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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 66 items )  

At Hearing, State Department Officials Agree With Portman on Providing Continued Aid to Ukraine, Increased Funding for GEC
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today on United States strategy towards Russia, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) questioned experts from the State Department about the importance of continuing aid to Ukraine so that they can defend themselves against Russian aggression. Portman has led efforts in the Senate to provide additional security assistance to Ukraine. For the past three years, he has w  more

Bennet, Braun, Portman, Coons Lead Bipartisan Letter to USTR Regarding China's Corporate Social Credit System
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colorado, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and 21 of their colleagues sent United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer a letter outlining their concerns with the Chinese government's efforts to develop and deploy its Corporate Social Credit System (Corporate SCS). The Corporate SCS represents China formalizing  more

Brown Announces More Than $6 Million to Increase Conservation on Ohio's Farmlands
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is awarding $6,755,745 to help Ohio farmers implement and evaluate innovative approaches to farmland conservation. The funding is provided through On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new component of the Conservation Innovation Grants first authori  more

Brown Announces Nearly $2 Million for Economic Growth in Mahoning Valley
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- 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 $1,600,000 grant to the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation (MVEDC) of Youngstown. The funding will establish a new Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. This grant, to be matched with $400,000 in local funds to  more

Brown Calling on Amtrak to End Forced Arbitration, Ban on Class Actions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues in demanding Amtrak immediately eliminate its anti-consumer arbitration and class action policy. In January, Amtrak implemented a broad new policy that not only prevents Amtrak riders, employees, and others from seeking justice in the courts, it also prohibits them from banding together in a group to seek accountability for their claims. In a letter to Amtrak  more

Brown's Bipartisan Bill Would Better Support Foster Youth in Ohio
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Improve Access to Housing When Foster Youth Age out of the Foster Care System * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he leads bipartisan legislation with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to better support foster care youth in Ohio and increase access to housing once Ohioans age out of the foster care system. Brown's bill, the Fostering Stable Housing Opport  more

Brown's Legislation to Stop Animal Cruelty Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced his Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was signed into law before the Thanksgiving holiday last week. The PACT Act makes the gruesome torture and killing of animals a federal offense and makes it easier to prosecute those involved in animal cruelty. "Intentionally harming animals for entertainment is an egregious act that we cannot tolerate," said Brown. "  more

Brown, Isakson Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Prematurity Awareness Month
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - New March of Dimes Report Shows Preterm Birth Rate Still Unacceptably High in U.S. * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleague Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to introduce a bipartisan resolution recognizing November as Prematurity Awareness Month. Earlier this month, March of Dimes released the nation's 2019 "Premature Birth Report Card," which noted that the nation's preterm birth rates s  more

Brown, Portman Introduce Legislation to Extend Funding for Dayton's National Aviation Heritage Area
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced legislation to extend and reauthorize funding for Dayton's National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) to 2022. NAHA spans eight counties throughout western Ohio, with a large presence in Dayton, the home of the Wright Brothers. There are a variety of cultural sites within the NAHA, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park, Armstrong   more

Brown, Senate Dems Urge HUD to Reject Proposed Changes to Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee along with forty-five senators sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Dispar  more

Brown, Senate Dems Urge HUD to Reject Proposed Changes to the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 -- 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 Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee along with forty-five senators sent a letter (https://www.banking.senate.gov/download/di-letter) to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Depa  more

Brown: Banking Watchdogs Put Short-Term Profits Over Hardworking Families
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- 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 - sent a letter ahead of the Senate Banking Committee's December 5th hearing to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Financial Stability Oversight Council members including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams, and NCUA Chair Rodney Hood, requesting that the r  more

Capito Concludes Congressional Trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait, Visits With West Virginia Troops
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) returned earlier this week from a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait. In addition to Senator Capito, the delegation included U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Curtis (R-Utah). During the trip, Senator Capito had the opportunity to meet West Virgin  more

Chairs Costa, Bishop on Resolution Recognizing Food for Peace Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following news release: On Thursday, Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) introduced a resolution commending the Federal Food for Peace program, recognizing the ongoing humanitarian need in conflict areas around the globe, and calling for the continued prioritizat  more

