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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Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress
 Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...

Posted: 2 days ago

Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known...
Local Republican congressman says Trump’s Syria strike ‘unconstitutional’
 Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it&rsquo...
Guns, opioids dominate talk at local Washington fly-in
 The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing...
Congress: Democrat Gasper outraises Turner; he keeps big money edge
 Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...

Posted: 7 days ago

Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati,...
Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington
 Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...

Posted: 9 days ago

Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan considering run for House speaker
 U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...

Posted: 11 days ago

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run...
Paul Ryan’s retirement could give Jim Jordan a higher platform
 House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...

Posted: 13 days ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision Wednesday not to seek re-election raised immediate speculation about whether Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, will attempt to wrest power from the moderate House Republican leadership after the election. For his part, Jordan insisted Republicans’ focus right now wasn’t on the next speaker; instead...
Former Speaker Boehner weighs in on Speaker Ryan leaving office
 Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...

Posted: 13 days ago

Former House Speaker John Boehner today said he believed current Speaker Paul Ryan stepped down after achieving his dream of passing a comprehensive tax bill and dismissed the notion that far-right conservatives will replace Ryan as speaker, saying “they can’t win.” “They know they can’t win,” he said,...
John Boehner joins marijuana group, says he has ‘evolved’
 Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...

Posted: 13 days ago

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, which calls itself one of the “nation’s largest, multi-state actively–managed cannabis corporations.” In a tweet sent early Wednesday, Boehner, a West Chester Republican who served as speaker from 2011 through 2015, said his “thinking...
Sherrod Brown says campaign set fundraising record in first quarter
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...

Posted: 14 days ago

Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $19.7 million for his re-election to date, and with eight months until Election Day has more than $11.8 million in the bank, according to his latest campaign finance report. Brown, a Democrat seeking his third term in the U.S. Senate, raised $3.3 million in the first quarter of this year alone. The $11...
Ohio braces for trade war over soybean tariffs
 As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...

Posted: 20 days ago

As the soybean industry assailed President Donald Trump today for launching a trade war with China, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Trump assured him that farmers in Ohio and across the country “will not be allowed to be the casualty in a trade dispute.” After an appearance before farmers here, Perdue acknowledged...