Saturday - September 26, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 87 items )  

At Committee Hearing, Portman Highlights Importance of U.S. Involvement in 5G Standard Setting, Expanding Broadband to Rural Areas
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today at the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the importance of ensuring that the United States is a leader in 5G technology and engaged in broadband standard setting so that we are on a level playing field with countries like China. He also discussed the importance of expanding broadband into rural areas so that small business are hav  more

Brown Bill to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate Passes Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Healthy Start Program Works to Reduce Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes, Has Helped Reduce Infant Mortality Rate for Participants * * * Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Healthy Start program. Healthy Start aims to reduce the national infan  more

Brown Bill to Reduce Sudden Infant Death Rates Passes Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) bipartisan legislation to tackle sudden and unexpected deaths that occur during infancy, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Brown's bill, the Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, builds on a 2014 law authored by Brown, the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Aw  more

Brown Hosts Roundtable in Youngstown as New Report Shows 2 Million Ohioans Could Lose Insurance If GOP Lawsuit Succeeds
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - New Reports Show if Trump Administration Lawsuit is Successful, Insurers Could Deny Coverage to Millions of Americans with Preexisting Condition, Causing them to Lose Insurance * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital as a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 53.9 million Americans and just under 2   more

Brown Hosts Roundtable With Central Ohio Mothers as He Leads Bipartisan Effort to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Healthy Start Program Works to Reduce Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes, Has Helped Reduce Infant Mortality Rate for Participants * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion with central Ohio mothers as he leads bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Healthy Start program. Healthy Start aims to reduce the national infant mortality rate by identifying and s  more

Brown Introduces Legislation to Fix Outdated Policies That Penalize Ohioans for Saving for Emergencies
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Current Law Restricts Savings, Harms Ohio Families * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he introduces legislation to update the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and allow Ohioans to save for emergencies without government penalties. SSI is a federal program that provides financial assistance for elderly, disabled, and blind Americans with low-incom  more

Brown Leads Democrats in Urging CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator is Urging CMS to Address Gaps in Key Data used to Inform Prevention * * * Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a group of Democrats in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Ver  more

Brown Secures $9 Million Increase in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding in Senate Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Brown has Long Fought to Protect and Expand GLRI Funding * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that he was able to secure an amendment to a Senate spending bill to increase funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) by $9 million, bringing the total funds to $310 million. Brown has long fought to secure full Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. GLRI is a  more

Brown Secures Critical Investments for Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant Institutions in Spending Package
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Go toward Centers of Excellence That Brown Helped Create as Part of the 2018 Farm Bill; Investment Will Support Agricultural Research at Historically Black Institutions Like Central State University * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced he secured a number of key priorities to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in a Senate spending package. The  more

Brown Secures Key Wins for Ohio in Senate Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced he helped secure several victories for Ohio in a spending package that passed the Senate. The package consists of four appropriations bills, including Agriculture Department appropriations; Interior Department appropriations; Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations. The House has already pas  more

Brown Secures Key Wins to Increase Public Safety in Senate Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Key Amendments will Help Better Protect Police Officers & Keep Ohioans Safe; Senator Led Efforts to Secure Funding for Bulletproof Vests for Local and State Law Enforcement * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that he helped secure important victories for Ohio to increase public safety and better protect Ohio law enforcement in a Senate appropriations package that passed today. The Hous  more

Brown Takes to Senate Floor to Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown joined his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Floor today to continue fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. Last week, the Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provide those workers, many of them low-wage, with back pay. The House of Representatives already passed bac  more

Brown, Portman Introduce Resolution Honoring the Life, Work, Legacy of Toni Morrison
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Morrison, a Lorain, Ohio Native, Passed away in August * * * Last night, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced a resolution to honor the life, work, and legacy of Toni Morrison, one of America's most formidable scholars, educators, and authors. For more than five decades, Morrison, a Lorain, OH native, captivated audiences, sharing stories through the African American   more

Brown, Portman Resolution Honoring the Life, Work, and Legacy of Toni Morrison Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Morrison, a Lorain, Ohio Native, Passed away in August * * * Last night, just ahead of National Author's Day, the Senate passed a resolution U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced to honor the life, work, and legacy of Toni Morrison, one of America's most formidable scholars, educators, and authors. For more than five decades, Morrison, a Lorain, OH native, captivated au  more

