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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 66 items )  

At Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, Portman Voices Concern for Kurdish Allies
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) heard from State Department experts about the impact of Turkey's recent actions in Syria against our Kurdish allies. Portman voiced his concern for our Kurdish allies and U.S. diplomacy efforts moving forward. Excerpts of his questioning can be found below and a video can be found here: (https://youtu.be/lxUYda1O1xQ) Portman:  more

Brown and Waters Blast Regulators for Allowing More Risky Trading
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- 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 Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a sent a letter to heads of the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Commodity Futu  more

Brown, Portman Announce National Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Saturday, Encourage Ohioans to Participate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Encouraging Ohioans to Safely Dispose of Unused and Unwanted Prescription Medications this Saturday, Oct. 26 * * * Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. National Prescription Drug Take Bac  more

Cardin, Smith, Brown, Van Hollen, Kaine, Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Cardin, Colleagues File Amendment to Government Funding Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) - along with Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) - is making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal  more

Chairman Portman Issues Statement at Hearing on Review of E-Rulemaking Comment Systems
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, and permanent subcommittee on Investigations issued the following statement by Chairman Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at a joint hearing entitled "Review of E-Rulemaking Comment Systems": "Welcome everyone to a joint hearing of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and the Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee. PSI, the investigative committee, h  more

GAO Dismisses Protest by Team Wendy of Cleveland, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by Team Wendy of Cleveland, Ohio. According to the GAO, Team Wendy "challenges the actions of the U.S. Marine Corps in connection with contract No. M67854-17-D-1221, which was awarded to Gentex, Inc., of Simpson, Pennsylvania, to provide enhanced combat helmets (ECHs). The protester contends that the agency intends to award an improper sole-source contract to Gentex for a component o  more

GAO Issues Report on Local Update of Census Addresses Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of Local Update of Census Addresses program. The report (GAO-20-17) is titled "2020 Census: Actions Needed to Improve Census Bureau's Process for Working with Governments to Build Address List". The report was sent to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking  more

GAO Issues Report on Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant, Postpartum Women, Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. The report (GAO-20-40) is titled "Medicaid: Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, and Children". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey,   more

Murphy, Blumenthal, Baldwin, Brown Urge Trade Commission to Issue, Enforce 'Made in USA' Labeling Standards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use its existing statutory authority to issue and enforce Made in the USA labeling regulations. Although the FTC has the statutory authority to issue regulations, which would strengthen its enforcement efforts, it has not done so  more

Ranking Member Chabot Applauds Passage of Four Bipartisan Entrepreneurial Development Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted four bipartisan bills reported out of the Small Business Committee. Following passage of this legislation, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) said, "These bills ensure that small business owners across our country will continue to have access to valuable mentoring   more

Rep. Beatty Demands Data and Answers to Administration's Housing Overhaul Plans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: On October 22, 2019, the House Committee on Financial Services held a hearing, "The End of Affordable Housing? A Review of the Trump Administration's Plans to Change Housing Finance in America," to examine the White House's proposal to overhaul the country's housing finance system. Unveiled last month by the U.S. Department of Treasury and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Trump's plan wo  more

Rep. Beatty: $12.5 Million in New Funding to Strengthen Central Ohio Communities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that more than $12 million in federal grants were awarded to Ohio's Third Congressional District. Funds will be used to tackle the overprescribing of opioids, curb human trafficking, provide support services to at-risk children, and better address community safety concerns. Reacting to the announcements, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the f  more

Rep. Davidson on House Passing the Corporate Transparency Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today the House voted to pass HR 2513, the Corporate Transparency Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and cosponsored by Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY), is intended to prevent terrorists and criminals from using shell companies to hide their identities by collecting personal data of owners and investors of businesses with fewer than 20 employees. However, the bill comp  more

