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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...

7:47 PM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

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...

3:25 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

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...

9:08 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

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...

12:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

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...

9:59 PM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

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...

8:55 PM Sunday, Aug. 06, 2017

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...

7:38 PM Sunday, Aug. 06, 2017

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

2:59 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

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...

1:19 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

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...

1:14 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

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...
Portman blasts State Department for not not countering Russia propaganda
 Sen. Rob Portman is sharply criticizing the State Department after reports that it has yet to request money already appropriated to help counter Russian propaganda.  “Congress has provided substantial resources to combat foreign propaganda, particularly from Russia. There is broad agreement that the U.S. Government is behind the...

12:55 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

Sen. Rob Portman is sharply criticizing the State Department after reports that it has yet to request money already appropriated to help counter Russian propaganda.  “Congress has provided substantial resources to combat foreign propaganda, particularly from Russia. There is broad agreement that the U.S. Government is behind the...
All eyes on one Democrat yet to make decision on run for governor
 Even as Richard Cordray declines to say a word publicly on whether he will run for governor, a number of Democrats are increasingly convinced that the head of the federal consumer bureau will return to Ohio and compete for next year’s Democratic nomination. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Although Ohio Democratic...

10:00 AM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Even as Richard Cordray declines to say a word publicly on whether he will run for governor, a number of Democrats are increasingly convinced that the head of the federal consumer bureau will return to Ohio and compete for next year’s Democratic nomination. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Although Ohio Democratic...
Brown: Trump should buy ID protection for voters after info released
 Sen. Sherrod Brown is furious that the White House has published emails containing personal information from people who wrote to express concern about the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The White House released 112 pages of comments on its website July 14 without redacting the information, which in some cases...

7:47 PM Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017

Sen. Sherrod Brown is furious that the White House has published emails containing personal information from people who wrote to express concern about the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The White House released 112 pages of comments on its website July 14 without redacting the information, which in some cases...
Senators going after website accused of aiding sex trafficking
 For two years now, Sens. Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill have been waging a war against a website that one watchdog called “the Walmart” of child sex trafficking. On Tuesday, they — along with more than 20 other senators from both parties — began the process of adding a new tool to their arsenal. The duo introduced...

2:26 PM Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017

For two years now, Sens. Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill have been waging a war against a website that one watchdog called “the Walmart” of child sex trafficking. On Tuesday, they — along with more than 20 other senators from both parties — began the process of adding a new tool to their arsenal. The duo introduced...
Obamacare repeal fails again in Senate; McCain key ‘no’ vote
 With Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic decisive vote, the Senate early Friday morning narrowly defeated a scaled back bill dismantling the 2010 health law, leaving in question the future of GOP promises to repeal the law known as Obamacare. The 49-51 defeat – capping hours of drama on the Senate floor - left open the question of whether...

10:32 PM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

With Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic decisive vote, the Senate early Friday morning narrowly defeated a scaled back bill dismantling the 2010 health law, leaving in question the future of GOP promises to repeal the law known as Obamacare. The 49-51 defeat – capping hours of drama on the Senate floor - left open the question of whether...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan says colleges are against free speech
 College campuses – once considered the bastion of free speech in America – have recently become anything but, an Ohio lawmaker says. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said he’s concerned about a series of incidents on college campuses where controversial speeches have been shut down or cancelled because of fears of protestors interrupting...

9:45 PM Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017

College campuses – once considered the bastion of free speech in America – have recently become anything but, an Ohio lawmaker says. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said he’s concerned about a series of incidents on college campuses where controversial speeches have been shut down or cancelled because of fears of protestors interrupting...
Ohio senators Brown, Portman help kill plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement
 Senate Republican leaders hope to salvage their efforts to dramatically revise the 2010 health law by pushing through a scaled-down package that would keep alive chances for reaching agreement on a broader bill with House Republicans. The emerging Republican strategy is an attempt to try to fulfill seven years of campaign promises that if...

4:31 PM Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017

Senate Republican leaders hope to salvage their efforts to dramatically revise the 2010 health law by pushing through a scaled-down package that would keep alive chances for reaching agreement on a broader bill with House Republicans. The emerging Republican strategy is an attempt to try to fulfill seven years of campaign promises that if...
Senate GOP fails to repeal Obamacare in late night vote
 UPDATE 10:14 P.M.: After the Senate narrowly voted to open debate on the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, their coalition fell apart in minutes when a vote to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act - along with amendments added by Ted Cruz and Rob Portman - were voted down, with nine Republicans...

4:38 PM Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017

UPDATE 10:14 P.M.: After the Senate narrowly voted to open debate on the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, their coalition fell apart in minutes when a vote to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act - along with amendments added by Ted Cruz and Rob Portman - were voted down, with nine Republicans...
Congressmen Jordan, Davidson pushing welfare reform plan
 More than 20 years after Bill Clinton, John Kasich and Newt Gingrich reformed “welfare as we know it,” two Ohio lawmakers are vowing to do it again, saying the government must do more to encourage people to work rather than live off of federal largesse. Reps. Jim Jordan, R–Urbana, and Warren Davidson, R–Troy, want...

6:45 PM Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017

More than 20 years after Bill Clinton, John Kasich and Newt Gingrich reformed “welfare as we know it,” two Ohio lawmakers are vowing to do it again, saying the government must do more to encourage people to work rather than live off of federal largesse. Reps. Jim Jordan, R–Urbana, and Warren Davidson, R–Troy, want...
Former presidential candidate to visit Ohio next week
  From nearly the moment he was nominated as Energy Secretary, Ohio’s two senators have been pestering Energy Secretary Rick Perry to visit Piketon, Ohio, home of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and former American Centrifuge Project facility. On Friday, Sen. Rob Portman announced, the visit was put on the calendar. RELATED...

3:12 PM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

From nearly the moment he was nominated as Energy Secretary, Ohio’s two senators have been pestering Energy Secretary Rick Perry to visit Piketon, Ohio, home of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant and former American Centrifuge Project facility. On Friday, Sen. Rob Portman announced, the visit was put on the calendar. RELATED...
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