Brown, Wyden Letter Spurs Action by CBP to Investigate Imported Cocoa Produced With Child Labor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Letter Followed Washington Post Article Detailing How Chocolate Companies Continue to Exploit Children - Large Chocolate Companies Promised to Eradicate Child Labor in Cocoa Production by 2005 * * * In Case You Missed It, the Washington Post reported this week that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is investigating reports of child labor in the production of cocoa imported to the U.S. by larg  more

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- 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 thirty one other Senate Democrats in demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments unde  more

Crain's Cleveland Business Highlights Portman's Bipartisan JOBS Act to Close Skills Gap
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In a recent editorial, Crain's Cleveland Business highlights how Senator Portman has taken the lead to address the skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation to make high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Portman is working to pa  more

GAO Issues Report on Agencies IT Workforce Planning Practices
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on government-wide review of information technology workforce planning. The report (GAO-20-129) is titled "Information Technology: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Key Workforce Planning Activities". 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 member o  more

GAO Issues Report on DOE Payments in Lieu of Taxes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's payments in lieu of taxes. The report (GAO-20-122) is titled "Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Revisions to DOE Order Could Provide Better Assurance That Payments Meet Goals". The report was sent to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohi  more

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Assistance to Central America
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the projects the U.S. government has implemented from fiscal years 2013 through 2018 to support the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America's objectives in the Northern Triangle. The report (GAO-19-590) is titled "U.S. Assistance to Central America: Department of State Should Establish a Comprehensive Plan to Assess Progress toward Prosperity, Governance, and Security". The report was sent to Rep. Eliot E  more

Gonzalez Introduces Bill to Name North Canton Post Office After Northeast Ohio Marine Who Lost Her Life While Serving in Iraq
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) introduced a bill this week to name the newly opened North Canton post office after Northeast Ohio Marine Lance Corporal Stacy 'Annie' Dryden, who died in 2008 while serving our country in Iraq. This post office would be one of only six across the United States to bear the name of a female veteran and the first in the state of Ohio. "Reopening North Cant  more

House Passes Rep. Joyce Bill to Battle Nursing Shortage, Reauthorize Nursing Workforce Development Programs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Dave Joyce's (OH-14) H.R. 728, Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. Introduced in January 2019 by Dave and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), who are both Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nursing Caucus, this bipartisan legislation would reauthorize programs and grants that support the recruitment and retention of professionals for our n  more

On Senate Floor, Brown Fights to Include Critical Investment for Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant Institutions in Spending Package
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Go toward Centers of Excellence That Brown Helped Create as Part of the 2018 Farm Bill - Investment Will Support Agricultural Research at Historically Black Institutions Like Central State University * * * On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) demanded his amendment to provide a $5 million investment for research at Historically Black 1890 Land-Grant institutions b  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights Need to Close the Skills Gap, Urges Colleagues to Pass His Bipartisan JOBS Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today on the Senate floor, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) highlighted the need to continue to build on the economic progress we've made by improving skills training and addressing the shortage of skilled workers to fill the new jobs available today. As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen work skills programs and help Ohioans find meaningf  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Highlights Progress on Combating Opioid Crisis, Need to Address Rising Meth, Cocaine Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) delivered remarks on the Senate floor to provide an update on the ongoing crisis of drug addiction in the United States. While some progress is being made in Ohio and nationwide in reducing overdose death rates due in part to some of his legislative priorities like his Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), the 21st Century CURES Act, and the STOP Act, overdose deat  more

Portman Announces Support for Bipartisan END ALL Hazing Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced his support for the Educational Notification and Disclosure of Actions risking Loss of Life by Hazing Act (END ALL Hazing Act) a bipartisan bill championed by Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) to provide parents and prospective students with better information about universities' histories of hazing in an effort to eliminate hazing nationwide  more

Portman Op-Ed in Cincinnati Enquirer: One Year on From Tree of Life, We Must Ensure Our Houses of Worship are Safe
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In the Cincinnati Enquirer, Senator Portman wrote an op-ed about his efforts to protect faith-based and nonprofit organizations from security threats and terrorist acts. In August, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Portman hosted an Ohio Faith-Based Security Conference with federal and state security experts and local faith-based and nonprofit groups to discuss best practices for how to prepare,  more

Portman Secures $9 Million Funding Increase for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Senate-Passed FY 2020 Funding Measure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, announced that he successfully secured an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for in the Senate-passed FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies funding bill. The funding, which represents a $9 million incr  more

