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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Local Congressman Davidson proposes idea: Buy bricks to build the border wall
 It started, as these things often do, with a few asides to Rep. Warren Davidson, a Troy Republican who represents one of the most conservative congressional districts in the state. Frustrated by the standoff over the proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall, constituents would sidle up to him and tell him that they wish they could donate to...

Posted: a day ago

It started, as these things often do, with a few asides to Rep. Warren Davidson, a Troy Republican who represents one of the most conservative congressional districts in the state. Frustrated by the standoff over the proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall, constituents would sidle up to him and tell him that they wish they could donate to...
Democrats in Ohio's congressional delegation were quick to dismiss Trump's offer
 “Let me be clear: this shutdown should have never happened," said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, who said Trump allowed the partial government shutdown after "several right-wing television and radio hosts got under his skin." "Our priority should be to reopen the government, and the House has been committed to doing that...

Posted: 2 days ago

“Let me be clear: this shutdown should have never happened," said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, who said Trump allowed the partial government shutdown after "several right-wing television and radio hosts got under his skin." "Our priority should be to reopen the government, and the House has been committed to doing that...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman hopes group of senators can reach shutdown deal
 Sen. Rob Portman expressed hope Tuesday that he and a small group of senators can forge a compromise that would be acceptable to President Donald Trump and end the partial shutdown of the government that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed. In a conference call with reporters, Portman, R-Ohio, said he and senators...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sen. Rob Portman expressed hope Tuesday that he and a small group of senators can forge a compromise that would be acceptable to President Donald Trump and end the partial shutdown of the government that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed. In a conference call with reporters, Portman, R-Ohio, said he and senators...
Ohio lawmaker wants Trump to negotiate shutdown deal at State of the Union
 Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson has an idea for how best to use President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: For some good, old-fashioned deal making. In a statement released Monday, Johnson, a Marietta Republican, called for the Jan. 29 address to be used to resolve the partial government shutdown if a deal has not yet been reached...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson has an idea for how best to use President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: For some good, old-fashioned deal making. In a statement released Monday, Johnson, a Marietta Republican, called for the Jan. 29 address to be used to resolve the partial government shutdown if a deal has not yet been reached...
For first time since shutdown, some Ohio federal workers go without paycheck
 For more than 6,500 Ohioans employed by the federal government, Friday marked a grim milestone: The first day they have missed a paycheck since the government partially shut down on Dec. 22. What it means varies, but it’s never a win. For the 10 married couples who work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, it meant no...

Posted: 8 days ago

For more than 6,500 Ohioans employed by the federal government, Friday marked a grim milestone: The first day they have missed a paycheck since the government partially shut down on Dec. 22. What it means varies, but it’s never a win. For the 10 married couples who work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Elkton, it meant no...
Local Rep. Turner to Trump: Don’t ‘cannibalize’ defense money for border wall
 Rep. Mike Turner has sharply warned the Trump administration that it would be “completely unacceptable” to divert federal dollars from military construction projects such as those at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to build a wall along the Texas border. With Trump repeating his threat Thursday to declare a national...

Posted: 11 days ago

Rep. Mike Turner has sharply warned the Trump administration that it would be “completely unacceptable” to divert federal dollars from military construction projects such as those at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton to build a wall along the Texas border. With Trump repeating his threat Thursday to declare a national...
Senators Portman, Brown, some Ohio lawmakers decline pay during shutdown
 At least half of Ohio's congressional delegation say they will not accept a paycheck while the federal government is operating under a partial shutdown.  On a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman said he "won’t be accepting my pay during the shutdown."   The Republican said President...

Posted: 13 days ago

At least half of Ohio's congressional delegation say they will not accept a paycheck while the federal government is operating under a partial shutdown.  On a conference call with Ohio reporters Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman said he "won’t be accepting my pay during the shutdown."   The Republican said President...
Congressman Turner against any funds OK’d for Wright-Patt, NASIC to go for border wall
 Two key Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday said that they do not believe that President Donald Trump should use military construction dollars to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, both said they opposed the prospect of using defense construction...

Posted: 13 days ago

Two key Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday said that they do not believe that President Donald Trump should use military construction dollars to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, both said they opposed the prospect of using defense construction...
Former Ohio State, NFL football player joins Congress
 The walls of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s Capitol Hill office are bare, but Gonzalez knows how he’d like to decorate them: He’d like to post Polaroids of the people who visit from Ohio — faces of the people he now represents. What the Ohio House delegation’s newest member won’t do is make it a tribute to his...

Posted: 15 days ago

The walls of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s Capitol Hill office are bare, but Gonzalez knows how he’d like to decorate them: He’d like to post Polaroids of the people who visit from Ohio — faces of the people he now represents. What the Ohio House delegation’s newest member won’t do is make it a tribute to his...
Nancy Pelosi elected speaker as more than 100 women sworn in to Congress
 Nancy Pelosi took control as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on a historic day Thursday as more than 100 women were sworn into Congress - a new record. Pelosi, the first female speaker, become one of the few in history to serve as speaker twice. The 116th Congress took office as the government approaches week two of a partial...

Posted: 18 days ago

Nancy Pelosi took control as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on a historic day Thursday as more than 100 women were sworn into Congress - a new record. Pelosi, the first female speaker, become one of the few in history to serve as speaker twice. The 116th Congress took office as the government approaches week two of a partial...
Brown’s everyman appeal has some pushing him to run for president
 Since Sherrod Brown said he was considering running for president, the New York Times and the New Yorker have written glowing profiles — both, unsurprisingly, including the word “rumpled.” The magazine “The Week” called him “the Democrats’ best shot in 2020.” Two Ohio Democrats, including Dayton...

Posted: 23 days ago

Since Sherrod Brown said he was considering running for president, the New York Times and the New Yorker have written glowing profiles — both, unsurprisingly, including the word “rumpled.” The magazine “The Week” called him “the Democrats’ best shot in 2020.” Two Ohio Democrats, including Dayton...