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  • December 23, 2014

    Connie and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. As the year comes to a close and I reflect on my travels throughout Ohio, one common thread emerges: the compassion of Ohioans. Each week, I encounter Ohioans who volunteer to help others and improve their communities. Whether it’s sending care packages to our brave... Read More
  • December 17, 2014

    One of my most important jobs is to advocate for working families in Ohio. Middle-class families have felt squeezed by the number of jobs going overseas, especially in the manufacturing sector. A report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute found that from 2001 to 2013, the U.S. lost 2.4 million manufacturing jobs to China alone.... Read More
  • December 10, 2014

    Ohioans – many of whom work multiple jobs while taking care of their children – deserve tax relief. And workers who lose their jobs or their pensions due to no fault of their own deserve help with health bills. While this makes sense to most Ohioans, too many Members of Congress may disagree. While some legislators don’t hesitate... Read More
  • November 24, 2014

    As we approach Thanksgiving, Connie and I are reminded of all that we have to be grateful for this year. For us, the day marks a chance to gather with family and friends to share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. For many Ohioans, however, this Thanksgiving marks another day when they struggle to put food on the table for themselves and... Read More
  • November 17, 2014

    The birth of a child is a cause for celebration. For most families, a new baby brings feelings of excitement and anticipation for the future. Unfortunately, one in every nine babies born in the United States is premature. For these families, the exciting new challenges of feedings and changings may quickly be overshadowed by the emotionally taxing... Read More
  • November 10, 2014

    On Veterans Day, we pause to remember those who have fought to preserve the rights we hold dear. This year marks the 60th observance of Veterans Day and the 95th anniversary of Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of the First World War. While the heroes of World War I are no longer with us, we are grateful for their service and for the... Read More
  • October 27, 2014

    In May, Dennis and Kate Stiner faced a tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Their son Logan – a student athlete at Keystone High School in LaGrange, who planned on attending the University of Toledo this fall – died from ingesting too much powdered caffeine three days before his high school graduation. Since then, the Stiners... Read More
  • October 20, 2014

    In gratitude for their courage and sacrifice for our nation, my office helps U.S. veterans access their medical and disability benefits and the overdue or replacement medals that they have earned for their military service. At a ceremony at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati last week – where I had the honor of presenting a Vietnam... Read More
  • October 14, 2014

    When I travel across Ohio, I hear from business owners who have successfully expanded their companies, created jobs, and sold their products in foreign markets. In 2013, Ohio exports totaled a record-breaking $50.8 billion. To quantify that, every $1 billion in exports supports nearly 5,000 domestic jobs. And in Ohio, more than one quarter of our... Read More
  • October 10, 2014

    Over the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about the Ebola virus. The stories from Africa are heartbreaking – countries with limited resources are fighting to contain the disease and in many cases it is spreading faster than it can be controlled. In Liberia, Ebola cases are doubling every 15-20 days, with a million cases possible in western... Read More
  • September 29, 2014

    In Ohio, and across the United States, manufacturing is helping to lead our economic recovery. Manufacturing has a larger multiplier effect than any other industry. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy. Ohio manufacturers are some of the most competitive in the world and workers are innovating right on the... Read More
  • September 22, 2014

    The financial crisis devastated homeowners and investors in Ohio and across the country. In the years since, we’ve made great progress but we know that the economy cannot fully recover until the housing market does.Cleveland’s Thriving Communities Institute estimates that there are 50,000 abandoned properties in Ohio that have fallen... Read More
  • September 15, 2014

    Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms. A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and... Read More
  • August 25, 2014

    According to humanitarian organization Save the Children, the United States has the highest first-day death rate for infants among industrialized countries – more than 11,000 babies die within 24 hours of their birth each year. It’s unthinkable. And each year in the U.S., there are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths.... Read More
  • August 19, 2014

    In 2015, the United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to close and consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities across the country – including ones in Akron, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown – putting 15,000 jobs at risk. To protect these jobs and ensure that Ohioans continue to receive reliable mail service, I joined with 49 other... Read More
  • August 12, 2014

    The tobacco industry, in an effort to replace the 480,000 customers it loses each year to smoking-related deaths, has turned to electronic cigarettes, a new nicotine product that it hopes to make appealing to young people. These so-called e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that simulate traditional tobacco products and contain cartridges... Read More
  • August 04, 2014

    Addiction to opioids, like prescription painkillers and heroin, has increased significantly in the past few years, devastating communities across Ohio – rural, suburban, and urban. In 2012, a record 1,914 Ohioans died from accidental drug overdose – an average of five Ohioans each day – and 680 of those deaths can be attributed to... Read More
  • July 28, 2014

    Last week, I introduced Robert McDonald, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. The next day, the Committee – 13 other senators and I – voted unanimously to approve his nomination. The full Senate must now vote on his... Read More
  • July 21, 2014

    For small and mid-sized businesses, securing the private financing needed to export their products can be difficult. To assist these companies, and allow them to expand and create jobs in the United States, the federal Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) offers loans, guarantees, and insurance. The bank, which operates at no cost to taxpayers, has... Read More
  • July 15, 2014

    In recent weeks, hundreds of Ohioans have called or written about the critical need to fix the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system and ensure that our veterans are receiving quality healthcare without long delays. The great majority of VA employees are dedicated to serving their patients, and many are veterans themselves, but the... Read More