Portman Talks Trade: Highlights the Importance of Passing USMCA, Creating Level Playing Field With China
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: In a new interview with Brookings Institution's David Dollar on his "Dollar & Sense" podcast, Senator Portman discussed the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement this year and U.S. trade relations with China and the ongoing negotiations between the two countries. Portman, who delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting the economic benefits of USMCA last week, highlighted ho  more

Portman, Brown Applaud Senate Confirmation of David DeVillers for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applaud the confirmation of David DeVillers to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio has three office locations in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, and handles federal cases that arise in the 48 southern counties in Ohio. "David DeVillers has the unique qualifications tha  more

Portman, Brown Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning Horrific Attack in Dayton, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last night, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised the Senate for passing their bipartisan 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. "Toda  more

Portman, Peters Secure $9 Million Increase in Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Measure Passed by Senate Now Includes $310 Million for GLRI as Part of FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies * * * U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that they successfully secured an additional $9 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Senat  more

President Trump Nominee to be U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Ohio Confirmed
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of an individual for a position in the Trump Administration on Oct. 28: David M. DeVillers, of Ohio, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio for the term of four years.  more

Rep. Balderson Applauds House Passage of Bill Promoting Palliative Care Education and Research
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of bipartisan legislation he cosponsored that seeks to promote education and research of hospice and palliative care. "More important than their treatment of the symptoms and stresses patients experience as a result of serious illnesses, palliative care professionals help maintain patients' dignity, regardless of lif  more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on $16 Million HHS Funding for Franklin County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the Health and Human Services Department awarded more than $12 million for Head Start and Early Head Start programs and nearly $4 million to improve drug prevention efforts in Franklin County: "As a strong supporter of comprehensive early childhood education, I continue to work tirelessly to make sure every child--no matter where they live--can obtain a high-quality education that prepares them for success   more

Rep. Beatty Issues Statement on House Passage of Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following statement on the passage of a resolution (H.Res. 660) establishing the procedures for the House to continue its investigation of impeachable offenses by President Trump: "No person, even the president, is above the law. "That is why I voted in favor of the impeachment inquiry resolution. "The American people deserve to know the full truth, and this vote will ensure just that."  more

Rep. Chabot Submits Op-Ed on Opportunity Zones Spur Investment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, issued the following op-ed on opportunity zones spur investment, which was provided to the Cincinnati Enquirer: As the ranking member of the House Committee on Small Business, I hear time and time again from small business owners who become entrepreneurs to achieve the American Dream. However, their continued success can create ripples far beyond their individual lives. When their businesses hire or expand facilities, they create jobs and drive   more

Rep. Chabot: Small Businesses in Clean Energy Signal Need for Workforce Development
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- 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 Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development heard from industry experts about workforce demands generated by rapidly expanding clean energy sectors. "The clean energy sector offers opportunities that are exceedingly rare in our economy: jobs with low educational entry barriers and high yielded   more

Rep. Chabot: Small Outdoor Recreation Businesses Call for Expanded Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House Committee on Small Business heard from small business owners and experts about infrastructure needs in the outdoor recreation industry. "Enjoying the outdoors is one of the nation's most cherished hobbies. From small children running in backyards to retirees motoring across the country in RVs, Americans love outdoor recreation,"   more

Rep. Davidson on the Death of ISIS Leader
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the President announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi during an army special forces operation in Northern Syria. This important military victory significantly weakens ISIS, which has already suffered the loss of its caliphate in the Levant. Upon hearing this good news, former Army Ranger Representative Warren Davidson (R-OH) said: "I commend our soldiers for their bravery. Thanks  more

Rep. Fudge Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Rep. Conyers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the death of ex-Rep. Congressman John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan: "The passing of former Congressman John Conyers leaves me with a heavy heart. My sincere condolences to the Conyers family and the city of Detroit during this time of sorrow. "The entire nation mourns the loss of our esteemed colleague and former Dean of the House, whose insightful leadership and unyielding dedication to public service re  more

Rep. Gonzalez Battlefield Cross Bill Passes VA Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: H.R. 1424, the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs this week with unanimous support. The bill, which marked the first bill introduced by Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River), codifies protections for battlefield cross memorials in national cemeteries and is strongly supported by the Northeast Ohio veteran community. C  more

Rep. Gonzalez Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding his vote on the impeachment inquiry: "Today, I voted NO on the impeachment inquiry. The impeachment of any president is as serious as anything we can vote on as a member of Congress because it represents a fundamental break in the system of self-government that defines our nation. "At a minimum, impeachment requires a fair and open process that affords due process and transparency to the President an  more