Rep. Davidson Praises American Diplomatic Victory in Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today the Trump administration announced that a permanent ceasefire agreement has been reached in Turkey. This good news comes after Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo negotiated a temporary ceasefire last week, following an outbreak of violence after the relocation of American troops out of the region. Following this news, President Trump announced he would lift sanctions previous  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Baltimore Mayor D'Alesandro
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III. "I extend my sincerest condolences to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the entire D'Alesandro family, and the Baltimore community during this time of great loss. "Mr. D'Alesandro will be remembered as a dedicated leader and public servant. He committed his life to uplifting th  more

Rep. Gianforte Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Require Public Auction of Wireless Spectrum
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Montana, issued the following news release: Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte today introduced the bipartisan Clearing Broad Airwaves for New Deployment (C-BAND) Act, H.R. 4855, with U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio). Their bill requires a public auction of C-Band spectrum in a manner that promotes competition  more

Rep. Gonzalez Advocates for Battlefield Cross Bill in VA Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) testified in front of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs today in support of the first bill he introduced as a member of Congress, H.R. 1424, the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act. The bill codifies protections for battlefield cross memorials in national cemeteries and is strongly suppor  more

Rep. Gonzalez: ICYMI - Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses JOBS Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, the Problem Solvers Caucus has officially endorsed the JOBS Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) in June of this year. The support of the 48-member bipartisan caucus highlights the strong bipartisan support for this pro-jobs legislation. "In backing this initiative, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus,  more

Rep. Horn Cosponsors Bipartisan Dyslexia Awareness Month Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) joins Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Co-Chairs Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), along with Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) to introduce a bipartisan resolution calling on Congress to support the designation of October 2019 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Congressmembers Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Larry Bucshon (D-Ind.), French Hill (R-Ark.), Stev  more

Rep. Johnson Submits Op-Ed on Providing Support Against Opioid Addiction Scourge
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on providing support against opioid addiction, which was provided to the Salem News: As a member of the Presidential Task Force on Opioids, I've witnessed firsthand President Trump's commitment to address and eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction. It's no secret that Ohio, particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, has been hit particularly hard by the opioid crisis. A year ago, the SUPPORT for Patients and Comm  more

Rep. Joyce, Sen. Portman Headline Opening Ceremony for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's New Boston Mill Visitor Center
PENINSULA, Ohio, Oct. 25 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) joined Senator Rob Portman and others in unveiling the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's (CVNP) new Boston Mill Visitor Center. The new center is the result of a public-private partnership where federal dollars leveraged private investment and the local community invested through generous donations. The project began in 2017, included renovating the main building that was  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces Neil Armstrong Test Facility Renaming
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 22, introducing the Neil Armstrong Test Facility renaming: Today I introduce bipartisan legislation to rename NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio in honor of Neil Armstrong. Plum Brook is part of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center and is home to unique world-class facilities that conduct critical and innovative ground tests for the international aero  more

Rep. Latta: One Year Later - SUPPORT Act Providing Tools to Combat Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Latta introduces two new bills to address drug epidemic * * * On the one year anniversary of President Trump signing H.R. 6, the SUPPORT Act, into law, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced two new pieces of legislation to address the opioid crisis. Legislation that Latta had previously authored, the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act, was included in H.R. 6. The  more

Rep. Palazzo Joins Dyselxia Caucus to Introduce Bipartisan Dyslexia Awareness Month Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: Today, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Co-Chairs Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on Congress to support the designation of October 2019 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Larry Bucshon (D-Ind.), French Hill (R-Ark.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Der  more

Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Grant to End Violence Against Women
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement of a nearly $5 million grant to the State of Ohio in order to combat violence against women. The grant, awarded by the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, empowers local communities to strengthen law enforcement and prosecution strategies and to enhance services available to survivors of these crimes. "It makes me sick that  more

Rep. Stivers Encourages Administration to Support Refugees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), together with sixteen of his colleagues, addressed serious concerns with the number of refugees worldwide and the United States' response in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Citing the nearly twenty million refugees, among which, ten million are children, Representative Stivers encouraged the State Department to continue the United States' longstanding commitmen  more

