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  • June 27, 2013

    — by Stephen Koff
    Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was in the minority when, as a House of Representatives member, he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act.  After today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found the law unconstitutional, Brown issued this statement: “The Supreme Court today upheld our Constitution’s guarantees of equality.... Read More
  • June 27, 2013

    The U.S. celebrated on Tuesday the 75th anniversary of the Minimum Wage Act, which was signed by former president Franklin Roosevelt in 1938 and established a minimum wage standard. “Seventy-five years later, Ohioans who work hard should be able to take care of their families by earning a living wage,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said.... Read More
  • June 26, 2013

    Student-loan debt in the U.S. now tops $1 trillion, and while interest rates are near historic lows, the debt from many student loans is carried at interest rates of 10 percent or more. Those with private student loans often find them difficult to refinance, and they’re a drag on the economy, leaving less money for those in debt to buy... Read More
  • June 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON - Nine Democratic senators are urging President Barack Obama to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh until it improves worker safety. The president is expected by month's end to decide whether to curtail duty-free access for the South Asian nation because of labor rights concerns. One of the senators, Sherrod Brown, said Obama should... Read More
  • June 26, 2013

    Ohio has $375 million available for “foreclosure prevention.” But U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is recommending that fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich spend most of those funds on home demolition. In a letter to the governor, Mr. Portman urged the administration to “request as large of an amount as possible to be used for demolition... Read More
  • June 26, 2013

    — by Meagan Pant
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has a new bill aimed at allowing Americans burdened by private student loans to refinance at lower interest rates. Americans owe more than $150 billion in student loans to private banks and companies. Those borrowers are often among the most indebted of all college students and graduates; they can pay... Read More
  • June 25, 2013

    — by Shahien Nasiripour
    U.S. households struggling with expensive student debt would be able to refinance into cheaper loans at no cost to taxpayers under legislation to be proposed by Ohio's senior senator. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) will unveil as early as today a proposal to grant the secretary of the treasury, a position Jack Lew now occupies, the authority to create... Read More
  • June 24, 2013

    — by Stephen Koff
    Washington -- Suppose you took out an unsubsidized student loan to pay for college back before interest rates were so low. Now you’d like to refinance. But your lender won’t let you. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says this happens too often. Graduates and others who attended school with private loans five or six years ago are paying them back... Read More
  • June 21, 2013

    — by David Skolnick
    For Ohio’s two U.S. senators, the federal Hardest Hit Fund hasn’t hit Ohio hard enough. Both U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, requested Republican Gov. John Kasich seek an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to use a portion of the $570 million in federal money the state received from... Read More
  • June 21, 2013

    — by Ben Protess and Jessica Silver-Greenberg
    When federal regulators told Congress in April that they lacked basic plans for the oversight of consulting firms that advise big banks, one lawmaker had blunt advice: start adopting guidelines “this afternoon.” With changes yet to materialize, the lawmaker, Senator Sherrod Brown, plans to ratchet up the pressure on Friday in a letter... Read More
  • June 21, 2013

    — by Meagan Pant
    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is asking college graduates, students and their families to share their student loan stories with him via a new website, so he can tell the tales on the Senate floor as the nation’s leaders debate whether to allow the interest rate on some federal loans to double. Unless Congress votes to avoid it, the rate on new... Read More
  • June 20, 2013

    — by Jack Torry
    WASHINGTON — Eric Fanning, a graduate of Centerville High School near Dayton, is expected to assume the post of acting secretary of the U.S. Air Force on Friday. The likely promotion comes less than two months after the Senate confirmed Fanning, 44, as undersecretary of the Air Force. Fanning will replace Michael Donley, who officially leaves... Read More
  • June 20, 2013

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - As they slowly made their way around the World War II Memorial's granite pillars in wheelchairs pushed by relatives, the elderly Northeast Ohio veterans didn't expect to be treated as part of the exhibit. But a steady stream of tourists approached them to thank them for their role in fighting in World War II. "It overwhelms me,... Read More
  • June 19, 2013

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says there are ways to improve the Senate's sweeping immigration reform legislation, and one of those ways is to put back into the bill rules that give skilled American workers a ''fair shot at a fair wage'' for jobs before businesses hire skilled foreign workers. ''We need to make sure foreign workers aren't being hired at... Read More
  • June 19, 2013

    — by Beth Jokinen
    LIMA —A program that allows businesses to get visas and hire skilled foreign workers has its place, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, but only if Americans are considered for those jobs first. “When U.S. employers cannot find the technical workers essential to running their operations, businesses can recruit foreign workers to help fill the... Read More
  • June 19, 2013

    — by Margie Netzel
    American jobs should be offered to qualified  isAmerican workers first, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Tuesday. Brown, D-Avon, championed the H-1B visa program to reporters, but with an amendment that would require employers to hire American workers before seeking visas for foreign workers. “The H-1B visa program can help U.S. employers find... Read More
  • June 14, 2013

    — by Heather Rutz
    LIMA — The new National Defense Authorization Act has $168 million for the Abrams tank program in it, Task Force LIMA reported Thursday. The money will be for upgrades to tanks used by the National Guard, which is being asked to do more and more on front battle lines. The bill is in its first steps, introduced in the House. It is expected to... Read More
  • June 14, 2013

    — by John Arthur Hutchison
    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to remind Ohio residents that the Summer Food Service Program can provide nutritious meals or snacks for students who might not be able to have access to them while school is out. The federal nutrition program is run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which operates the program at more than 1,200 sites in the... Read More
  • June 13, 2013

    — by Stephen Koff
    Washington -- Thousands of children who rely on free or reduced-price lunch programs in their schools can still get meals in the summer through a network of school and community sites. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, today advised families to visit the Ohio Department of... Read More
  • June 13, 2013

    — by Marika Lee
    WASHINGTON — With poverty and food insecurity on the rise across Ohio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) is hoping to keep as many children as possible fed this summer. “Middle class families who used to work and donate at food banks now find themselves on the other end,” Brown said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. He... Read More