During Brown Questioning, Expert Witnesses in Alzheimer's Hearing Underscore Importance of ACA, Paid Family Leave
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - In Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Alzheimer's, Brown Questioned Expert Witnesses Who Highlighted the Important Role the ACA and Paid Family Leave Play in Supporting Those Caring for Loved Ones with Alzheimer's Disease * * * In Case You Missed It, in a Senate Finance Health Subcommittee hearing entitled "Alzheimer's Awareness: Barriers to Diagnosis, Treatment and Care Coordination," U.S. Senator Sher  more

Four Representatives, Sen. Booker Issue Statements After Introduction of Creating a Respectful & Open World for Natural Hair Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-Louisiana, issued the following statements with Reps. Barbara Lee, D-California, Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following statements after the introduction of the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act: "For far too long, Black Americans have faced senseless forms of discrimination merely because of how they choose to wear their hair. As states begin to tac  more

House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs Republicans Release Report of Evidence in the Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, the House Intelligence Committee, Oversight and Reform Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee released a Republican report evaluating the evidence presented in the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Despite the abusive and fundamentally unfair process in the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, the evidence does not prove the Democra  more

Jordan and Meadows Renews Request for Oversight Hearing With Justice Department Inspector General Upon Completion of FISA Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations sent a letter (https://republicans-oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2019-12-03-JDJ-MM-to-CBM-re-Horowitz-Hearing1.pdf) to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)  more

New Video Highlights Portman's Bipartisan PSI Report on China's Talent Recruitment Plans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last month, Senator Portman, Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), unveiled a new bipartisan report that documents how American taxpayers have been unwittingly funding the rise of China's economy and military over the last two decades while federal agencies have done little to stop it. Portman then delivered opening remarks at a bipartisan hearing entitled "Securing the U.S. Research Ent  more

On Senate Floor, Portman Pays Tribute to Career of Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) paid tribute to the career and achievements of U.S. Senator Johnny Iskason (R-GA), who is retiring from the Senate at the end of this year. Isakson is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Senate Select Committee on Ethics. Portman serves on the Senate Finance Committee with Isakson and has worked closely with him on energy efficie  more

Portman Applauds Commerce Department's $1.6 Million Grant to Boost Job Creation, Economic Growth in Youngstown
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauds the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) for awarding a $1.6 million grant to the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation (MVEDC) of Youngstown, Ohio, to establish a new Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) in support of small businesses and entrepreneurs. According to the EDA, the grant, to be located near a designated Opportunity Zone, will be  more

Portman, Brown Applaud Senate Confirmation of Douglas R. Cole for U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded Senate confirmation of Douglas R. Cole to serve as U.S. Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. The vacancy was created when Judge Susan J. Dlott took senior status on May 31, 2018. The Southern District has court locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton and serves more than five million Ohioans in 48 counties.   more

Portman, Brown Introduce Legislation to Extend Funding for Dayton's National Aviation Heritage Area
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced legislation, S. 2940, to reauthorize funding for Dayton's National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) through FY2022. NAHA spans eight counties throughout western Ohio, with a large presence in Dayton, the home of the Wright Brothers. There are a variety of cultural sites within the NAHA, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park, Arm  more

Portman, Coons, Braun, Bennet Lead Bipartisan Letter to USTR Regarding China's Corporate Social Credit System
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) joined 21 of their colleagues in sending United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Lighthizer a letter outlining their concerns with the Chinese government's efforts to develop and deploy its Corporate Social Credit System (Corporate SCS). The Corporate SCS represents China formalizing a sys  more

Rep. Balderson, Ohio Law Enforcement Announce First Region in Country to Adopt Life-Saving Kits for First Responders
DELAWARE, Ohio, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) today announced that Ohio Emergency Management Services are equipping first responders with life-saving tools to assist during mass emergencies. During a joint press conference, Balderson, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS), Emergency Management Directors from the surrounding 14 counties, and Columbus-based citizenAID announced a partn  more

Rep. Beatty Hosts Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Civil Rights Icon
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks * * * This week, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) held her Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Rosa Parks, "The Power of One: Shaping Our Future Through Courage and Action." The Forum recognizes the courage and legacy of 'the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,' and coincides with the State of Ohio's annual observance of Ros  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement Recognizing Noblesville Mayor Ditslear
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 -- Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 5, entitled "Recognizing John Ditslear": I rise today to recognize John Ditslear on his retirement from the Office of Mayor of Noblesville, Indiana. A well-respected public servant, Mayor Ditslear's career has been defined by his steadfast leadership of Noblesville. His many decades of public service in a number of different roles has greatly impacted th  more