Rep. Westerman Introduces Bipartisan Dyslexia Awareness Month Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Today, Congressional Dyslexia Caucus Co-Chairs Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on Congress to support the designation of October 2019 as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. U.S. Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Larry Bucshon (D-Ind.), French Hill (R-Ark.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Derek  more

Reps. Fudge, Katko Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Low-Income Families Pay Drinking Water and Wastewater Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)and John Katko (NY-24) introduced the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Program Act of 2019 Wednesday to address rising water and wastewater rates across the country. The bill, introduced on Imagine a Day Without Water, directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish pilot programs to award grants to drinking water and wastewater utilities to assist lo  more

Reps. Gonzalez, Kaptur Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rename NASA Plum Brook Station After Neil Armstrong
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rename NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio in honor of Neil Armstrong. Plum Brook is part of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center and is home to unique world-class facilities that conduct critical and innovative ground tests for the international aerospace community. Plum Brook St  more

Reps. Gonzalez, Ryan, Underwood, Stivers Introduce Legislation to Combat Infant Mortality
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to combat infant mortality by investing in the Healthy Start for Infants Program. The Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 4801) reauthorizes appropriations for this program for five years at $135 million. For every 1,000 live births in the United States, n  more

Reps. Kaptur, Gonzalez Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rename NASA Plum Brook Station After Neil Armstrong
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rename NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio in honor of Neil Armstrong. Plum Brook is part of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center and is home to unique world-class facilities that conduct critical and innovative ground tests for the international aerospace community. Plum Brook Statio  more

Reps. Ryan, Gonzalez, Underwood, Stivers Introduce Legislation to Combat Infant Mortality
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - The Healthy Start Reauthorization Act provides $135 million to reduce infant mortality * * * Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to combat infant mortality by investing in the Healthy Start for Infants Program. The Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 4801) reauthorizes appropriations for   more

Schatz-Portman Bipartisan Legislation to Confront Rising Threat of Disinformation and Deepfakes Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) applauded the Senate passage of the Deepfake Report Act, bipartisan legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actually occur. "Fake c  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $570,000 for Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Aim to Improve Agricultural Training * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $570,327 grant to the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for hands-on training, farm viability, and land access s  more

Sen. Brown Announces Nearly $3 Million for Economic Growth in Oregon
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- 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 Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $2,700,000 grant to the city of Oregon to help attract new businesses to the region to expand Cedar Point Industrial Park. This grant, to be matched with $679,179 in local funds to bring total funds to $3,395,895, is expected to create 22 jobs, save 15 jobs, a  more

Sen. Brown Continues Fighting to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Brown, Colleagues File Amendment to Government Funding Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH.)--along with Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Tim Kaine (D-VA)--today continued fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who wen  more

Sen. Brown Hosts Student Veteran Roundtable in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown the Longest-Serving Senator from Ohio on Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion with student veterans at Cleveland State University's Veteran and Military Resource Center. Brown will take the student veterans' priorities back to Washington, where he sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "These roundtable  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing Data Ownership
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a hearing entitled "Data Ownership: Exploring Implications for Data Privacy Rights and Data Valuation": "This Committee has spent some time over the last several months discussing Facebook's poorly thought out plan to create a global currency. And the bottom line is that we know that Facebook can't be trusted with Americans' personal informati  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Consolidated Audit Trail
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following opening statement at a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Status of the Consolidated Audit Trail": "We are just shy of 200 days from the 10th anniversary of the 2010 flash crash. Although there hasn't been a market disruption of that magnitude since, our markets have become faster, more sophisticated, and more fragmented. In that time, ind  more

Sen. Brown Urges Department of Defense to Address Alarming Increase in National Guard Suicide Rate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - A Report Released Last Month Found the Suicide Mortality Rate for the National Guard Is Consistently Higher Than That of Active Duty and Reserve Members; Senator is also Pushing VA to Connect At-Risk Veteran Populations with Mental Health Care, and Streamline Suicide Data Collection * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, joined a bipartisan group  more

