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  • January 29, 2009

    — by Chanda Neely
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown and United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard are calling for President Barack Obama’s upcoming stimulus package to include “Buy America” provisions. “Buy America” provisions are statutes that require stimulus funds to be spent on American-made products. “This is... Read More
  • January 28, 2009

    — by Brian Gadd
    ZANESVILLE - The State of Ohio stands to receive a windfall of federal support in the proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.And some of the federal funds could trickle down to local school districts, in addition to the more than $1 billion in stabilization aid being proposed for the... Read More
  • January 27, 2009

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is in Ohio caring for his ailing mother, but through spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak, he had this reaction to Obama’s moves to reverse the Bush administration on emissions: “The senator feels for the past eight years the issue of climate change has really been ignored by the Bush administration. He appreciates... Read More
  • January 27, 2009

    — by Melissa Topey
    Tiffin and Fostoria officials expect to be pursuing federal aid for sewer projects, should a $5 billion provision be included in a federal stimulus package. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and seven other senators are asking for $5 billion to be placed in a grant program in the federal aid package to help municipalities separate combined sewer... Read More
  • January 27, 2009

    — by John M. Broder
    WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is moving quickly to act on the environmental promises that were a centerpiece of his campaign. But tackling global warming will be far more difficult — and more costly — than the new emissions standards for automobiles he ordered with the stroke of a pen on Monday.Already, the congressional Democrats... Read More
  • January 14, 2009

    — by Gazette Staff
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has asked Congress and the Obama administration for $100 million in disaster relief funds for economically distressed communities that have experienced sudden and severe economic downturns due to corporate restructuring.A prime example of communities the funding could help, Brown said, is Wilmington, facing the pending... Read More
  • January 14, 2009

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announces that $1 million has been awarded to the Veterans Administration Healthcare System of Ohio by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The funds were awarded to regional health care systems to improve services specifically designed for veterans in rural areas.“Many Ohio veterans travel long distances to receive... Read More
  • January 14, 2009

    — by Jonathan Riskind
    There are no end of ideas about how much to spend and on what in the massive economic stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Obama and congressional leaders. But Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is chipping in with an idea of his own.Brown wants the package to include $100 million that could be divided up among cities and regions... Read More
  • January 13, 2009

    — by KRISTINA SMITH HORN
    FREMONT -- Brenda Bilal hasn't lost the euphoria she felt the night Barack Obama was elected president.For Bilal, Obama's election meant a number of inspiring things -- the first black president, a message of hope and positive change coming during the worst economic times since the Great Depression and a chance to bring the troops home from Iraq.So... Read More
  • January 13, 2009

    Two Lorain County youths have been nominated to attend the Military Academy at West Point, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Shane Brockey, of Amherst, who attends Marion L. Steele High School, and Christophre Kuzak, of South Amherst, who attends Culver Military Academy, are among 50 Ohio students nominated to U.S.... Read More
  • January 12, 2009

    — by Kim Wendel
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Bainbridge, have both commented on U.S. Sen. George Voinovich's announcment today that he will not seek re-election in 2010.Brown said, "For more than four decades, George has been a dedicated public servant and advocate for Ohio. It's been an honor working alongside... Read More
  • January 12, 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently announced legislation that would create green jobs in Ohio and expand access to health insurance for small businesses and self-employed individuals."Creating good-paying jobs and expanding health coverage must be top priorities in the new Congress," Brown said. "After holding more than 126... Read More
  • January 10, 2009

    — by Sarah Jane Tribble
    The federal safety-net health insurance program created to provide coverage for pink-slipped workers has become too expensive for most Americans, according to a study released Friday. COBRA, which stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, took effect in 1986 and allows workers to keep their former employer's health insurance... Read More
  • January 09, 2009

    — by CHANDA NEELY
    LORAIN — The Lorain and Sheffield Village fire departments will each receive more than $70,000 from a national firefighters grants program.The Lorain Fire Department has been awarded $72,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program. The money will be used to pay for emergency equipment,... Read More
  • January 09, 2009

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas, while the House of Representatives prepared to act today. Ohio legislators offered these opinions: Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat: "For its first seven years, the Bush administration ignored the problems in the Middle East and allowed the... Read More
  • January 07, 2009

    — by ALAN INGRAM
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Sen. Sherrod Brown will get a raise this year, but they don't plan to keep the extra money, according to staff in their offices.Members of Congress will receive an automatic annual $4,700 cost-of-living pay increase this month, according to Kaptur's office. It will take effect unless Congress takes... Read More
  • January 06, 2009

    — by Kim Wendel
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the first day of the 111th Congress, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced legislation that would create green jobs in Ohio and expand access to health insurance for small businesses and self-employed individuals.  "Creating good-paying jobs and expanding health coverage must be top priorities in the new Congress,"... Read More
  • January 05, 2009

    — by Lynn Hulsey
    Help could be on the way.Many local, state and federal officials are optimistic the new year will bring relief to communities and states suffering under the yearlong recession."The senator is very hopeful that there will be help coming to Ohio," said Meghan Dubyak, press secretary for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who wants an economic stimulus bill... Read More
  • January 04, 2009

    During their years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican David L. Hobson and Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio would never have been regarded by anyone as good buddies.But as Hobson, a congressman from Springfield since 1991, left the House on Wednesday, Brown, now a U.S. senator, praised Hobson as "one of the most effective members of the... Read More
  • December 31, 2008

    — by Edd Pritchard
    While touring the Cleveland Clinic a few years ago, Ralph Regula noticed pins worn by some of the staff.“Patients first,” they read.Regula latched onto the phrase. He asked who made them for the hospital because he wanted buttons to read “constituents first” for his workers.“That’s what it’s all... Read More