Rep. Gonzalez Issues Statement on NCAA Vote to Support Name, Image, Likeness Regulations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the National Collegiate Athletic Association board's vote to support name, image and likeness opportunities for college athletes: "I am encouraged to see the NCAA come to the table on this issue and begin work to allow student athletes to capitalize on their name, image and likeness. "I look forward to continuing to work alongside coaches, players, universities and the NCAA to ensure there is one consistent  more

Rep. Gonzalez Leads Letter to President Asking for Support to Address Pension Crisis
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Anthony Gonzalez (R-Rocky River) led a letter with 10 of his colleagues to President Trump on Friday asking for his engagement and support in finding a solution to the multiemployer pension crisis. This looming threat impacts more than 4,000 people in Ohio's 16th District and numerous large and small businesses throughout Ohio. "Congress and the White House need to act this Congress to f  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against the House Democrats impeachment inquiry vote: "This political show-boat resolution does nothing to undo the previous five weeks of secretive meetings, selective leaks, and Soviet-style inquisition from Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and their cronies," "The American people are catching on to what's been happening behind closed doors in the Capitol basement. "Democrats aren't interested in due pro  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement on Introduction of CONNECT for Health Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after he introduced the CONNECT for Health Act: Today, along with Representative Mike Thompson of California, Bill Johnson introduced the CONNECT for Health Act of 2019. This legislation focuses on expanding telehealth services in order to promote a higher quality of healthcare for patients, increase access to healthcare services - especially for people living in rural areas - and, importantly, save precious Medica  more

Rep. Jordan Issues Statement on House Democrats' Vote to Move With Undoing Results of 2016 Presidential Election
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after the House Democrats' vote to move with undoing the results of the 2016 presidential election: "Democrats have been trying to impeach the President since day one of this Congress. "Now, a year before the next election, Democrats are moving to undo the will of the American people. "Americans will see through the Democrats' desper  more

Rep. Joyce Announces $125,000 Federal Grant to Help Northeast Ohio Tackle Addiction
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) announced that Ohio's 14th Congressional District will receive $125,000 from the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program to help Northeast Ohio battle the scourge of addiction in its local communities. This funding was specifically awarded to the Community Awareness and Prevention Association (CAPA). Founded in 1989 to prevent and intervene in drug and alcohol abuse in t  more

Rep. Joyce Honors Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker in Speech on House Floor
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life and service of Sergeant Thomas Cole Walker of Conneaut, Ohio who was tragically killed on October 20, 2019 in a training accident at Fort Stewart. To watch Dave's speech, click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qErQkiOMLhM&feature=youtu.be). To read the full transcript of his speech, click her  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the impeachment resolution (H.Res. 660): "As a former prosecutor who firmly believes in due process, I cannot condone an inquiry that began before receiving bipartisan approval from the entire House, has been conducted without a shred of transparency and has allowed a single political party to play the role of judge, jury and executioner. "While Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continue to focus on this  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement Calling on Energy Secretary Perry to Comply With Congressional Subpoenas
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, issued the following floor statement calling on Energy Secretary Rick Perry to comply with congressional subpoenas: "I rise to express deep concern about the timing of Secretary Rick Perry's resignation and his simultaneous refusal to provide key information on his many trips to Ukraine, more than any other cabinet member. He has played a central role in U.S.-Ukraine   more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Agreement Between United Auto Workers, General Motors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, co-chair of the House Auto Caucus, issued the following statement after General Motors and United Auto Workers agreed on a negotiated contract, ending a 40-day strike by nearly 50,000 GM employees: "Through collective bargaining, the United Auto Workers and General Motors have reached an agreement that workers and management can move forward with. "General Motors' U.S. production anchors tens of thousands of middle-class jobs and billions of d  more

Rep. Kaptur Issues Statement on Impeachment Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the impeachment resolution: "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution providing a clear path forward on the public-facing phase of the House impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. The passage of this resolution will allow the American people to view public-hearings and discover firsthand the abuses of power carried out by President Trump and his Administ  more

Rep. Latta Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after voting against the impeachment inquiry resolution (H.Res. 660): The resolution passed the House despite no Republican voting in favor and receiving bipartisan opposition. "Today's vote was simply a tool for House Democrats to say they are now running a legitimate impeachment inquiry, even though they are conducting nothing of the sort. Americans rightly believe in due process, in having access to legal co  more