Sen. Brown Welcomes House Passage of Outsourcing Accountability Act, Urges Leader McConnell to Act to Hold Companies Accountable for Sending Jobs Overseas
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Require Publicly Traded Companies to Disclose Number of Employees by * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) today welcomed the House of Representatives' passage of the Outsourcing Accountability Act. The House passed this bill Friday afternoon and Brown urged Republican leadership to act rather than let this important legislation sit in Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's legislative graveya  more

Sen. Brown, Colleagues Condemn Administration for Ignoring Vietnam Veterans Suffering From Agent Orange
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Following damning documents, Senators and Veterans Service Organizations demand immediate action and 'no more excuses' for veterans seeking care and benefits for health conditions caused by exposure to toxic herbicides * * * This week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and colleagues on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committ  more

Sen. Brown: Banking Committee Democrats Demand Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Continue to Collect Mortgage Data in Order to Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with seven Senators are demanding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continue to collect all Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points added in the CFPB's 2015 final rule. HMDA data is one of the primary tools to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit acc  more

Sen. Brown: Protecting Ohioans With Preexisting Conditions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: This month, a new report revealed that two million Ohioans could lose health care if President Trump gets his way and the entire Affordable Care Act is overturned. That's what President Trump and his administration are pushing in a case a federal court heard this summer. If the court rules the way the president wants, the entire health care law could be gone. Nearly a third of working-age adults in Ohio have a   more

Sen. Cortez Masto Joins Letter Demanding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Continue Collecting Mortgage Data to Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and six senators to demand that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continue to collect all Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points added in the CFPB's 2015 final rule. In the years leading up to and during the financial crisis, regulators and Congress found that existing HMDA data was insufficient  more

Sen. Fischer to STRATCOM Commander Nominee Vice Admiral Richard at Nomination Hearing: You Have My Support
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: At today's Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), the chairman of the subcommittee on Strategic Forces, expressed her support for Vice Admiral Charles Richard, the nominee to serve as the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM). During the hearing, Senator Fischer and Admiral Richard discussed topics including supplemental systems called for in the  more

Sen. Portman Leads Efforts to Promote Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, Senator Portman has worked in a bipartisan manner on several key measures to set high-quality standards around emerging technology, including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. In fact, his bipartisan Deepfake Report Act passed the Senate last night to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of de  more

Sen. Portman Opening Statement at Bipartisan PSI Oversight Hearing on Abuse of Online Regulatory Comment Systems
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), delivered opening remarks at a bipartisan hearing entitled "Review of E-Rulemaking Comment Systems." In his remarks, he discussed PSI's new bipartisan report that documents abuses of the federal government's online regulatory comment systems and the government's lack of sufficient response to those abuses. Whe  more

Sen. Portman's Bipartisan Bill to Assess and Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes Passes the Senate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), as co-chair and co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, applauded the Senate passage of the Deepfake Report Act to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Portman led this legislation with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Gardne  more

Senate Publishes Executive Communications 2964 to 2983 from Executive Branch on Oct. 22
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate on Oct. 22 published 20 executive communications from the Executive Branch: EC-2964. A communication from the Director of the Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of a rule entitled "Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Ohio and West Virginia; Attainment Plans for the Steubenville, Ohio-West Virginia 2010 Sulfur Dioxide Nonattainment Area" (FRL No. 10001-26-Region 6) received during   more

Sens. Brown, Blumenthal, Baldwin, Murphy Urge Trade Commission to Issue, Enforce 'Made in USA' Labeling Standards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Companies that Labeled Foreign Products, Often Imported from China, as "Made In USA" Continue to Evade Monetary Penalties & Have Not been Required to Admit Fault; Senators Demand Stronger Enforcement of Standards to Better Protect American Manufacturers * * * U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT) are urging the Federal Trade Co  more

