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  • June 06, 2012

    — by Sherrod Brown
    Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, represents Ohio in the U.S. Senate. Two years ago — after the worst financial crisis in more than a half-century — one-third of the Senate proclaimed that “too big to fail” is simply too big. A bipartisan group of 33 senators supported a proposal called the SAFE Banking Act, which I introduced with... Read More
  • June 05, 2012

    — by Deirdre Shesgreen
    Sen. Rob Portman joined 46 other GOP lawmakers in blocking consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would have made it easier for women to receive the same pay as their male counterparts. Senate Democrats, including Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, all voted in favor of the bill, but they fell short of the 60 votes need to open debate on... Read More
  • June 05, 2012

    — by Tyrel Linkhorn
    CLYDE, Ohio — More than half of Whirlpool Corp.'s U.S. manufacturing employees are in Ohio, but company officials say many of those jobs are being threatened by foreign companies selling washing machines in the United States for less than they cost to make. Late last year, Whirlpool filed petitions with the U.S. Commerce Department and the... Read More
  • June 04, 2012

    — by BY TOM TROY
    With a deadline looming for Congress and President Obama to decide how to reduce college loan debt without increasing the national debt, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) sought Monday to get students at Owens Community College in on the fight. Senator Brown, who is up for re-election this year, told a gathering of students and administrators that... Read More
  • May 30, 2012

    — by Ben Sutherly
    Pending federal legislation would help head off drug shortages by allowing hospitals to “ repackage” medication into multiple doses, supporters say. The bill, which last week cleared the U.S. Senate 96-1, also would require drug manufacturers to notify the Food and Drug Administration of any upcoming drug shortages.Some manufacturers... Read More
  • May 30, 2012

    — by KELLI FITZPATRICK
    The Senate has approved a bill that allows hospitals to combat drug shortages by repackaging unused medications. Senator Sherrod Brown is sponsoring the bill, which was put together at a round-table discussion with pharmacists in January. The legislation allows repackaging of drugs into smaller doses, which the FDA does not currently permit. The... Read More
  • May 27, 2012

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — For years, Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office has taken complaints from veterans about the Veterans Administration’s slow handling of disability claims. Finally, he asked staff members to call the VA. He found they had to wait anywhere between 28 minutes to nearly an hour. And even when they answer the phone, the VA often... Read More
  • May 25, 2012

    — by Linda Martz
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman introduced legislation Thursday to name a new Veterans Administration Community-Based Outpatient Clinic after Pfc. David F. Winder, a Malabar High School graduate who was killed while serving in the Vietnam War. Ground will be broken June 29 on the project at 1030 Marion Ave. "Private First... Read More
  • May 25, 2012

    — by Ron Vidika
    SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — It’s been a long time coming but well worth the wait. More than 40 years after serving in the Vietnam War, retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Raymond Hatch will be presented with 11 medals earned for exemplary service in the war, including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Today, in a special ceremony in Cleveland,... Read More
  • May 25, 2012

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — A key Senate committee yesterday passed a defense bill that could stall an Obama administration plan to retire Air National Guard aircraft at Rickenbacker Airport and in Mansfield. The Senate Armed Services Committee established a national commission to evaluate the best force structure for the Air Force. By forming the... Read More
  • May 24, 2012

    — by Frank Lewis
    Diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and recovering from two shoulder surgeries as a result of his service in the Vietnam war, Charles Hooker of Hamilton had to wait 5 ½ years to get his full disability benefit from the U.S. government. “I first got my Social Security Disability in 84 days, and they used the same records off... Read More
  • May 24, 2012

    — by Kevin Pierson
    With the national unemployment rate continuing to hover near the 8 percent mark, bringing jobs and businesses back to the United States is a focus for legislators and local residents. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is co-sponsoring the Bring Jobs Home Act aimed at restoring economic growth through tax credits for businesses that return to the... Read More
  • May 24, 2012

    — by Kaitlin Durbin
    MANSFIELD -- After waiting five-and-a-half years to receive his veteran benefits compensation, Vietnam War-era veteran Charles Hooker said enough is enough. Hooker, of Hamilton, contacted Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to cut through the red tape and ensure other veterans would not face similar struggles. As of March, 25,226 Ohio veterans are awaiting... Read More
  • May 24, 2012

    — by Loren Genson
    CHILLICOTHE --U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said growth in the backlog of veterans claims needing attention prompted him to draft the Veteran's Service Outreach Act, which would require the Veteran's Affairs Administration to notify veterans of resources in their community that can help. In a conference call Wednesday, Brown said veterans have reported... Read More
  • May 22, 2012

    — by Kevin Pierson
    Though they're entitled to receive compensation and benefits for their service to the country, many area veterans told representatives of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Monday that while they may get those benefits, they never know when. About 15 area veterans met with Doug Babcock, senior legislative assistant for veterans affairs for Brown, D-Ohio, at... Read More
  • May 20, 2012

    — by Ken Robinson
    Cleveland – A Cleveland couple is calling for more lead testing, warnings, and abatement after 5 of their children are found to have elevated levels of the toxic element in their systems. Ken and Angelina Shefton say they discovered that their Slavic Village neighborhood was loacated near a former lead smelter site, and moved from their... Read More
  • May 15, 2012

    — by KAYLEE REMINGTON
    CLEVELAND — The Lorain County Drug Task Force will be a member of a special Drug Enforcement Administration unit set up to crack down on prescription drug abuse.Sen. Sherrod Brown and Gil Kerlikowske, director of the office of national drug control policy, announced in Cleveland yesterday a new federal Tactical Diversion Squad.Chief... Read More
  • May 11, 2012

    — by DAN POMPILI
    ORTLAND - Bullying begins at home. That was a message from one of the speakers from state and federal agencies who spoke Thursday night on ''Combating Teenage Bullying in Your Schools.'' "A lot of what the mean-spirited bullying kids are doing, they're learning it at home. They're learning it from their adult role models," Georgia Constantino, a... Read More
  • May 11, 2012

    — by Linda Martz and Deirdre Shesgreen
    MANSFIELD -- The House Armed Services Committee passed the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill Thursday -- a vital first step toward possibly saving more than 350 full-time jobs with the Ohio Air National Guard's C-27J mission at Lahm Airport. The committee's version included a "strategic pause" amendment sponsored by California Rep. Duncan... Read More
  • May 09, 2012

    — by Alison Young
    Six U.S. senators are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately examine the health threats posed by forgotten factory sites featured in a recent USA TODAY investigation. In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the senators wrote, “We urge you to take immediate action to review unassessed sites to... Read More