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  • April 15, 2019

    At a time when hard work isn’t paying off for too many Americans, apprenticeship partnerships are the kinds of innovative programs we need to show students all the available career options, and help put them on a path toward good-paying jobs.  Apprenticeships allow workers to get real world experience, figure out where their talents lie,... Read More
  • April 08, 2019

    There’s not a community in Ohio that hasn’t been touched by the opioid crisis, and law enforcement is on the front lines.  Because of the massive quantities of fentanyl officers are seizing, state and local testing labs face big backlogs. Seizures of fentanyl by the state agency that handles these drugs – the Ohio High... Read More
  • March 18, 2019

    If we want hard work to pay off, we have to get the cost of college under control.  When Connie and I went to college, a part-time job was often enough to put you through school. The idea that you could afford that today without mountains of debt would be laughable, if it weren’t one of the biggest economic problems facing the next... Read More
  • March 11, 2019

    It’s time for the president to keep his promises to Ohio autoworkers.  As GM began laying off workers in Lordstown last week, we also heard the company is planning to close its West Chester processing center this spring, laying off another 100 workers.  This news has been devastating for workers, their families, local businesses,... Read More
  • February 22, 2019

    For too many workers, hard work isn’t paying off. We need to overhaul our tax system to put more money in the pockets of Ohio families. That’s what President Trump promised workers – but instead of getting bigger tax returns, many Americans aren’t getting the refunds they were hoping for from the president’s tax bill.... Read More
  • February 12, 2019

    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved two nominees to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals with a proven record of fighting to strip Ohioans of their rights: Eric Murphy and Chad Readler. Both of their records are too extreme for Ohio, and I will keep fighting against giving these judges a lifetime appointment.  As the Judiciary... Read More
  • January 29, 2019

    As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must remember that Dr. King was martyred while fighting for the rights of sanitation workers in Memphis. Dr. King understood and preached the deep connection between civil rights and workers’ rights. He fought for both, and it’s clear we have so much more to do to carry on his... Read More
  • January 15, 2019

    The President must immediately reopen the government, so workers can get back on the job earning a paycheck and serving Ohioans. Right now, 6,569 Ohio workers – including 1,590 at NASA Glenn alone – are either furloughed or working without pay. Either way, they’re missing paychecks because of President Trump’s shutdown. And... Read More
  • January 07, 2019

    Last month, a Texas judge handed down a despicable decision that threatens the health coverage of 20 million people and undermines pre-existing condition protections for all Americans. The judge ruled to strike down the entire health care law based on a faulty, partisan reading of the law. But the only reason the attorneys general were even able to... Read More
  • December 19, 2018

    We hear a lot about the importance of protecting consumers from shady lenders, but many people may not realize small businesses often fall victim to these predators as well. That’s why last week, I joined my Republican colleague Senator Marco Rubio to crack down on one of the most common ways these lenders go after small businesses – a... Read More
  • December 10, 2018

    If you love this country, you fight for the people who make it work – people like the workers at Lordstown.  That’s why last week, Senator Portman and I met with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and demanded answers, calling on GM to work with us to find solutions and save Ohio jobs, after GM announced it would lay off its final shift... Read More
  • November 26, 2018

    This month’s Veterans Day celebrations around Ohio are a reminder that nothing is more important than serving those who have sacrificed so much for our country.  With the Senate back in session, we need to get to work and show this country that we can work together – and there’s no better place to start than ensuring all the... Read More
  • October 24, 2018

    We need a long-term strategy that allows all our students to reach their full potential—not one that accepts that an entire segment of our citizens will grow up with limited options, simply because of the color of their skin or the neighborhoods they grew up in.   That’s why this month we launched MBK Ohio, Ohio’s... Read More
  • October 16, 2018

    For years, addiction treatment facilities all across Ohio have been limited by a decades-old policy that prevents them from getting reimbursement if they serve more than 16 people at once. That makes no sense – in the middle of a public health crisis, the last thing we ought to be doing is limiting the number of Ohioans who can get the... Read More
  • October 10, 2018

    Last week, my office hosted the fourth annual “Women’s Leadership Summit: Together We Rise” at Xavier University, where we joined several southwest Ohio business and community partners to bring together more than 600 women who are lifting up their communities in southwest Ohio and playing leadership roles around the state. We... Read More
  • September 28, 2018

    This week, two bills to help Ohioans save money on their prescriptions are headed to the president’s desk to become law. Many Ohioans don’t realize that in some cases they could pay less for their prescription if they paid out-of-pocket, rather than using their insurance at the pharmacy counter. That’s because companies that most... Read More
  • September 20, 2018

    Ten years ago this month, the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, paving the way for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Too many Ohioans lost their savings and lost their homes. In the first half of 2007, my zip code in Cleveland, 44105, had more foreclosures than anywhere in the country. And behind every one of those... Read More
  • September 14, 2018

    In the coming days, the Senate will pass a package of legislation to fight the opioid crisis. And in that legislation, I worked with my Republican colleague, Senator Capito of West Virginia, to include important provisions to support Ohio efforts. We were able to include our bipartisan bill to support organizations that treat babies born with... Read More
  • August 27, 2018

    Bank executives shouldn’t be allowed to scam hardworking families to pay for a CEO’s yacht. But that’s what’s happening as expensive, unexpected overdraft fees are costing too many Americans. Overdraft protection used to be a free perk, understanding that sometimes mistakes happen – a bank transfer takes longer than... Read More
  • August 10, 2018

    Earlier this summer, on the very same day GM laid off workers at its historic plant in Lordstown, we got word that GM plans to build its new Chevy Blazer in Mexico – the company is bypassing American workers and sending more jobs to Mexico. In 2010, we worked hard to save the American auto industry, including GM, because we knew what these... Read More