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Sen. Brown wants special prosecutor to handle Russia investigation
 Lawmakers Wednesday scrambled to respond to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.    RELATED: Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe before termination, reports say  In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he’d spent the morning talking to senators from...

1:38 PM Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

Lawmakers Wednesday scrambled to respond to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.    RELATED: Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe before termination, reports say  In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he’d spent the morning talking to senators from...
New Air Force secretary confirmed
 The Senate has confirmed a former New Mexico congresswoman as the top civilian leader of the Air Force. Heather A. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate and Rhodes scholar, was chosen to become secretary of the Air Force. The former five-term Republican congresswoman was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology before her...

11:56 AM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

The Senate has confirmed a former New Mexico congresswoman as the top civilian leader of the Air Force. Heather A. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate and Rhodes scholar, was chosen to become secretary of the Air Force. The former five-term Republican congresswoman was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology before her...
Spending bills get little scrutiny from Congress, critics say
 Think way back to 1994. The Cleveland Browns were in the playoffs, Forrest Gump and the Lion King were hit movies, and Justin Bieber was in his birth year. It’s also the last time Congress spent federal dollars the way it’s supposed to. In the 23 years since, Congress has scrambled each year — usually unsuccessfully &mdash...

12:59 AM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

Think way back to 1994. The Cleveland Browns were in the playoffs, Forrest Gump and the Lion King were hit movies, and Justin Bieber was in his birth year. It’s also the last time Congress spent federal dollars the way it’s supposed to. In the 23 years since, Congress has scrambled each year — usually unsuccessfully &mdash...
Health bill passes House but faces stiff Senate test
 U.S. House Republicans on Thursday sent a resounding message to the Senate on health care: It’s your problem now. By a narrow margin of 217-to-213, House Republicans approved a major revision to the health law known as Obamacare, keeping a pledge to voters that they would try and repeal the law they unanimously opposed when it was passed...

6:51 PM Thursday, May. 04, 2017

U.S. House Republicans on Thursday sent a resounding message to the Senate on health care: It’s your problem now. By a narrow margin of 217-to-213, House Republicans approved a major revision to the health law known as Obamacare, keeping a pledge to voters that they would try and repeal the law they unanimously opposed when it was passed...
US House passes $1.1 trillion budget measure
 In a week dominated by maneuvering over the health care legislation — which was thought to be dead just over a week ago — the House Wednesday passed a $1 trillion-plus spending measure that will keep the government open for business at least through September. The bill, which includes increased money for Defense, will be felt...

8:35 PM Wednesday, May. 03, 2017

In a week dominated by maneuvering over the health care legislation — which was thought to be dead just over a week ago — the House Wednesday passed a $1 trillion-plus spending measure that will keep the government open for business at least through September. The bill, which includes increased money for Defense, will be felt...
Funding for Piketon cleanup in jeopardy, Portman warns
 The spending bill that Congress will vote on later this week includes $274 million to clean up an abandoned nuclear site in southeast Ohio, but an Ohio senator is concerned that the long term prospects for cleaning up that plant might be in danger. The former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, placed in cold shutdown in 2010, is being cleaned...

8:33 PM Tuesday, May. 02, 2017

The spending bill that Congress will vote on later this week includes $274 million to clean up an abandoned nuclear site in southeast Ohio, but an Ohio senator is concerned that the long term prospects for cleaning up that plant might be in danger. The former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, placed in cold shutdown in 2010, is being cleaned...
Congress agrees to $300M measure aimed at protecting the Great Lakes
 Tucked into the $1 trillion spending measure that averted a government shutdown is $300 million for a program aimed at protecting the Great Lakes, Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced Monday. The funding is only guaranteed through the end of September, however, and President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget — which hasn&rsquo...

7:30 PM Monday, May. 01, 2017

Tucked into the $1 trillion spending measure that averted a government shutdown is $300 million for a program aimed at protecting the Great Lakes, Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced Monday. The funding is only guaranteed through the end of September, however, and President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget — which hasn&rsquo...
Ohio Sen. Brown offers President Trump ideas on NAFTA
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has a few suggestions for President Donald Trump as he begins to renegotiate NAFTA. Trump last week announced that he plans to renegotiate the 23 year old trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The announcement came after threats of leaving the trade deal altogether. POLITICS: Local senators says action needed...

2:39 PM Monday, May. 01, 2017

Sen. Sherrod Brown has a few suggestions for President Donald Trump as he begins to renegotiate NAFTA. Trump last week announced that he plans to renegotiate the 23 year old trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The announcement came after threats of leaving the trade deal altogether. POLITICS: Local senators says action needed...
Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says
 Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday told a crowd of Dayton civic and business leaders that they should be prepared for the possibility of a round of base closures in 2020 – a move that could have a sweeping impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Speaking at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Turner...

7:50 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday told a crowd of Dayton civic and business leaders that they should be prepared for the possibility of a round of base closures in 2020 – a move that could have a sweeping impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Speaking at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Turner...
Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues
 Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall,...

7:22 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall,...
Ohio gets $26 million to fight opioids
 The state will receive $26 million to fight heroin and prescription drugs, part of a pot of $485 million in grants that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering to battle the drug epidemic. According to Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the money will be used over the next two years for medication-assisted treatment...