Rep. Ryan Announces $250,000 in Drug-Free Community Grants Aimed at Preventing Youth Substance Use
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Grants Awarded to Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced two $125,000 Drug-Free Community grants for the Youngstown Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (YUMADAOP) and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County. The grants come from the Drug-Free Commu  more

Rep. Ryan Issues Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after the House voted in favor to continue the impeachment inquiry: H. Res. 660 provides the path forward for public hearings as part of the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry. The House has collected extensive evidence about the President's misconduct, and soon the American people will hear directly from witnesses in an open setting: "This is a critical moment in our history. The President of the United Stat  more

Rep. Ryan Votes to Hold Turkey Accountable for Syrian Invasion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - House passes bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Turkey * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today voted to hold Turkey accountable for its invasion of northern Syria. Cosponsored by Congressman Ryan, the bipartisan bill, Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act (H.R. 4695), imposes tough, targeted sanctions against Turkey--including mandatory asset freeze and visa ban against senior officials, stop  more

Rep. Stivers Issues Statement on Impeachment Resolution Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, issued the following statement regarding the resolution (H.Res. 660) directing committees to continue ongoing investigations as part of the existing House inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach President Trump: "The American people deserve a fair and transparent process, but today's resolution continues this purely political exercise. "It's a partisan attempt to retroactively  more

Reps. Jordan, Comer Issue Statement on Moving to Adjourn Subcommittee Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Environment, issued the following joint statement after moving to adjourn subcommittee hearing: "This week, Democrats continue the parade of witnesses to Chairman Schiff's secret basement bunker as part of the so-called impeachment 'inquiry,'all while Democrats continue to schedule regular commit  more

Reps. Kaptur, Kinzinger Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative and European Energy Security
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), a strategic partnership of twelve Central and Eastern European nations with the shared goal to foster energy autonomy and resilience through collective financing of new infrastructure projects, increasing connectivity between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black Seas,  more

Reps. Wenstrup, Davis Introduce Housing for Homeless Students Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced the Housing for Homeless Students Act of 2019, which helps homeless and recently homeless youth and veterans access affordable housing while pursuing an education. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Senate companion to this bill in March. Currently, individuals pursuing full-time educat  more

Sen. Brown Issues Floor Statement on Federal Contract Workers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on federal contract workers: I thank Senator Kaine for his work on this and speaking out on it. It is an issue of justice, an issue of fairness, and an issue that--I mean, how can you be against this? I don't even pretend to understand it. Senator Smith, who is still relatively new to this body, has taken a leadership role on an issue that is as i  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement on United Automobile Workers Vote to Ratify Contract With GM
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after United Automobile Workers members voted in favor of ratifying a contract with General Motors after going on strike in September, as they fought for fair wages and better workplace conditions: "UAW members throughout Ohio and across the country went on strike, forgoing their paychecks, to fight for fair pay and better job security. And for the last 40 days, UAW members on the picket lines have shown the count  more

Sen. Brown Secures Key NASA Priorities in Senate Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Provisions will Help Fund Orion Project at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky & NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland * * * U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he helped secure key priorities for NASA in a Senate spending package. The package consisted of four bills which passed the Senate today. The House has already passed its own version of these bills. The differences between th  more

Sen. Brown: Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- 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 twenty-two Senators are demanding Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger investigate student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for mismanagement of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. "We write to request that the  more

Sen. Brown: Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with thirty two Senators are demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made duri  more

Sen. Cornyn Issues Floor Statement on Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on appropriations bills: This isn't part of the remarks I had planned for, but let me just surprise the Senator from Ohio and say I agree with him. We need to pass a transportation bill. He mentioned some of the union workers he was talking to this morning, and they want Congress to function as it should, which means we should pass our appropriatio  more

Sen. Portman Applauds Trump Administration Announcement of Drug Free Communities Grants to Combat Drug Crisis in Ohio
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today welcomed the announcement of Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant recipients, both new and continuation, in the state of Ohio. In 1997, Portman authored the Drug-Free Communities Act, which supports evidence-based, community-oriented drug prevention programs. The Drug-Free Communities Act is designed to be optimally effective and accountable by capping the amount spent on  more

Sen. Portman Issues Floor Statement on Appropriations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on appropriations: My colleague from Maine, Senator Collins, is on the floor. We discussed earlier that we are actually legislating today. I think that it is great because we are passing spending bills. The Senate will pass four different spending bills, and she will manage all four of them. These are bipartisan bills that will end up getting passe  more

