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  • January 07, 2010

    — by Bob Downing
    Ohio is getting nearly $24 million in federal stimulus funds to train workers for clean-energy jobs. The announcement came today from U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Ohio's congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, and Tim Ryan, D-Niles. Five grants from the federal Energy... Read More
  • January 07, 2010

    — by Peter Urban
    The grants for Ohio would be used in 48 counties, including Ross, Pike, Hamilton, Clermont, Richland, Sandusky and Crawford, to retrain nearly 2,300 displaced workers. The $14.7 million in additional grants is expected to retrain 6,600 workers in the states sharing the funds. "These funds are targeted for communities that have been hit hardest by... Read More
  • January 06, 2010

    — by Cathy Levin, Co-Chairwoman, Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage
    To the Editor: As the Senate wraps up debate on health care reform, Ohioans should feel fortunate to have the leadership of Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is a critical voice in the effort to expand access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans. Throughout this monumental effort to overcome the power of special interests, Sen. Brown... Read More
  • January 06, 2010

    — by Heather Miller
    TOLEDO, Ohio - US Senator Sherrod Brown spent Tuesday afternoon in Toledo discussing "the future of Toledo." He provided an update on federal efforts to create jobs in the region during a round table with community and government leaders. Sen. Brown outlined his efforts to bring new clean energy jobs to Northwest Ohio and help small businesses... Read More
  • January 05, 2010

    — by Ron Selak Jr.
    WARREN - A Warren business is among local companies hopeful that they will be able to take advantage of last week's decision by the federal government to impose new duties on Chinese-government subsidized steel imports.Monday the chief executive officer of Backyard Buddy in Warren said until now, steep declines in his sales, which he directly... Read More
  • January 03, 2010

    — by Editorial
    As health-reform legislation continues to advance through the House-Senate conference process and discussions continue about children's health-care coverage, one issue must remain a priority: ensuring access to high-quality health care for our nation's children.Sharing and acting on our concern is U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, a true champion... Read More
  • December 31, 2009

    — by Meghan Rozsa
    LORAIN — As long as China continues to import tons of steel products into the United States that can be sold cheaply, employees at facilities such as U.S. Steel in Lorain will lose their jobs.In an effort to revitalize the steel industry, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Rep Betty Sutton applauded a ruling yesterday by the... Read More
  • December 30, 2009

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Dec. 18 that former nuclear energy workers at the Piqua Organic Moderated Reactor will receive compensation and health benefits as part of the Special Exposure Cohort program.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the designation, which will... Read More
  • December 30, 2009

    — by Sam Stein
    With just weeks left to affect the content of health care reform, a leading progressive group is launching a last-ditch effort to ensure that a public option for insurance coverage ends up in the final bill. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is targeting four liberal members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, urging them to filibuster... Read More
  • 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