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  • October 03, 2018

    The crisis that is the opioid-addiction epidemic calls for pulling out all the stops with a governmental response. The package of bills approved by the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to address the catastrophe is the largest and most comprehensive measure aimed at stemming the opioid death toll yet. That it still will not be enough is... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    — by Tom Jackson
    SANDUSKY — House and Senate leaders reached agreement on a bill to fight opioid addiction that includes a provision sought by the Erie County Health Department. Update: The House passed the bill Friday. The measure now awaits final passage in the Senate. The bill raises a 16-bed limit for treatment facilities that receive Medicaid payments.... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    WASHINGTON — Today, the Senate passed the Caring Recovery for Infants and Babies (CRIB) Act as part of a legislative package to address the ongoing addiction epidemic. The CRIB Act is intended to bolster the work of treatment centers like Brigid’s Path in Dayton. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-Ohio) introduced the CRIB Act with... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    It is a heartbreaking growth industry, especially in Ohio: helping babies born dependent on drugs to get through the hell of withdrawal. As the cost of such care has skyrocketed along with opioid abuse, a better approach is emerging. But if it is to reach its potential, state and national leaders need to clear away a bureaucratic obstacle. The... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman is leading a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers urging them to fully pay for Lake Erie projects, including the stopping of Asian carp. The Ohio Republican, who co-chairs the Senate Great Lakes Task Force with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., led the letter, which was signed by members of the task force including... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Monday that would make it illegal for insurance companies to keep pharmacists from telling customers how to save money by paying out of pocket for medicines instead of going through their insurance companies. As a way to boost profits, some pharmacy benefit management companies impose "gag... Read More
  • October 03, 2018

    — by Josh Ewers
    Priorities of Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman regarding Lake Erie have been signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of a package. A joint release from the senators indicates that the 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act this year, in addition to prohibiting the Army... Read More
  • September 17, 2018

    — by Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week approved a $147 billion spending package for next year to fund military construction, energy and water projects as well as spending for veterans and congressional operations. The package passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by a lopsided margin with support from both Ohio... Read More
  • September 15, 2018

    — by David Skolnick
    BOARDMAN U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown touted legislation to help newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, a withdrawal condition often caused by the use of opioids in pregnant women, during a Friday roundtable at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital. Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, expects the Senate to pass the Caring Recovery for Infant and... Read More
  • September 14, 2018

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) received the National Farmers Union’s highest legislative award Thursday in Washington. The Golden Triangle is awarded for outstanding leadership and public policy support of family farmers, ranchers and rural communities across the U.S. Brown and Kaptur... Read More
  • September 13, 2018

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D Ohio, announced final passage Wednesday of FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, which includes important wins for Lake Erie. The conference report, headed to the president’s desk to be... Read More
  • September 12, 2018

    — by Lucas Bechtol
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is certain a bipartisan Farm Bill will pass by the Sept. 30 deadline. During a conference call last week, Brown said the Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill with 86 votes that he said secured “key victories” for Ohioans. “This is a farm bill. It’s a food bill. It’s a jobs and economic... Read More
  • September 11, 2018

    — by Jason Reynolds
    At the Russ Research Center in Beavercreek, 30 kids between the ages of 12 and 16 are building robots with the help of mentors. People use saws to cut polymers and large chunks of metal. It’s all part of a weeklong manufacturing camp sponsored by Ohio University, Sen. Sherrod Brown and a handful of industry partners. Ross McNutt is one of the... Read More
  • September 10, 2018

    — by Rita Price
    KETTERING — Gently, steadily and with a grandfather’s love, 70-year-old Dick Kirchner cradles the fussy newborns. They especially like the feel of his hands on their heads. “I do the temple rub,” he said. “Touch and talk, touch and talk. They love to hear your voice, too.” It sometimes takes a while to figure out... Read More
  • September 07, 2018

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced this week two initiatives designed to combat problems stemming from the opioid epidemic in Ohio. Brown said on Tuesday that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has awarded a $50,000 grant to Ohio University for the development of a rural workforce training program. Brown’s office... Read More
  • August 27, 2018

    — by Jim Provance
    COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Monday proposed legislation to require that any federal funds recovered from the now defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow be returned to local districts that had funding redirected to the e-school. He said the federal government should go beyond the two school years for which Ohio is clawing back... Read More
  • August 27, 2018

    — by Catherine Candisky and Randy Ludlow
    U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown is introducing a bill to require any “stolen” federal funds recovered from the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to be handed over to traditional public school districts. “We’re talking about a so-called school that had been falsifying attendance records to rake in more taxpayer dollars,” the Ohio... Read More
  • August 27, 2018

    — by Laura Hancock
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced new legislation Monday that would send any federal money recovered from the now-shuttered Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow to Ohio school districts. Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, said he will introduce his bill in the U.S. Senate this week. He said he drafted the bill with ECOT in mind, but it... Read More
  • August 23, 2018

    — by Whitney Vickers
    COLUMBUS — Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced The Full-Service Community Schools in Distressed Communities Act to help Ohio school districts and students working to achieve academic success in light of Ohio’s addiction epidemic. Brown is introducing his legislation as he works to secure parts of it in a Senate opioid package... Read More
  • August 22, 2018

    LORDSTOWN — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, today urged the U.S. Department of Labor to approve a grant that would benefit workers affected by layoffs at the General Motors Lordstown plant. Brown and Ryan said they urged Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to approve a National Dislocated Worker Grant... Read More