Rep. Wenstrup Issues Statement on Letter to House Democrats
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the White House letter to House Democrats on the process to begin impeachment: "This letter speaks to the concerns of many Americans as they witness House Democrats hurl themselves headlong into an erratic impeachment inquiry, ignoring both historical precedent and due process protections. "The refusal to even vote on an impeachment inquiry exposes the faulty foundations on which Democrats find themsel  more

Rep. Wenstrup Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Sanction Turkey Over Their Invasion of Northern Syria, Attacks on Kurds
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) announced he will be leading with more than twenty of his Republican colleagues in the House to introduce legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara's military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. This move follows similar efforts led by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in the Senate. "I served alongside the   more

Reps. Diaz-Balart, Sires, Connolly, Chabot Issue Statement on 108th National Day of Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, issued the following joint statement - with co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus - Reps. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, and Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, on the 108th National Day of Taiwan: "As co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we send our best wishes to the people of Taiwan as they celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan). "This year marks a special milestone in th  more

Reps. Jordan, Nunes Issue Statement on Conclusion of Ambassador Voker's Testimony
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, ranking Republican member of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, after the conclusion of Ambassador Kurt Volker's testimony: "The facts we learned today undercut the salacious narrative that Adam Schiff is using to sell his impeachment ambitions. "We hope the American people get   more

Reps. Ryan, Mucarsel-Powell Introduce Legislation to Invest in Social and Emotional Learning
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) introduced the Social and Emotional Learning for Families (SELF) Act (H.R. 4626). The bill authorizes a competitive grant program to increase the capacity of teachers and school leaders to work with families to develop and support the social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets of children. Studies have shown that schools implementing SEL pr  more

Schatz, Brown Warn Payments Providers Of Risks With Libra Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent letters to the CEOs of Visa, MasterCard, and Stripe to express deep concerns over Facebook's Libra Association and to urge potential member companies to proceed with caution until Facebook is able to provide real answers. PayPal le  more

Sen. Brown Hosts Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Summit in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 5 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Sen. Tammy Duckworth Joined Connie Schultz for Featured Conversation at 2019 Summit * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), along with several northeast Ohio partners, hosted the fifth annual "Women's Leadership Summit: Asserting Your Power" at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. The one-day program, hosted by Dee Perry, highlighted the good work women are doing in northeast Ohi  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement Calling on President Trump to Demand End to Turkish Military Action Against Kurds
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement calling on President Trump to stand with Kurdish allies and demand that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan end military action against Kurds in Syria: According to news reports, more than 100 have already been killed as Turkey enters its second day of a military offensive. "President Trump's chaotic approach to foreign policy has emboldened autocrats and betrays our Kurdish allies while threatening the   more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on Payment Providers Declining to Join Facebook's Libra Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on MasterCard, Visa and Stripe announcing that they will not join Facebook's Libra Association: "Large payment companies are wise to avoid legitimizing Facebook's private, global currency. "Facebook is too big and too powerful, and it is unconscionable for financial companies to aid it in monopolizing our economic infrastructure  more

Sen. Coons Leads Effort to Urge Administration to Discharge Outstanding Federal Student Loans for Permanently Disabled Americans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Angus King (I-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), along with U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), and Don Young (R-Alaska), continue to lead a bipartisan effort to urge the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Veteran  more

Sen. Feinstein Issues Statement After Former EPA Employees Called for Congressional Probe
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following statement after former Environmental Protection Agency employees called for a congressional probe into the agency's attacks on California: "Today, 593 former EPA officials sent a letter calling for a congressional investigation into whether agency leaders inappropriately threatened California. "I couldn't agree with these individuals more: Enforcement actions must be fair and impartial and should never be used as   more

Sen. Portman Applauds $1.2 Million Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant to Rural Action
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Grant Will Fund Construction of Trail System * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for awarding a $1.2 million POWER grant to Rural Action. POWER grants are a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coa  more

Sen. Portman Applauds $836,000 Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant to Eastern Gateway Community College
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Grant Will Fund Construction of New Job Training Center * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded an $836,332 Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant to Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, Ohio to construct the Tri-State Gateway Growth Training Center. POWER grants are a congressiona  more

Sen. Portman Applauds Nearly $1.5 Million Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant to Shawnee State to Combat Addiction
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Support Shawnee State's Lights Inclusive Program * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for awarding a nearly $1.5 million POWER grant to Shawnee State University. Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and  more

Sen. Portman Issues Remarks at Ohio Defense Forum
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following remarks at the 4th Annual Ohio Defense Forum hosted by the Dayton Development Coalition: The Ohio Defense Forum is a two-day event that brings together community and military leaders from across the state to share information on the latest Defense Department and Congressional actions and best practices for keeping Ohio defense communities and installations strong. The Ohio Defense Forum gives community leaders, elected off  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on Administration Proposal to Reform Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement: * * * - New Proposal Incorporates Concepts From Portman's Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of proposed changes to modernize and clarify the restrictive regulations for the Physician Self-Referral Law ("the Stark Law") and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, which have stifled uptick in p  more

Sen. Portman Joins Effort Urging Administration to Immediately Discharge Outstanding Federal Student Loans for Permanently Disabled Americans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Don Young (R-AK), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) continue to lead a bipartisan effort to urge the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, and the C  more

Sen. Portman Praises $24,500 Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant to Washington Electric Cooperative
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Be Used to Conduct Broadband Feasibility Study in Six Ohio Counties * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a $24,500 grant to Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WECI), a member-owned electric distribution cooperative that provides power to more than 10,000 Ohioans across the southeastern part of the state. Partnerships for O  more

Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee Chair Issues Statement on Payment Providers Declining to Join Facebook's Libra Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on MasterCard, Visa and Stripe announcing that they will not join Facebook's Libra Association "Large payment companies are wise to avoid legitimizing Facebook's private, global currency. "Facebook is too big and too powerful, and it is unconscionable for financial companies to aid it in monopolizing our economic infrastructure  more

Sens. Brown and Murray Lay Out Expectations For New CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Ombudsman Mr. Rober  more

Sens. Brown, Schatz Warn Payments Providers Of Risks With Libra Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent letters to the CEOs of Visa, MasterCard, and Stripe to express deep concerns over Facebook's Libra Association and to urge potential member compani  more