Sen. Portman Issues Floor Statement on Health Care
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on health care: I appreciate my colleague from South Dakota's talking about this issue before us this week, which is these 1332 waivers, and he is absolutely right. Millions of Americans are getting less expensive healthcare. Isn't that the whole idea here, that healthcare needs to be affordable and that we need to have good, quality healthcare? Th  more

Sen. Portman Issues Floor Statement on Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the opioid epidemic: I wish to thank my colleague from Iowa for her comments and also for her organizing this event this afternoon. This is an opportunity for us to talk not only about some of the things we have done in the U.S. Congress that are positive in terms of addressing the largest drug crisis we have ever faced in our country but also abou  more

Sen. Portman Issues Floor Statement on Transportation Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on the transportation bill: Senator Collins' bill is the transportation bill. This one is particularly important to my State of Ohio and to other States around the country that are desperate for some more funding for infrastructure. Specifically, in her transportation bill, she deals with these bridges that need to be replaced that are obsolete, and  more

Sen. Portman Issues Floor Statement on Workforce Development
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on workforce development: I am here to talk about the historic workforce needs we have in this country and, if we do the right things to respond to it, the historic opportunity we have to bring people out of the shadows and into work by providing them with the skills they need to be able to access the jobs that are out there. Pro-growth Federal poli  more

Sen. Portman Praises Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assess, Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) 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. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital m  more

Sen. Portman Rundown: Week of Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2019
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: This week, Senator Portman praised Senate passage of the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies funding bill. This Senate-passed legislation will fund several of Portman's key priorities including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge, the Migratory Birds of the Amer  more

Sen. Portman Secures Commitment From U.S. Ambassador to Russia Nominee to Support Global Engagement Center, Continuing Aid for Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) secured the commitment of the nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, John Sullivan to, if confirmed, fully utilize the Global Engagement Center, which is tasked with leading U.S. government efforts to counter propaganda and disinformation from countries like Russia and China through legislation that Portm  more

Sen. Smith Issues Floor Statement on Federal Contractors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on federal contractors: I thank my colleague from Ohio for raising these issues about the skills gap. This is something that is very important in Minnesota, as well, and I agree with him. I think this should be a place where we could find some bipartisan agreement. So I thank him for his words today. Mr. President, today I rise to talk abo  more

Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- 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 thirty two Senators are demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that yo  more

Senate Passes Leahy, Collins, Brown, And Perdue 'National Farm To School Month' Resolution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following news release: The Senate Thursday night approved a resolution sponsored by Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) and cosponsored by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), to designate October as National Farm to School Month. Farm to School programs across the country increase access to local foods in schools, which helps enhance food education for children while also boosting  more

Senate Passes Portman, Brown Resolution Honoring the Life, Work, Legacy of Toni Morrison
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last night, just ahead of National Author's Day, the Senate passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to honor the life, work, and legacy of Toni Morrison, one of America's most formidable scholars, educators, and authors. For more than five decades, Morrison, a Lorain, Ohio native, captivated audiences, sharing stories through the African American lens with her c  more

Senate-Passed Funding Measure Includes Key Portman Priorities to Protect Great Lakes, National Parks, Foster Youth
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - The FY 2020 CJS, Agriculture, Interior, THUD Appropriations Bill Includes Key Portman Priorities to Protect the Great Lakes, Wildlife, National Parks, & Foster Youth in Ohio * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised Senate passage of the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Agriculture, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies funding bill. This Senate-passed leg  more

Sens. Feinstein, Reed Call for Investigation of Suspicious Trades
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, 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  more

Sens. Portman, Brown Applaud Senate Confirmation of David DeVillers for U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applaud the confirmation of David DeVillers to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio has three office locations in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton, and handles federal cases that arise in the 48 southern counties in Ohio. "David DeVillers has the unique qualifications that   more

Sens. Portman, Brown Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Condemning Horrific Attack in Dayton, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised the Senate for passing their bipartisan 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. "Today the Se  more

Six Trump Nominees, Including HHS Assistant Secretary, Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 -- The U.S. Senate received the nomination of six individuals for positions in the Trump administration on Oct. 30: Lanny Erdos, of Ohio, to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Robert J. Feitel, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Sarah C. Arbes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services. Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Micha  more

Stop Penalizing Ohioans for Saving for Emergencies
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following newsletter: We need to stop penalizing Ohioans who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for saving for emergencies. The SSI program provides financial assistance for elderly, disabled, and blind Americans with very low-incomes and limited resources. Today, it supports more than 8 million people, including more than a million children. However, we need to reform the program to bring SSI into the 21st century. Right  more