10:31 PM Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

The state will receive $26 million to fight heroin and prescription drugs, part of a pot of $485 million in grants that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering to battle the drug epidemic. According to Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the money will be used over the next two years for medication-assisted treatment...
Brown has twice what Mandel has in bank for Senate run
 Sen. Sherrod Brown is raising serious cash for his potential 2018 rematch with 2012 foe Josh Mandel. The Ohio Democrat raised $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2017 — far higher than the $1.35 million he raised this time back in 2011, on the cusp of his first re-election bid, according to his campaign spokesman. RELATED: For Democrats...

8:59 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Sen. Sherrod Brown is raising serious cash for his potential 2018 rematch with 2012 foe Josh Mandel. The Ohio Democrat raised $2.4 million for the first quarter of 2017 — far higher than the $1.35 million he raised this time back in 2011, on the cusp of his first re-election bid, according to his campaign spokesman. RELATED: For Democrats...
Ohioans in Congress report $16M in campaign funds
 Few, if any, even have political opponents at this point, but that hasn’t stopped Ohio U.S. House members from starting the 2018 campaign season with a whopping $16 million in the bank, according to an analysis of campaign finance reports. Of the 16 U.S. House incumbents, Columbus area Rep. Pat Tiberi remains the fundraising leader...

8:48 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Few, if any, even have political opponents at this point, but that hasn’t stopped Ohio U.S. House members from starting the 2018 campaign season with a whopping $16 million in the bank, according to an analysis of campaign finance reports. Of the 16 U.S. House incumbents, Columbus area Rep. Pat Tiberi remains the fundraising leader...
Wreck causes nightmare for Ohio family
 Weeks after a devastating accident in the Republic of Georgia, Zach Lawrence’s family is trying to bring him home. Lawrence, a 38-year-old startup consultant who was raised in Reynoldsburg and who now lives in Dublin, was in the eastern European state for a business conference when the car he was riding in – returning from a fishing...

6:30 PM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Weeks after a devastating accident in the Republic of Georgia, Zach Lawrence’s family is trying to bring him home. Lawrence, a 38-year-old startup consultant who was raised in Reynoldsburg and who now lives in Dublin, was in the eastern European state for a business conference when the car he was riding in – returning from a fishing...
How our lawmakers voted last week in Washington
 Here’s a look at how our lawmakers voted in Congress last week: SENATE * To change the rules of the Senate to allow Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed. On this vote, a yes vote means that the senator wants an existing vote stalling Gorsuch’s nomination to stand. Passed: 52-48 Democrat: Brown: Yes Republican: Portman...

3:33 PM Sunday, Apr. 09, 2017

Here’s a look at how our lawmakers voted in Congress last week: SENATE * To change the rules of the Senate to allow Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed. On this vote, a yes vote means that the senator wants an existing vote stalling Gorsuch’s nomination to stand. Passed: 52-48 Democrat: Brown: Yes Republican: Portman...
Ohio members of Congress mostly support Trump action on Syria
 Ohio’s congressional delegation expressed support for Thursday night’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield, but one day later, many had questions on what happens next as the U.S. increases its intervention into Syria’s six-year civil war. While Sen. Rob Portman called President Donald Trump decision to drop more than...

3:34 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

Ohio’s congressional delegation expressed support for Thursday night’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield, but one day later, many had questions on what happens next as the U.S. increases its intervention into Syria’s six-year civil war. While Sen. Rob Portman called President Donald Trump decision to drop more than...
Jordan standing by Freedom Caucus member targeted by President Trump
 Rep. Jim Jordan says he’s prepared to “do everything I can” to help a House Freedom Caucus member who the Trump administration threatened to try to unseat in the aftermath of the meltdown over a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Jordan, speaking at a panel discussion sponsored by the D.C. newspaper Politico, was...

9:44 PM Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

Rep. Jim Jordan says he’s prepared to “do everything I can” to help a House Freedom Caucus member who the Trump administration threatened to try to unseat in the aftermath of the meltdown over a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Jordan, speaking at a panel discussion sponsored by the D.C. newspaper Politico, was...
Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington
 Former Sen. John Glenn now rests in the same earth that he once marveled at from a tiny window inside the Friendship 7 in 1962. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at 95, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday in a small private ceremony with family and close friends, months after thousands visited him as he laid in state in the Ohio Statehouse...

4:33 PM Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

Former Sen. John Glenn now rests in the same earth that he once marveled at from a tiny window inside the Friendship 7 in 1962. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at 95, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday in a small private ceremony with family and close friends, months after thousands visited him as he laid in state in the Ohio Statehouse...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan fights back: Tweets ‘don’t change facts’
 NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, went on CNN’s State of the Union to react to President Donald Trump’s Friday tweetstorm attacking him and members of the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan and the caucus did not support Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan last week and essentially forced Ryan to pull...

7:18 PM Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, went on CNN’s State of the Union to react to President Donald Trump’s Friday tweetstorm attacking him and members of the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan and the caucus did not support Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan last week and essentially forced Ryan to pull...
Local Congressman Jordan responds to political threat from President Trump
 President Donald Trump is taking aim at conservatives in his own party. Days after the U.S. House Freedom Caucus members, including local Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Warren Davidson, stopped Trump’s health care plan, the president issued a threat to the group. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they...

1:35 PM Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017

President Donald Trump is taking aim at conservatives in his own party. Days after the U.S. House Freedom Caucus members, including local Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Warren Davidson, stopped Trump’s health care plan, the president issued a threat to the group. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they...
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