Senator Brown received the President’s Award from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) on July 16th for his work on the 2008 Farm Bill. The award, which was presented at the NCGA’s biannual Corn Congress in Washington, is given each year to a single member of Congress who has actively worked and raised awareness on grower issues. Senator Brown is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in over 40 years and worked to reform the 2008 farm bill to better protect Ohio farmers while saving taxpayer dollars.
On Tuesday, July 15, 2008, Senator Brown spoke at a meeting of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) HIV/AIDS Task Force among distinguished speakers such as Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. The CSIS HIV/AIDS Task Force started in 2001 and seeks to strengthen the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world. Senator Brown emphasized the importance of investing in tuberculosis prevention and control in order to continue progress on global HIV and AIDS.
On Monday, July 14, 2008, Senator Brown delivered petitions signed by more than 9,000 members of the Wilmington community to Mike Schmitt, Director of Hub Operations at DHL Worldwide. Senator Brown was accompanied by more than one hundred fifty DHL, ABX, and ASTAR Air Cargo employees and their families.
On Sunday, July 13, 2008, Senator Brown accompanied Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory to give opening greetings to delegates at the first public mass meeting of the convention.
Senator Brown met with Students from the Project Grad program at LCCC, discussing a wide range of topics, including public service, education, and the war in Iraq.
Senator Brown joined Clinton County business leaders and families affected by DHL’s proposed deal with UPS for a roundtable discussion. Brown sought community input and discussed his efforts to prevent the loss of more than 8,000 jobs in the Wilmington area.
Senator Brown was holding roundtable discussions all over Ohio the week of July 4th, 2008.
Senator Brown chaired a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on June 24 about the rise of antimicrobial resistance. The hearing addressed the proliferation of methicillin-Staphylococcusaureus (MRSA) and other drug resistant infections.
Senator Brown joined the Columbus Housing Partnership and homeowners facing foreclosure on June 23, 2008 to discuss federal legislation that would help homeowners avoid foreclosure and revitalize struggling communities. Brown toured a rehabbed home on North 21st St., a block that has been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis.
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) held a press conference June 17th with Virginia Hoover, a single mother who was laid off from her job last November, to discuss Democrats’ efforts to extend unemployment benefits. In May the U.S. economy lost jobs for the fifth straight month, including the single largest monthly increase in unemployment – from 5 percent to 5.5 percent – since 1986. Democrats know we cannot afford to wait while this problem only worsens; we have an obligation to act now.
Senator Brown spoke to a large group of interns from all over Capitol Hill on June 11, 2008 about the importance of public service.
Senator Brown met with community leaders on June 9, 2008 at Terra Community College as part of a statewide tour to discuss how the federal government can assist with local growth.
Senator Brown was joined by Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood), and other members of Congress at a Capitol Hill news conference to introduce the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act.
Senator Brown and Representative Mike Michaud joined together to highlight their opposition to the pending Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Senator Brown was joined by Colombian union and U.S. labor leaders at the news conference.
Senator Brown spoke at a foreign policy forum hosted by the SAIS Center on Politics and Foreign Relations and the Financial Times on "A View From Capitol Hill".