Sens. Brown, Booker Reintroduce Bill Aimed at Outsourcing Trend
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Targets Airline Industry, One of Worst Abusers of Subcontracted Labor * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced a bill that targets the harmful trend of companies outsourcing labor to contractors and temp workers rather than hiring direct employees, a problem that is particularly pervasive in the airline industry. The Airline Accountability Act would re  more

Sens. Brown, Burr, Stabenow, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Renew Healthy Start Program, Reduce Infant Mortality Rate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Program Works to Reduce Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes, Has Helped Reduce Infant Mortality Rate for Participants * * * U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Burr (R-NC), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Healthy Start program. Healthy Start aims to reduce the national infant mortality rate by identifying and supporting commu  more

Sens. Brown, Warren Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Protect Students From Predatory For-Profit Colleges
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Legislation Would End Taxpayer Subsidies to For-profit Colleges, Help Protect Students from Predatory Practices * * * U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation to protect students from the predatory practices of for-profit colleges by ending taxpayer subsidies to these schools. The Students Not Profits Act would also remove for-profit colleges as pa  more

Sens. Carper, Portman: Bipartisan Report Highlights Abuse of Online Regulatory Comment Systems
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), released a new bipartisan report that documents abuses of the federal government's online regulatory comment systems and the government's lack of sufficient response to those abuses. When the online comment system is not safeguarded from abuse, it limits   more

Sens. Feinstein, Reed Call for Investigation of Suspicious Trades
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to send a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Justice Department and FBI calling for an investigation of suspicious trades in futures and equities markets. Recent reporting has uncovered a series of lucrative trades that sugge  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Announce National Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Saturday, Encourage Ohioans to Participate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Encouraging Ohioans to Safely Dispose of Unused and Unwanted Prescription Medications this Saturday, Oct. 26 * * * Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs on "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. National Prescription Drug Take Back   more

Sens. Portman, Brown Introduce Resolution Marking 75th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The Warsaw Uprising was a heroic action by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army, to liberate Warsaw from German Nazi occupation. 75 years ago, after five years of German Nazi occupation, the Warsaw Uprising began on August 1, 1944 and reached a tragic  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Introduce Resolution Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The Warsaw Uprising was a heroic action by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army, to liberate Warsaw from German Nazi occupation. 75 years ago, after five years of German Nazi occupation, the Warsaw Uprising began on August 1, 1944 and reached a tragic c  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Horrific Attack in Dayton, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution condemning the horrific attack in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019 when a gunman took the lives of nine innocent people. The resolution also expresses support for all those impacted by the shooting and gratitude to the first responders whose quick actions saved countless lives. "The senseless and evil actions of one individ  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Horrific Attack in Dayton, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution condemning the horrific attack in Dayton, Ohio on August 4, 2019 when a gunman took the lives of nine innocent people. The resolution also expresses support for all those impacted by the shooting and gratitude to the first responders whose quick actions saved countless lives. "The senseless and evil actions of one individua  more

Sens. Portman, Brown, Braun, Casey Urge USTR to Prioritize Extension of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, ahead of the Global Steel Forum, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, asking him to prioritize reducing steel overcapacity. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) created the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity in 2016 the help promote diplomatic engagement   more

Sens. Portman, Carper: Bipartisan Report Highlights Abuse of Online Regulatory Comment Systems
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Holding Hearing Today to Hear From Federal Agencies on How to Improve Online Comment Process, Ensure Americans Have a Voice in Rulemaking Process * * * 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 released a new bipartisan report that documents abuses of the   more

Sens. Portman, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan FIGHT Fentanyl Act to Permanently Schedule Fentanyl-Related Substances
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced the bipartisan Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act to permanently schedule illicitly manufactured and deadly fentanyl. In February 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order to schedule fentanyl-related substances that has allowed federal law enforcement authoriti  more

Smith, Brown, Van Hollen, Kaine, Cardin, Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Smith, Colleagues File Amendment to Government Funding Legislation to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks * * * U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)--along with Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.)--is making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for   more

Van Hollen, Smith, Brown, Kaine, Cardin, Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. The Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provid  more