Sen. Brown's presentation was entitled "Made in Ohio: Why the U.S. Needs a National Manufacturing Strategy"
On EITC Awareness Day, Sen. Brown Reveals that Critical Tax Credit Returned Nearly $2 Billion to Ohioans' Pockets »
As tax season approaches, Sen. Brown reminded all eligible Ohio workers to maximize their tax returns by filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). On EITC Awareness Day, he visited Central Community House, a free tax preparation site, in Columbus. Last year, nearly 929,000 Ohioans saved almost $2 billion through this federal credit, but thousands of Ohioans miss out on this credit each year by failing to apply.
Only ten percent of Ohio children who receive nutrition assistance during the school year take advantage of programs aimed at addressing childhood hunger during the summer months. Sen. Brown—a leading voice in the U.S. Congress for eradicating hunger and improving childhood nutrition—spoke today during a statewide forum he convened at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank aimed at addressing the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Sen. Brown convened today to summit to ensure more children can receive nutrition assistance during the summer months.
Sen. Brown and U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Lamb-Hale toured First Solar, a Perrysburg-based manufacturer of thin film solar modules.
If you are an Ohio Constituent visiting Washington, DC you are invited to Sen. Brown's weekly constituent coffee. He hold these coffees in order to stay in touch with Ohioans and get feedback on how we are doing. Feel free to stop by. Coffees are generally held on Thursdays when the Senate is in session in room SVC 201 of the Capitol Visitors Center from 8:30 to 9:15 AM. For more information, see the coffee section on my homepage.
Sen. Brown announced at a senior health center that Ohio seniors receiving Medicare can now receive free preventive health screenings with no co-payments or deductibles. As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – the new health reform law –Medicare beneficiaries will also receive free annual wellness check-ups and 50 percent discounts on brand-name drugs and biologics in the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole.”
Sen. Brown toured the JELD-WEN, Inc. window factory and met with workers. The Mount Vernon Company benefitted from provisions in the Recovery Act that encouraged the purchase of energy-efficient windows and doors like those made at the factory.
Sen. Brown presented the Purple Heart to Ohio WWII Veteran Michael Demich of Lorain. The U.S. Army Veteran received the Purple Heart and additional service medals to replace the medals stolen during a home invasion. Sen. Brown’s office offered to assist Mr. Demich following the theft. Brown was joined by Susan Fuehrer, Director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, for the presentation.
Sen. Brown and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman thanked volunteers and helped distribute food at the Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program Food Pantry (NNEMAP) in Columbus. Sen. Brown also released a report showing the increased demand for services provided by food pantries and banks in the central Ohio area.
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday and in the wake of new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data showing nearly one in seven Ohio families to be “food insecure,” Sen. Brown served meals and thanked volunteers at the Good Neighbors Food Pantry in Akron. Sen. Brown also released a report showing the increased demand for services provided by food pantries and food banks in the Akron area.
During a visit to Akron General Medical Center, Sen. Brown met with President and CEO Vince McCorkle and received a hands-on demonstration of our robotic surgical system and its capabilities from Eric Jenison, MD, Ross Marchetta, MD, and Karen Gil, PhD. Keith Herron and Pat Stedman arranged for the Senator to see the MIMIC Virtual Robotic Training Program for surgeons and residents. Sen. Brown has been involved in getting appropriated funding for the Akron General robotics program.
Sen. Brown spoke to over 100 students in the American Congress and American Presidency classes.