Rep. Chabot: Witnesses Examine Corporate Social Responsibility From Small Business Lens
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- 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 a panel of witnesses on corporate social responsibility (CSR) by small businesses. "Examples of CSR can be found throughout America's business history. Early examples include factory owners providing housing for their employees. Now, CSR has expanded to include environmental efforts, philanth  more

Rep. Fudge Introduces the School MEALS Act to Expand Access to School Nutrition Programs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today,Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) introduced the School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019, known as the School MEALS Act, to strengthen school nutrition programs. The bill provides states with funding to improve their direct certification processes and increases flexibility for school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision, increasing access to free sc  more

Rep. Fudge: SNAP Final Rule Unacceptable Escalation of Administration's War on People in Need
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: After an announcement Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the Administration will tighten restrictions on the eligibility of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) for benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, released th  more

Rep. Gonzalez Letter Works to Build Entrepreneurship in Midwest
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) led a letter this week with 14 other members of the House Financial Services Committee to regulators encouraging reforms to allow for further investments into start-up companies. "Growing Northeast Ohio's economy is one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress," said Congressman Gonzalez. "Northeast Ohio has the workforce and entrepren  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement Inviting Representatives From Shale Crescent USA to Energy, Environment Innovation Showcase
SALEM, Ohio, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, issued the following statement after inviting representatives from Shale Crescent USA to take part in the Energy and Environment Innovation Showcase on Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C.: "Shale Crescent USA works with many of the stakeholders that are innovating and creating new economic opportunities for hardworking people across Ohio's energy resource-rich Sixth Congressional District. "In part, their work can help ensure that this region takes comp  more

Rep. Joyce Takes Main Street Tour in Brecksville
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 3 -- Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Last week, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) held a Main Street Tour in Brecksville, Ohio with constituents and business owners to hear their concerns, answer their questions and exchange ideas on how to continue building upon local economic growth and enhancing the community. The day began with a tour of the new police station as well as a visit to the fire department, included a meeting with local officials  more

Rep. Kaptur Announces $34 Million in Federal Funding for New R&D Facility at NASA Glenn
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), co-Chair of the House NASA Caucus, announced $33.8 million in federal funding to build a new Aerospace Communications facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. NASA awarded the contract to Austin Building and Design in Cleveland. The project will upgrade Glenn's capabilities by installing higher frequency radio communications equipment. The upgrades   more

Rep. Latta's Bipartisan Bill to Combat Robocalls Passes House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to combat illegal robocalls hounding Americans across the country. Included in this legislative package is a bill introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5), the STOP Robocalls Act, that gives phone companies and the Federal Communications Commission the tools they need to fight back against robocalls. Latta provided the following statement on  more

Rep. Ryan Introduces Legislation to Fight Child Hunger
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation expands access to free school meals * * * Congressman Ryan today introduced legislation to fight child hunger. The Expanding Access to School Meals Act (H.R.5308) updates and enhances the federal school meals program to give more students access to free lunch and breakfast at school. View the text of the bill here (https://timryanforms.house.gov/components/redirect/r.aspx?ID=478370-71747034).   more

Rep. Ryan Praises GM-LG Chem Announcement to Build Electric Batteries in Lordstown, Ohio
LORDSTOWN, Ohio, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - $2.3 billion investment will create approximately 1,100 manufacturing jobs * * * Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today praised the announcement from General Motors (GM) and LG Chem to create a joint partnership that will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. This $2.3 billion investment will create 1,100 manufacturing jobs and break ground in mid-2020. This announcement follows Lor  more

Rep. Tim Ryan Announces $1.6 Million Grant for MVEDC and Youngstown Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Grant will help create 200 jobs, retain 55 jobs, and generate $9 million in private investment * * * Congressman Tim Ryan announced that the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing a $1.6 million grant to the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation (MVEDC) in Youngstown, Ohio, to establish a new Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) in support of small businesses and e  more

Rep. Wenstrup Votes to End Spam Calls
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) voted for the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act to combat spam calls. The bill would reduce spam calls by directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on spoofing, increasing FCC fines on perpetrators, extending the statute of limitations for the FCC to initiate cases against scammers, and requiring the telecommunications industry to implement authentication tec  more

