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  • June 15, 2015

    For most Ohio children, the school year is ending and summer has begun. Summer ought to be a time for our kids to enjoy playing outside, reading for pleasure, and spending time with family. But for too many children, summer means an end to nutritious meals served in schools. More than 680,000 Ohio children received free or reduced-price school... Read More
  • June 08, 2015

    Davenport Aviation is a small business in Columbus—an aircraft parts distributor that exports its products to Africa and South America. Its business has grown over the past four years with the help of the Export-Import Bank. Davenport Aviation is one of the 350 Ohio businesses that the Export-Import Bank has helped. This critical agency fills... Read More
  • June 02, 2015

    Folks in Washington like to make big promises when it comes to our trade deals. But for too long, we’ve seen nothing but bad results. We’ve seen what so-called free trade agreements have done to our workers and our communities over the past two decades. We’ve seen the factories close and the stores get boarded up. That’s why... Read More
  • May 26, 2015

    Drug overdoses are on the rise across Ohio. In 2013, we saw a record 2,110 fatal overdoses in our state. Opioid abuse in particular has wreaked havoc across Ohio, devastating thousands of families. When it’s easier for Americans to access opioids than it is for them access help to treat their addiction, we have a serious problem. That’s... Read More
  • May 19, 2015

    Few duties are more important than honoring Ohio’s veterans. Just as we invest in and train our men and women during their military service, we must do so when they return to their communities, hang up their uniforms, and embark on the next phase of their lives. In 2008, I was proud to help pass the largest expansion of veterans’... Read More
  • May 04, 2015

    Each day, workers across the country face impossible dilemmas. Do they go into work knowing the risks to their own health and to others around them, or do they stay home and lose a paycheck? Do they send a sick child to school, knowing they’re risking the health of their daughter and her entire classroom, or do they jeopardize their job by... Read More
  • April 27, 2015

    At forums I’ve held across our state, Ohioans have made clear their opinions on unfair foreign trade deals. This week I echoed your voices loud and clear in Washington: the last thing we need is another NAFTA. Ohioans have felt the painful effects of these bad deals for years. This month I was in Dayton and met with Jimmy, who worked at... Read More
  • April 20, 2015

    During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln would meet regularly in the White House with ordinary Americans, even during the darkest days of the war. He called these meetings his “public opinion baths.” College costs are sky-high and climbing. Right now, many families across Ohio are waiting on their financial aid packages. For many students... Read More
  • April 13, 2015

    During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln would meet regularly in the White House with ordinary Americans, even during the darkest days of the war. He called these meetings his “public opinion baths.” That’s why I travel to each of Ohio’s 88 counties and meet with people from different backgrounds, and why I believe it’s... Read More
  • April 06, 2015

    Earlier this month I traveled our state, meeting with workers and businesses about the future of U.S. trade policy. Ohioans are sending one message, loud and clear: the last thing we need is another NAFTA. Several years ago at my own expense, I toured a Mexican auto plant. It looked very similar to an American factory, with one key difference: the... Read More
  • March 23, 2015

    We know that manufacturing jobs are a ticket to the middle class. They are critical to the economy of our state and our nation, and I joined President Obama in Cleveland this week to highlight the strength of Ohio manufacturing, and announce a new $500 million manufacturing investment. That investment includes $150 million for a textiles-focused... Read More
  • March 09, 2015

    In too many school districts, parents and teachers feel overwhelmed by the amount of student testing that is going on in our classrooms. Annual testing can be a useful yardstick to measure student progress and achievement, but too often our kids are inundated with duplicative tests that actually take time away from learning and... Read More
  • March 02, 2015

    Trade agreements have wreaked havoc on Ohio’s economy over the past several decades, undermining Ohio’s manufacturing sector and making it easier for corporations to ship our jobs overseas. When Congress considered NAFTA, CAFTA, and every other free trade agreement, we were promised that they would create tens of thousands of jobs. But... Read More
  • February 24, 2015

    There isn’t much Democrats and Republicans can agree on these days, but one idea is uniting senators on both sides of the aisle. This month I joined my colleagues of both political parties to announce the introduction of the Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act, to stand up to Chinese currency manipulation. This bipartisan plan could... Read More
  • February 18, 2015

    The last thing Ohioans want is another shutdown that puts our safety at risk — but that’s exactly where we are headed if extreme factions of Congress don’t put partisanship aside and avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the next week. A DHS shutdown would hit Ohio’s fire departments particularly... Read More
  • February 09, 2015

    Medical research not only creates jobs — it saves lives. But critical research — on cancer prevention, on new prescription drugs, and on cures for deadly diseases — is often left unfunded. In fact, nine out of 11 research grants go unfunded. The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, represents the cornerstone of medical... Read More
  • January 26, 2015

    During his State of the Union address last Tuesday, President Obama made it clear that the key to economic prosperity is ensuring that even more Americans can get ahead. Too many Americans work hard and take responsibility, only to find themselves living paycheck-to-paycheck. To grow our economy, we must invest in education and manufacturing, while... Read More
  • January 20, 2015

    Since its creation in 1965, Medicaid – a joint federal and state program – has provided low-cost health insurance to Ohio’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, physically disabled, and children. Beginning in 2014, the health law gave each state the opportunity to expand its Medicaid program to cover working families and... Read More
  • January 19, 2015

    Dear Friends, It’s been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the march from Selma to Montgomery for civil and human rights. Thousands marched alongside Dr. King for the 50 miles to Montgomery, walking 12 hours a day and sleeping in fields along the way. In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling to Selma for an anniversary... Read More
  • January 12, 2015

    When unexpected costs arise before tax returns come in, workers are faced with a dilemma and many workers turn to predatory payday loans to make ends meet. These loans – which can carry hidden fees and can have annual interest rates more than 500 percent – often trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. There are more payday lending stores in... Read More