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  • September 01, 2016

    President Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “It has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have labored, and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue.” During the first meeting I ever had with President Obama in the Oval Office, I gave him a printed copy of that... Read More
  • August 10, 2016

    It has been more than 165 days since President Obama requested emergency funding to fight Zika. Yet unlike during previous public health crises, Congress has failed to rise to the occasion. As experts warned of more cases on the way, Congress shamefully packed up and left for the summer without taking action on emergency funding to combat the... Read More
  • August 03, 2016

    Antibiotic-resistant, so-called “super bugs” are an increasingly dangerous threat to Ohioans.In 2013, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report estimated that more than two million Americans suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections each year – and they can be deadly for tens of thousands of patients. These... Read More
  • July 12, 2016

    Two years ago, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, with the goal of expanding opportunities for a group that is far too often left behind in this country—boys and young men of color. The President and his team have reached out to cities across the country, to find people committed to ensuring all Americans have... Read More
  • July 06, 2016

    Because of the Affordable Care Act, we’ve made progress in lowering the cost of prescription drugs. We’ve expanded coverage to nearly 20 million Americans and we’re on track to close the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by 2020. But too many Ohioans still struggle to afford essential medicines that treat diseases like... Read More
  • June 30, 2016

    Today, Americans are working longer hours for less pay. Protections and benefits that were once guaranteed by the government or bargained for by unions have eroded. Workers are holding up their end of the bargain, but seeing little in return.And new numbers illustrate the reality Ohio workers face. Oxfam and the Economic Policy Institute released a... Read More
  • June 17, 2016

    For children across Ohio, summer break is beginning, and for many families that means vacations and summer camps and barbeques. But for too many, it also means stress over how to care for children while parents work, or how to feed children nutritious meals without the school lunches they count on throughout the rest of the year. Hundreds of... Read More
  • June 13, 2016

    Yesterday, Ohioans woke up to tragic news about the shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub. Connie and I send our deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and communities of all those lost. We are grateful to the first responders whose bravery saved lives, and we continue to keep the law enforcement who are investigating and the medical... Read More
  • May 27, 2016

    At the end of the Civil War, Union veterans came together to establish “Decoration Day,” to honor the bravery and preserve the memory of fallen soldiers. Today, we mark this observance with Memorial Day to remember all Ohioans – from the War of 1812 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – who made the ultimate sacrifice for... Read More
  • May 23, 2016

    Right now, American workers know they’re working more than ever before and for less pay. Since the 1970s, middle class wages have stagnated, while the number of hours spent on the job has gone up.  The salary threshold to be eligible for overtime pay hasn’t even come close to keeping pace with inflation, and that leaves millions of... Read More
  • May 16, 2016

    Melissa Twine’s husband, Captain Philip Twine, was a logistics officer in the Air Forced when he was killed in the line of duty in 2002. In an instant, the Batavia native and fellow Air Force veteran became a single mother of four and the sole breadwinner for a family struggling with grief. She put her plans for a Master’s degree on... Read More
  • May 13, 2016

    Holding roundtables across our state is one of the most important things I do in the Senate – it gives me a chance meet with and hear the stories of Ohioans of all backgrounds, and to gather new ideas. One of the early ideas that came out of these roundtables was the Ohio College Presidents Conference – an annual summit to bring... Read More
  • April 18, 2016

    Imagine working for months or years toward a college degree - investing hours in late-night study sessions, and tens of thousands of dollars in loans, all in the hopes that your diploma will open new doors and improve your job prospects. Now imagine that just weeks before you were scheduled to graduate, your school lost its accreditation. Your... Read More
  • March 30, 2016

    Throughout this Women’s History Month, we celebrate the women in Ohio and across our nation who have shaped the course of our history, and worked to make our country better. From Lorain’s Toni Morrison, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose writing has inspired so many while illuminating the struggles of women of color, to Toledo’s Gloria... Read More
  • March 22, 2016

    American workers know they’re working more than ever before, for less pay. They don’t think they can get by — much less get ahead — even if they work hard. And too often, they’re right that the deck is stacked against them. Across our country and our state, too many workers are putting in long hours for an honest... Read More
  • March 17, 2016

    Everyone knows that before you leave a restaurant you have to settle your bill — corporations shouldn’t get to play by different rules. But that’s exactly what is happening for too many American companies. There is perhaps no area of the tax code that is as broken as our international corporate tax system. American corporations... Read More
  • March 11, 2016

    Last week, I met with Rita Lewis of West Chester, Ohio. Rita was in Washington to testify in front of the Senate Finance Committee in honor of her late husband, Butch. Butch worked as a trucker for 40 years with the promise that the pension he earned would be there to care for his family after he retired. But for Butch and Rita and thousands more... Read More
  • February 29, 2016

    The housing crisis and the Great Recession that followed took a devastating financial and psychological toll on a generation of Ohioans. One of the most painful and lasting wounds of the economic disaster was the massive increase in foreclosures across our country – and few states were hit harder than Ohio. To ensure that our communities have... Read More
  • February 18, 2016

    Drug overdoses are on the rise across Ohio and opioid abuse, in particular, has wreaked havoc across our state, devastating thousands of families. In 2014, more people in Ohio died from drug overdoses than any year on record. A staggering 2,482 Ohioans died from overdoses in 2014, including a record number of prescription drug overdoses and 1,177... Read More
  • February 02, 2016

    Last month federal tax filing season opened, and Ohioans need all the information available for them to get as much of their hard-earned money back in their pockets as possible. On Friday we marked Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, dedicated to getting the word out about the tax credit that can be a lifeline for working families. Last... Read More