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  • December 26, 2009

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON - Health care reform has been a lifetime goal for Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, the son of a country doctor. This year's drive to fix the system was a chance for him to finally win changes on his longtime wish list, like reducing prescription drug costs and establishing a public health care option as an alternative to profit-driven... Read More
  • December 25, 2009

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said there were "about 31 million" reasons why he voted in favor of the health-care bill. Brown wanted a government-run health-care plan in the bill. But while saying the final Senate bill is "not perfect," Brown said it nonetheless "will lower costs for middle-class families with insurance, while providing help... Read More
  • December 24, 2009

    — by Kevin O'Leary
    With the job outlook grim, unemployed workers received an unexpected boost this week as President Obama signed legislation authorizing a six-month extension of the COBRA health care subsidy program that was part of the economic stimulus bill passed in February. "That makes me pretty happy," says Don Hall, 56, who lives outside Sandusky, Ohio. A... Read More
  • December 23, 2009

    — by Jonathan RIskind
    WASHINGTON -- A Mount Gilead-based electricity cooperative has received an early Christmas present from the federal government in the form of a $2.4 million grant and loan package that will help extend broadband access to parts of rural central Ohio. A broad array of Ohio Democrats yesterday touted the federal stimulus dollars won by Consolidated... Read More
  • December 21, 2009

    — by E. J. Dionne Jr.
    For progressives, the question on the health-care battle going forward is not whether they have a right to be angry but whether they can direct their fury toward constructive ends. The alternative is to pursue a temporarily satisfying and ultimately self-defeating politics of protest. Of course what has happened on the health-care bill is enraging.... Read More
  • December 17, 2009

    — by Stephen Koff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A U.S. Senate committee Thursday moved to require better safety measures for long-distance buses, including passenger lap and shoulder belts, stronger roofs and window glazing to keep passengers from being ejected. But the legislation, a result of motorcoach crashes like the one in 2007 that killed five members of Ohio's... Read More
  • December 16, 2009

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    Sen. Sherrod Brown is backing a plan unveiled today by Vice President Biden to expand a clean energy manufacturing tax credit cap to $5 billion - as long as the money goes to create jobs in the United States. The Ohio Democrat said that he is concerned about reports that "a planned Texas wind farm receiving more than $425 million in Recovery Act... Read More
  • December 15, 2009

    — by Ezra Klein
    Right on the heels of Joe Lieberman trying to kill the bill because it had a Medicare buy-in proposal, Howard Dean is exhorting Democrats to kill the bill because it doesn't have a Medicare buy-in proposal. Sigh. So let this serve as an encomium to Ron Wyden, Tom Harkin, Chuck Schumer, Sherrod Brown, Chris Dodd and Jay Rockefeller, among many... Read More
  • December 15, 2009

    — by David M. Drucker
    Liberal Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Tuesday indicated he is withholding support for Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) health care reform package in the wake of moves to drop the public insurance option and a proposal to expand Medicare aimed at satisfying Democratic moderates. Brown, speaking to reporters on his way to a meeting of... Read More
  • December 14, 2009

    — by Kate Pickert
    Senators Sherrod Brown, Bernie Sanders and Al Franken just introduced an amendment to the Senate health reform legislation that will make the unions happy. They proposed eliminating the bill's tax on so-called “Cadillac health plans” and replacing it with a new tax on immensely rich Americans. The new tax would be 5.4% and would apply... Read More
  • December 10, 2009

    — by Mark Drajem
    (Bloomberg) — Proposals in the U.S. Congress and European Union to cut greenhouse-gas emissions might reduce exports of Chinese goods by 20 percent, a World Bank study said. The exports would be reduced if the U.S. and EU enacted taxes on imports from countries that don't require curbs on carbon-dioxide emissions. Senator Sherrod Brown of... Read More
  • December 09, 2009

    — by Jonathan Riskind and Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has been one of the leading advocates of a federal health-insurance plan, now seems to be willing to live without it. The Ohioan was among a group of 10 Democratic senators last night who agreed to drop the government plan from the Senate version of the health-reform bill. In return, the senators chose to allow... Read More
  • December 04, 2009

    — by Stephen Koff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Whenever Democrats talk about their proposed federally backed insurance plan, or public option, in the ongoing health-care debate, critics pipe up. If you think this public option is so great, they say, why don't you demand that all members of Congress go on it, too? Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says that's a fine idea.... Read More
  • December 03, 2009

    — by John M. Broder
    A group of Senate Democrats who are considered swing votes on pending climate change and energy legislation sent a letter to President Obama Thursday morning detailing their conditions for supporting any domestic bill or international treaty to address global warming. To read the rest of this article, please click the source link above. Read More
  • December 01, 2009

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    Gov. Ted Strickland came to Washington today to tell the U.S. International Trade Commission that it is time to impose penalties on Chinese companies allegedly dumping too-cheap steel tubing into American markets. Earlier this year, steel meels in Lorain and Youngstown and Warren were forced to lay off workers after "massive" imports of steel... Read More
  • November 30, 2009

    — by Doug Palmer and Peter Cooney
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama Monday to back legislation requiring the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a long list of other trade pacts they blame for millions of lost U.S. manufacturing jobs. "We want trade and plenty of it, but we want trade under new rules. The TRADE Act... Read More
  • November 25, 2009

    — by Sen. Sherrod Brown
    Earlier this month, our nation celebrated Veterans Day - a time to give thanks to those who served in our military and returned home to strengthen our communities.On a recent trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, I met with our troops, military commanders, and foreign officials - escorted by an Army Major from Geauga County.  In a mess hall at the... Read More
  • November 21, 2009

    — by William Laney
    A U.S. Congressman wants to add a public policy arrow to the national health care quiver. Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, co-sponsored legislation this week to guarantee paid sick days for those who are infected by the H1N1 as part of a larger overall national policy to combat the spread of the virus. Brown, who held a media... Read More
  • November 20, 2009

    — by Peter Urban
    WASHINGTON -- Ohio residents deemed most at risk for the H1N1 virus should have been vaccinated by now, and vaccination efforts now are focusing on a larger at-risk population, the state health director said. Of the roughly 1.5 million Ohioans who face the greatest risk of illness from the virus, most have received vaccinations, said Dr. Alvin... Read More
  • November 20, 2009

    — by Benjamin Duer
    Many U.S. workers do not get paid sick days. That’s cause for concern during the current outbreak of influenza, because some, unable to afford the lost pay, go to work sick rather than stay home and recoup, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon. Brown said such workers are less productive when they are sick, and can spread the virus to other... Read More