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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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Push on to remove Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined a growing number of Democrats in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. The Ohio Democrat plans on joining Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in supporting a bill to remove statues of Confederate politicians and soldiers from Statuary Hall. “Symbols of the confederacy should be removed...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined a growing number of Democrats in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. The Ohio Democrat plans on joining Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in supporting a bill to remove statues of Confederate politicians and soldiers from Statuary Hall. “Symbols of the confederacy should be removed...
Ohio lawmakers behind effort to overhaul NAFTA
 The nation’s top trade official vowed Wednesday to work to negotiate a major overhaul of a 23-year-old trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, saying that the North American Free Trade Agreement has “failed many, many Americans.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made his comments on the opening day of NAFTA negotiations...

Posted: 5 days ago

The nation’s top trade official vowed Wednesday to work to negotiate a major overhaul of a 23-year-old trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, saying that the North American Free Trade Agreement has “failed many, many Americans.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made his comments on the opening day of NAFTA negotiations...
GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run
 The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records...
Ohio’s senators praise Trump for trade statement on China
 Ohio’s senators Monday praised President Donald Trump for asking his trade office to look into whether China has stolen U.S. technology and intellectual property During a brief return to Washington in the midst of his two-week vacation in New Jersey — he has had to vacate the White House because it is undergoing renovations &mdash...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio’s senators Monday praised President Donald Trump for asking his trade office to look into whether China has stolen U.S. technology and intellectual property During a brief return to Washington in the midst of his two-week vacation in New Jersey — he has had to vacate the White House because it is undergoing renovations &mdash...
Dems face challenge even if Trump stumbles
 On paper, the 2018 election looks good for Democrats: First-term presidents have traditionally fared poorly during the midterms, and President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are among the worst ever recorded for a president this early in his tenure. But the reality for Democrats is tougher than it looks. Years of gerrymandering and...

Posted: 9 days ago

On paper, the 2018 election looks good for Democrats: First-term presidents have traditionally fared poorly during the midterms, and President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are among the worst ever recorded for a president this early in his tenure. But the reality for Democrats is tougher than it looks. Years of gerrymandering and...
Ohio leaders react to Trump declaring opioid crisis ‘an emergency’
 President Donald Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis “an emergency” on Thursday. “The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

President Donald Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis “an emergency” on Thursday. “The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,&rdquo...
Consumer protection rule latest battle with Cordray-led agency
 Republicans are sharply criticizing a rule that would allow consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial companies – the latest battle in an ongoing war between the GOP and a consumer watchdog headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule barring...

Posted: 15 days ago

Republicans are sharply criticizing a rule that would allow consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial companies – the latest battle in an ongoing war between the GOP and a consumer watchdog headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule barring...
What’s next for Obamacare?
 WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed...

Posted: 15 days ago

WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed...
Proposed bill would help psychologists, psychiatrists adopt to electronic filing

Posted: 17 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman last week introduced a bill that would help psychologists and psychiatrists adopt electronic health records. The bill, which Portman, R-Ohio, cosponsored with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, would extend federal incentives to adopt electronic health technology to behavioral health care providers, improving the coordination...
Senate bill would expand education for military vets post 9-11
 The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill that included provisions authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown aimed at expanding educational opportunities for those who served after 9/11. The bill, which also includes a Brown provision restoring G.I. benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian College, both for-profit colleges which failed...

Posted: 17 days ago

The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill that included provisions authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown aimed at expanding educational opportunities for those who served after 9/11. The bill, which also includes a Brown provision restoring G.I. benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian College, both for-profit colleges which failed...
Sherrod Brown: Allow Medicare buy-in at age 55
 Sen. Sherrod Brown last week introduced a bill that would allow those between the ages of 55 and 64 buy into Medicare.  The bill, cosponsored by seven other Democrats, would allow the 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into the federal entitlement program. Those who bought into the health plan would receive the...

Posted: 17 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown last week introduced a bill that would allow those between the ages of 55 and 64 buy into Medicare.  The bill, cosponsored by seven other Democrats, would allow the 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into the federal entitlement program. Those who bought into the health plan would receive the...