Reps. Fudge and Moore Introduce Legislation to Fight Poverty and Honor Unpaid Work
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) introduced the Worker Relief and Credit Reform (WRCR) Act to expand and modernize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to meet the demands of America's current and future workforce. Key reforms to the EITC include changes to the eligibility rules, the maximum credit, phase-in rates, phase-out rates, and the creation of a new advance paym  more

Reps. Fudge, DeLauro, Lee Lead 100 House Dems in Introducing Legislation to Block USDA Rule Kicking People Off SNAP
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Barbara Lee (CA-13) led 100 House Democrats in introducing the Protect SNAP Act, legislation to prevent the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing stricter work requirements under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill follows USDA's final rule restricting hundreds of thousands of Ab  more

Reps. Fudge, Richmond, Lee, Pressley Introduce Legislation Banning Afro-Textured Hair Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) joined Reps. Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) in introducing the Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act to ban hair discrimination. The CROWN Act clarifies that discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles associated with people of African descent, including hair that is tightly coiled or t  more

Reps. Pallone, Walden, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Anti-Robocalls Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Ranking Member Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed an anti-robocalls bill, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, by a 417-3 vote: "We're proud of this overwhelming vote by the House to pass the Pallo  more

Reps. Walden, Pallone, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Anti-Robocalls Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, Reps. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed an anti-robocalls bill, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, by a 417-3 vote: "We're proud of this overwhelming vote by the House to pa  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $140,000 to Assist With Home Repairs in Vinton County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant to Help Rehabilitate 20 Homes * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $144,784 to the Vinton County Commissioners' Development Department (VCDD) to help 20 Ohio households make critical repairs to their homes. "Ohioans shouldn't have to choose between roof repairs or buying groce  more

Sen. Brown Announces More Than $95,000 for Home Repairs in Pickaway County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Go Toward Home Repairs and Energy Efficiency Upgrades * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $95,152.82 grant the Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA) to help Ohio families make critical home repairs, including energy efficiency upgrades. "Ohioans shouldn't have to choose between roof repairs or b  more

Sen. Brown Announces Nearly $160,000 to Assist With Home Repairs in Washington County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant to Help Rehabilitate 14 Homes * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $159,784 to the Washington-Morgan Community Action (WMCA) to provide forgivable loans to cover the cost of critical home repairs necessary for health and safety. First incorporated in 1967, WMCA today offers mor  more

Sen. Brown Announces Nearly $60,000 for Home Repairs in Trumbull and Portage Counties
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds Will Go Toward Health and Safety-Centric Home Repairs * * * Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $59,784.86 grant to Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. to help Ohio families make critical home repairs. "Ohioans shouldn't have to choose between roof repairs or buying groceries," Brown said. "This grant to Neighborhood   more

Sen. Brown Applauds Senate Passage of Future Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Pushed for Passage of Bipartisan FUTURE Act, which Senate Republicans had Previously Blocked; Legislation Would Extend Critical Funding for HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities * * * Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded Senate passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act, bipartisan legislation   more

Sen. Brown Blasts Trump Designee to Lead Homelessness Council
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Designee Has Publicly Proposed Policies that Punish Individuals Who are Homeless * * * U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - today released the following statement after President Trump selected Robert Marbut to lead the U.S. Interagency  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement After General Motors Announced Joint Venture With LG Chem
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following statement after General Motors announced a joint venture with LG Chem to establish a battery cell assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio: "Autoworkers in the Valley are among the best in the world at what they do, and any investment in Ohio workers is a smart investment. "At the same time, we know that GM could have made a better investment in the Valley by bringing a new vehicle to Lordstown -- and saving the jobs of its 4,500   more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Oversight of Financial Regulators
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- 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 Financial Regulators": "I want to start by noting that typically when we have the financial regulators testify, the Comptroller of the Currency is also here. Mr. Otting had a conflict today. He is expected to announce changes to the Community Reinvestment Act shortly, changes that the c  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Oversight of Financial Regulators
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- 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 Financial Regulators": "I want to start by noting that typically when we have the financial regulators testify, the Comptroller of the Currency is also here. Mr. Otting had a conflict today. He is expected to announce changes to the Community Reinvestment Act shortly, changes that the ci  more

