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  • July 04, 2012

    Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, farmers, merchants, laborers, and soldiers celebrated a new nation – fixed in freedom and equality. They faced tough odds, but they were armed with the vibrant American spirit and rock solid patriotism that has carried our nation forward since its founding. Two hundred and thirty seven years later,... Read More
  • July 02, 2012

    There’s an old cliché that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Well, if that’s the case, then our trade policy represents insanity. Though NAFTA was signed nearly two decades ago, a trade deal with China was inked about a dozen years ago, and CAFTA was signed... Read More
  • June 25, 2012

    More than 840,000 children in Ohio depend on school for more than an education. For children living well-below the poverty line, schools also provide a dependable source of food and nutrition. During the school year, more than 840,000 Ohio children receive nutrition assistance through free or reduced-price school lunches. So what happens to these... Read More
  • June 18, 2012

    With one in seven Ohio jobs connected to agriculture, it’s obvious just how vital farming is to our state. That’s one of the reasons I’m honored to represent our state’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as Ohio’s first Senator on the Agriculture Committee in more than four decades. Over the last year, as part... Read More
  • June 13, 2012

    Ohioans work hard, and I believe their hard work deserves fair pay, regardless of gender. But today in Ohio, women earn just 85 cents to every dollar a man makes. According to the Joint Economic Committee, that earnings gap means over the course of their working lives, women lose more than $400,000. That’s unconscionable. Nearly fifty years... Read More
  • June 01, 2012

    Last month, our country observed Memorial Day, a day when we take the time to remember the servicemembers who sacrificed their lives for our country. In remembering the servicemembers who paid the ultimate price for their nation, we should also express our gratitude by honoring the veterans with us today and making sure they have access to... Read More
  • May 23, 2012

    Like you, too often I’ve opened the newspaper only to learn that jobs in our state—whether in Mansfield, Lorain, or Springfield—are being outsourced to places like China, Indonesia, or Mexico. We have seen a decade of manufacturing job loss and factory shutdowns, which has weakened communities and blindsided families all across... Read More
  • May 18, 2012

    Tomorrow, May 19, 2012, is Armed Forces Day. This holiday was created in 1949 as a way to thank our servicemembers and their families for their service to our country and the daily sacrifices they make to defend our nation. All across our state - from Youngstown to Dayton, to Lima, and to Mansfield – Ohioans will join together and pay tribute... Read More
  • May 16, 2012

    Identity theft and tax fraud victims – like Michael Bucalo whom I recently met in Cleveland – know that “there are people out there [who] are so slick; they can steal your shoes while you are running.” For criminals who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers, tax season is the time to cash in – on other people’s... Read More
  • May 14, 2012

    Gina Brooks, like too many Ohioans, knows how difficult it is to battle a giant mortgage company. My office worked with Gina to modify her mortgage and keep her home, but she still wants to know: “Why did it take me two years, two bankruptcies, and all of this headache when [her mortgage servicer] could’ve done it in one... Read More
  • May 09, 2012

    Joe Halicker, a WWII Veteran from Northwest Ohio, recently participated in an Honor Flight visit to the WWII Memorial in the nation’s capitol. After liberating Lorient, France from Nazi occupation, Mr. Halicker returned home to a grateful nation with the resources needed to provide for his three children. Today, young veterans often return to... Read More
  • April 30, 2012

    Justin Kuemerle, a Wright State University student, relies on federal student loans to help pay for school. He recently told me that without Stafford Loans, he would have to forgo college. Justin is one of more than 382,000 students in Ohio – including some 46,959 in Hamilton County – who are able to attend college with the help of... Read More
  • April 23, 2012

    Ohio workers can compete with anyone in the world. And, every day, at places like Nook Industries in Cuyahoga County, Middletown Tube Works in Butler County, and Crown Battery in Sandusky County, Ohio workers are making goods used all over the world. Ohio has had quicker increases in job growth than other states, and we know the manufacturing... Read More
  • April 09, 2012

    Charlotte is a nurse from Southwest Ohio who also advocates for seniors. Like other Ohio seniors, she has paid into Medicare and Social Security all her working life. And, like many Ohio seniors, Charlotte recently wrote to me that she “value[s] traditional Medicare and doesn’t want to let it whither on a vine.” Yet the big... Read More
  • April 02, 2012

    Ohio families are finding new ways to save money. Whether its seniors buying generic prescription drugs, families investing in fuel-efficient cars that get more miles to the gallon, or homeowners refinancing into more affordable mortgages, Ohioans are taking action to spend less. It’s time for the federal government to do the same. Washington... Read More
  • March 26, 2012

    Women in Ohio – and throughout the United States – deserve leaders who are willing to fight for them. Yet, a vital law that protects women has expired. Domestic violence affects women, families, and communities in major cities, small towns, and rural communities in our state. More than 70,000 Ohioans made domestic dispute calls in 2010... Read More
  • March 19, 2012

    With the average price per gallon of gas in Ohio topping off at $3.85, small business owners and families are eager for economic relief. Daniel Jarvis, who owns his own independent trucking company in Ohio, recently joined me at a gas station in Northeast Ohio because he’s siphoning off more and more money to afford record-high prices at the... Read More
  • March 12, 2012

    “Grow it here, make it here.” That’s the driving message behind a new initiative to create jobs by linking two of Ohio’s most important industries: agriculture and manufacturing. Ohio farmers put food on tables, grow feed for livestock, and develop new sources of energy for our cars and homes. And increasingly, Ohio farmers... Read More
  • March 05, 2012

    Ron Seide, a small business owner in Akron, recently told me about his efforts to connect with customers throughout the world. Summit Data Communications, based at the Akron Global Business Accelerator, now generates the bulk of its revenue through exporting its products around the world. This 21st century firm is just one of the innovative,... Read More
  • February 28, 2012

    Some of the most important work that I do has nothing to do with votes cast on the Senate floor. As your senator, my most important job is serving you and helping constituents cut through red tape when dealing with the federal government. That means  helping seniors access the Social Security benefits they have paid into, assisting veterans... Read More