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  • June 12, 2013

    — by Lou Wilin
    U.S. Rep. Bob Latta said Tuesday he has been doing all he can to speed up federal funding for flood-reduction efforts in the Blanchard River watershed. He and U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman and other lawmakers were accused by Gov. John Kasich on Monday of not pushing hard enough for federal money. Brown, a Democrat, and Portman, a... Read More
  • June 12, 2013

    — by Evan Bevins
    Interest rates on certain kinds of federal loans to college students could double as a result of the latest Washington, D.C., stalemate, but even then, they will likely remain a viable option for many college students, a Marietta College official said. Separate Democratic and Republican bills to stop the increase on federally subsidized Stafford... Read More
  • June 10, 2013

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, June 10, the US Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, legislation that includes provisions authored by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that would save taxpayers $24 billion, while creating jobs and boosting rural development. Brown included a number of provisions into the base text of the... Read More
  • June 10, 2013

    CINCINNATI — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator and two of its House members will team up with all-time football stars to push for a commemorative coin to benefit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sen. Rob Portman and GOP Reps. Bob Gibbs and Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) plan a press conference Tuesday in Washington with Hall of Fame... Read More
  • June 08, 2013

    — by Linda Martz
    MANSFIELD — Currency manipulation by countries including China, Singapore and Malaysia has left some small manufacturers across Ohio struggling to maintain healthy volume of exports, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday. As evidence, Brown cited a U.S. Department of Labor list of companies certified to receive Trade Adjustment... Read More
  • June 08, 2013

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lisa Peng hasn't seen her father since her seventh birthday party in 2003. But she holds on to the hope she says he instilled in her. That hope makes the Shaker Heights 16-year-old optimistic that her father and other prisoners of conscience in China will find justice and freedom. And she is working hard to make that happen. In... Read More
  • June 07, 2013

    — by Brenda J. Linert
    WARREN - The number of Trumbull County workers seeking help after being displaced by competition from foreign imports is the second highest among all 88 Ohio counties, according to a report released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Between 1994 and 2011, 2,860 Trumbull County workers, most in manufacturing, were certified to receive Trade... Read More
  • June 07, 2013

    — by Jim Tankersley
    If there’s one thing President Obama and a lot of Congressional Republicans agree on – and really, it might just be the one thing – it’s the idea that Congress should give the president renewed powers to negotiate trade agreements with other countries. But Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a longtime critic of American trade... Read More
  • June 07, 2013

    — by Richard Payerchin
    LORAIN — New regulations on currency exchange rates would save American jobs and add new ones, said Sen. Sherrod Brown. Yesterday, Brown announced he is introducing legislation that would reform and enhance oversight of currency exchange rates. The bill is called the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013. In April, the... Read More
  • June 05, 2013

    — by Tristan Navera
    As local leaders seek to improve the job outlook, national numbers again point to an income disparity between men and women nationally. The National Women’s Law Center reports women working full-time make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. The center pointed to a disproportionate concentration of women working in... Read More
  • June 05, 2013

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    Sen. Sherrod Brown has asked consumer watchdog Richard Cordray to rein in abusive debt collection practices. Brown, D-Ohio, wrote a letter to fellow Ohioan Cordray, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, this week urging him to examine debt collection practices that are abusive to consumers, such as asking for payments on debts that... Read More
  • June 05, 2013

    — by Abby Smith
    WASHINGTON —  Sen. Sherrod Brown will reintroduce today a bill that aims to discourage what he claims is currency manipulation by China, which he and critics contend hurts exports of American manufactured goods to China. The bill, which has bipartisan support and easily passed the Senate in 2011 before dying in the House, would require... Read More
  • June 05, 2013

    — by Jill Riepenhoff
    With debt collectors bearing down on consumers for credit-card, medical and mortgage debts, Sen. Sherrod Brown is ramping up his message to the federal consumer-watchdog agency to help, and soon. The Ohio Democrat sent a letter yesterday — his third in a year — to Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,... Read More
  • June 05, 2013

    — by Abby Smith
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to reintroduce a bill today to discourage what he says is currency manipulation by China that hurts exports of American manufactured goods. The bill, which has bipartisan support and easily passed the Senate in 2011 before dying in the House, would require President Barack Obama to impose tariffs on... Read More
  • June 04, 2013

    — by Leslie Barrett
    WEST FARMINGTON, Ohio - A new sanitary sewer system is in the works for West Farmington village in Trumbull County. Senator Sherrod Brown's office says federal, state and local funding will support the $4.54 million project. Sewer service will be provided to 179 households, eight businesses, a community center and village hall. The construction... Read More
  • June 04, 2013

    — by James McGowan
    I would like to thank our United States senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, for supporting Ohio’s retailers by voting for the Marketplace Fairness Act. This bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate by a large margin, will level the playing field for stores like Macy’s – which employ thousands of greater Cincinnatians... Read More
  • June 04, 2013

    — by David Skeel
    “The giant banks and their defenders insist that the changes [as a result of Sen. Brown’s proposed bill]-which would require them to boost the value of their stock and other equity to 15% of the value of their total assets-are unnecessary and would have dangerous consequences for the U.S. economy and our financial competitiveness. Both... Read More
  • May 20, 2013

    — by The Editorial Board
    Perhaps the best way to view the world's largest banks is not as companies, but as nations unto themselves. Like rogue states, they profit from their ability to wreak havoc on the world, borrowing for less because lenders know that governments wouldn't dare let them collapse. And like opportunistic governments, they are brilliant at playing nation... Read More
  • May 19, 2013

    — by Cliff Peale
    CINCINNATI -- Mary Knauff would like to start saving money, for retirement or for some future spending. But because of about $28,000 in student loans, which she's paid down to about $17,000, the 2010 Xavier University graduate will continue living paycheck to paycheck. "It's sort of disheartening," said Knauff, 25. "I knew going in that I was going... Read More