Sen. Brown Issues Statement at Hearing on Oversight of Financial Regulators
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at a hearing entitled "Oversight of Financial Regulators": "I want to start by noting that typically when we have the financial regulators testify, the Comptroller of the Currency is also here. Mr. Otting had a conflict today. He is expected to announce changes to the Community Reinvestment Act shortly, changes that the civil rights community and others are  more

Sen. Brown: Banking Watchdogs Put Short-Term Profits Over Hardworking Families
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- 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 - sent a letter ahead of the Senate Banking Committee's December 5th hearing to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Financial Stability Oversight Council members including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome P  more

Sen. Grassley, Colleagues Call for Stronger Funding for USDA's Value Added Producer Grants Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging them to include robust funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program in the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Grassley spearheaded th  more

Sen. Portman Issues Column on Internet Access for Rural Ohio
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following column on internet access for rural Ohio: Most Ohioans can get access to a steady, fast internet connection at work or home. Unfortunately, for Ohioans living outside our big urban areas, broadband access can be hard to come by. This lack of access creates problems every day. Access is a problem in rural areas all over our state, but no area is left behind more than southeast Ohio. I recently heard from Nick Tepe, who runs th  more

Sen. Portman Issues Statement on General Motors, LG Chem Plan for Battery Plant in Lordstown Area
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following statement on the announcement of the General Motors and LG Chem's plan for a battery plant in the Lordstown area: "Since GM first announced it would discontinue production of the Chevy Cruze, I have pushed hard for the company to do the right thing and stand by the world-class workforce in Lordstown. "I applaud GM's announcement that it will build a new battery plant in the Mahoning Valley to provide employment to some of the  more

Sen. Portman Meets With Muskingum County's Restored Citizens Network
ZANESVILLE, Ohio, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - County Network Received $475,953 Grant Through Portman's Bipartisan Second Chance Act * * * Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with board members of Muskingum County's Restored Citizens Network, an organization that strives to make Muskingum and surrounding counties a safer place to live, work, and raise a family through engaging offenders returning to the community. Last year, the Restor  more

Sen. Portman Participates in Save a Warrior's Cohort Graduation Ceremony
NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in Save A Warrior's cohort graduation ceremony. Established in 2012, Save a Warrior is nonprofit organization aimed at saving the lives of veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The Save A Warrior week-long "War Detox" program specializes in connecting active duty military, returning veterans, and first resp  more

Sen. Portman Tours Eastland Career Center and Hosts Workforce Discussion
GROVEPORT, Ohio, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured Eastland Career Center. Following the tour, Portman met with the school's leadership to discuss expanding access to workforce skills training and how his bipartisan JOBS Act legislation will help more Ohioans get the skills and training they need to find in-demand jobs. "I enjoyed my visit at Eastland Career Center and the productive discussion with the school's  more

Sen. Portman Urges FCC Chairman Pai to Encourage Broadband Deployment in Appalachian Ohio
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to modify the new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) to encourage deployment of broadband internet in Appalachia. Broadband providers in Appalachian Ohio are concerned that the current structure of RDOF dis-incentivizes internet deployment in that region of the country. More than one million Ohioans still lack access to fa  more

Sen. Portman, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge Education Department IG to Investigate Loan Forgiveness Process Following Alarming NPR Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: * * * - NPR Investigation Found That, Out of 555,000 Eligible TPD Borrowers, Only 28 Percent Had Their Loans Discharged or Are on Track for That to Happen * * * U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Education urging the department's acting inspector general, Sandra Bruce, to investigate the federal student loan discharge process for Am  more

Sens. Warren, Brown Seek Answers From CFPB on 'Advisory Opinions' That Could Weaken Consumer Protection Laws
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Bureau Proposal Could Handcuff Consumer Protection and Allow Companies to Avoid Liability for Harming Consumers * * * United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent  more

Sens. Wyden, Brown Demand Assurances Investigative Requests Handled Fairly
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: * * * - Senators reiterate need for SARS requests to be processed in order of receipt * * * Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, today requested a briefing from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to ensure requests for Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) are   more

Study Shows Portman's CARA Law Led to 111% Increase in Medication-Assisted Treatment Available for Opioid Crisis in Rural Areas
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, a new study published in the journal Health Affairs showed that U.S. Senator Rob Portman's (R-OH) bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), which became law in 2016, has led to a 111 percent increase in the availability in rural areas of prescriptions of buprenorphine, a form of medication-assisted treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction. CARA granted physician assistants and nu  more