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".
Senator Brown met with Miss Hamilton and Miss Butler County Outstanding Teens on May 5th, 2008. They spoke with Sherrod for a while about their platforms and career plans.
Senator Brown was the keynote speaker at the Leadership Cincinnati Alumni “The Impact of Poverty on Our Community” event sponsored Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Talbert House, United Way, FreeStore Foodbank, and the Hamilton County Council on Aging and held at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Senator Brown spoke about poverty issues throughout the state and took questions from the audience afterward.
At the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University, Senator Brown today announced legislation that would help make clinical trials more accessible to patients diagnosed with cancer. Currently, many cancer patients who want to participate in a clinical trial cannot because of the financial burden it imposes on them and their family.
Senator Brown presented Major D. Brock Foster, USAF Retired, with the Distinguished Flying Cross forty years after he earned it for rescuing a downed pilot during an intense battle in Vietnam. Major Foster served in WWII, the Korean War and in the Vietnam War. The event was held at North Olmsted City Hall. People in attendance at the ceremony included Mayor Thomas O’Grady; Brigadier General Tim White, UASF Retired; Major Foster's wife Marjorie Foster and his daughter Dee Foster, who initiated the request with Senator Brown's office when she learned that her father hadn’t received the medal.
Senator Brown hosted a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on college access and affordability at The Ohio State University. The hearing, titled Fulfilling the Promise of an Affordable College Education addressed the effect the credit crunch and current market conditions are having on the availability of student loans, the continuing problem of rising tuition, and the fast growth of high cost private student loans.
Senator Brown met with a group of students from Kent State's Washington Program in National Issues and discuss issues and interests from the steps of the Capitol.
If you are an Ohio Constituent visiting Washington, DC you are invited to the Russell Building for the weekly constituent coffee with me, Senator Brown. My staff and I hold these coffees in order to stay in touch with Ohioans and get feedback on how we are doing. Feel free to stop by.