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Jessica Wehrman

Jessica Wehrman is a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and covers Washington, D.C. for The Dispatch and Dayton Daily News.

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Trump plans changes to overtime rule: How will it impact you
 Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay. Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt. A federal judge in November issued...

Posted: 2 days ago

Last May, then-Vice President Joe Biden swept into Columbus on Air Force Two, sampled a bit of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and announced a rule change that would allow some 4.2 million more Americans to receive overtime pay. Less than one year later, that rule’s future is very much in doubt. A federal judge in November issued...
Why has the nomination process been so slow?
 Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s cabinet is not quite empty. But compared to previous White Houses, it’s nowhere near full. As of Thursday — 27 days into his presidency — 13 of Trump’s nominees had been confirmed, with secretaries of Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development...

Posted: 3 days ago

Nearly a month into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s cabinet is not quite empty. But compared to previous White Houses, it’s nowhere near full. As of Thursday — 27 days into his presidency — 13 of Trump’s nominees had been confirmed, with secretaries of Commerce, Energy, and Housing and Urban Development...
Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury
 The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the...
Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education secretary after VP breaks tie vote
 Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the United States Senate today after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie. As they'd previously announced, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, opposed DeVos' nomination while Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, supported it. Brown said DeVos "made her career helping for-profit charters when Ohio is known as the 'wild...

Posted: 13 days ago

Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the United States Senate today after Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie. As they'd previously announced, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, opposed DeVos' nomination while Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, supported it. Brown said DeVos "made her career helping for-profit charters when Ohio is known as the 'wild...
Ohio Sen. Portman says he’ll back Trump education pick despite pressure
 Don’t expect Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the 51st vote Democrats need to thwart Michigan philanthropist and billionaire Betsy DeVos in her quest to be the next Secretary of Education. Portman announced Thursday that he backs DeVos for Secretary of Education, saying “during the confirmation process she committed to strongly...

Posted: 18 days ago

Don’t expect Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the 51st vote Democrats need to thwart Michigan philanthropist and billionaire Betsy DeVos in her quest to be the next Secretary of Education. Portman announced Thursday that he backs DeVos for Secretary of Education, saying “during the confirmation process she committed to strongly...
Call volume overwhelmes Senate switchboard
 Callers overloaded the Senate phone system this afternoon as the Senate approaches votes on a handful of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet nominees. At around 3 p.m., staff for Sen. Sherrod Brown posted a notice on his Senate website: “Due to extremely high call volume, Washington, D.C., Senate offices are experiencing...

Posted: 19 days ago

Callers overloaded the Senate phone system this afternoon as the Senate approaches votes on a handful of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet nominees. At around 3 p.m., staff for Sen. Sherrod Brown posted a notice on his Senate website: “Due to extremely high call volume, Washington, D.C., Senate offices are experiencing...
Ohio Sen. Brown joins Senate boycott of Trump nominees
 The Senate Finance Committee today sent President Donald Trump’s picks for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Treasury to the full Senate for final approval, despite the boycott of Democrats on the panel. Under committee rules, the Senate Finance Committee needs at least one Democrat to have a quorum. However...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Senate Finance Committee today sent President Donald Trump’s picks for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Secretary of the Treasury to the full Senate for final approval, despite the boycott of Democrats on the panel. Under committee rules, the Senate Finance Committee needs at least one Democrat to have a quorum. However...
Ohio senators split on Trump’s Supreme Court pick
 Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio praised President Donald Trump’s choice Tuesday of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court while Sen. Sherrod Brown swiftly announced he would oppose the nomination. Portman, among a group of Republican senators briefed by White House officials before he attended the announcement in the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio praised President Donald Trump’s choice Tuesday of federal appeals judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court while Sen. Sherrod Brown swiftly announced he would oppose the nomination. Portman, among a group of Republican senators briefed by White House officials before he attended the announcement in the...
Democrats block votes on two nominees
 Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee blocked votes on President Donald Trump’s nominees for Treasury Secretary and Health and Human Services Secretary today, citing media reports that both nominees had misled the panel. Democratic members of the committee, which has jurisdiction over both nominees, failed to appear at a scheduled...

Posted: 20 days ago

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee blocked votes on President Donald Trump’s nominees for Treasury Secretary and Health and Human Services Secretary today, citing media reports that both nominees had misled the panel. Democratic members of the committee, which has jurisdiction over both nominees, failed to appear at a scheduled...
Will progressives learn lessons from the tea party to fight Trump?
 In the days after she and some 150 Kenyon College students went to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington, Emily Carter became a whirling dervish of activism. She had newsletters to send out. Senators to call. Action networks to create. “I am literally staying up at night, like, ‘what can I do next?’&rdquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

In the days after she and some 150 Kenyon College students went to Washington for the Women’s March on Washington, Emily Carter became a whirling dervish of activism. She had newsletters to send out. Senators to call. Action networks to create. “I am literally staying up at night, like, ‘what can I do next?’&rdquo...
How Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week
 Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week. HOUSE Southwest Ohio members in bold * H.R. 7 A bill that would make permanent existing law banning the use of federal funds for abortion services. Passed: 238-183 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans: Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, Joyce...

Posted: 22 days ago

Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted in Washington last week. HOUSE Southwest Ohio members in bold * H.R. 7 A bill that would make permanent existing law banning the use of federal funds for abortion services. Passed: 238-183 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans: Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Jordan, Joyce...