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  • December 18, 2020

    This week, we secured a bipartisan agreement that would finally protect patients from out-of-control, surprise medical bills. We’re pushing Congressional leaders to include our compromise in the end-of-year funding bills that we expect to pass this month. We hear too many stories of patients who wake up from surgery, expecting to pay their standard... Read More
  • December 11, 2020

    This week, we announced a historic, bipartisan overhaul of anti-money laundering laws that we helped secure in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, known as NDAA.As the top Democrat on the Senate Banking and Housing Committee, this is something we’ve been working on for years with members of both parties.We know criminals... Read More
  • December 04, 2020

    All across Ohio, we are watching hospitals fill up – yet again. Our health care system is getting overwhelmed. Small businesses and local governments are running out of money. And even more of the help Congress passed this spring expires at the end of the year. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump allowed the additional $600 a week in... Read More
  • November 23, 2020

    In recent weeks, the American people have received encouraging news about a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines and the public health efforts to get people vaccinated are one of our country’s greatest accomplishments – but they didn’t happen on their own. Vaccination efforts take massive mobilization and coordination by the federal government –... Read More
  • November 16, 2020

    This month’s virtual and socially distanced Veterans Day celebrations around Ohio serve as a reminder not only of the sacrifices veterans make for our country, but also of our collective responsibility to support those returning home from service. After an election season that divided communities and even families, Veterans Day is also a time for... Read More
  • November 09, 2020

    Recently, I led my Democratic colleagues in writing letters to 22 of the nation’s largest utility companies – urging them to suspend all utility shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the election taking center stage in the news in recent weeks, we need to be cognizant that the COVID-19 pandemic is still adversely impacting our... Read More
  • October 30, 2020

    Since President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program in 2014, our office has been working with leaders around the state to encourage cities to invest in all students, particularly young men of color, who we know are so often locked out of opportunities. MBK has grown all over the state since then, and last week we launched two... Read More
  • October 23, 2020

    This week, former Ohio Governor Bob Taft and I joined forces to encourage all Ohioans to vote in this upcoming election. We both served as Ohio’s Secretary of State, the chief elections officer in Ohio, and know how crucial it is that all Ohioans make their voices heard at the ballot box.Bob and I are of opposite parties, and we don’t agree on... Read More
  • October 16, 2020

    Ohioans' health care is once again under attack from Washington Republicans who are attempting to use the courts to get around the will of the voters, and overturn the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a matter of weeks, the Supreme Court will hear the case pushed by President Trump that would do what the American people rejected over and... Read More
  • October 09, 2020

    For decades, companies have used temporary workers, subcontractors, and independent contractors as a way to pay people less for the same work, skirt labor laws, and wash their hands of any responsibility for the workers who make their businesses successful. Corporations will subcontract their food service work or their housekeeping to a company... Read More
  • October 05, 2020

    More than 50 years ago, we passed the Fair Housing Act, and a series of other fair housing and fair lending laws, to outlaw discrimination, promote integrated communities, and provide powerful tools to root out discrimination and invest in communities of color. But parts of the Fair Housing Act were never fully implemented, and we’re still... Read More
  • September 25, 2020

    Beginning this Saturday and stretching over two weekends, our office will hold our first Black Women’s Health Symposium. The free conference will take place virtually on Saturday, September 26th and Saturday, October 3rd, and will include panel discussions, workshops and speakers addressing physical, community, mental and economic health.We began... Read More
  • September 21, 2020

    The school year is underway across our state, and over and over I hear the same thing from parents, students, teachers, and community leaders: people feel like they’ve been abandoned. And they’re right. Senate Leader McConnell and President Trump have left parents, students, and teachers to fend for themselves in the middle of a national crisis.... Read More
  • September 11, 2020

    This week, as we are supposed to be honoring Labor Day and supporting the people who make this country work, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has rolled out his latest plan, and just like the last one, it actually cuts Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. This time it cuts benefits by $300 every week, while giving legal immunity to corporations that... Read More
  • September 04, 2020

    The U.S. Postal Service is an essential institution in our country. It’s not a partisan institution – in fact, it brings us together. The post office serves everyone: rural and urban, seniors, veterans, and small businesses.Ohioans depend on the Postal Service to get their paychecks and their packages and their prescription drugs. The U.S.... Read More
  • August 07, 2020

    With the new school year set to begin for many Ohio students, we need to ensure that our communities have the support and resources they need for our kids to learn safely and effectively. Educators, parents, school board members, and community leaders across Ohio have been working hard to keep our students from falling behind. But we know there are... Read More
  • August 03, 2020

    COVID-19 infection rates are once again rising in Ohio and around the country, yet too many of our frontline workers – including health care providers – still do not have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need, and we still do not have enough tests. Supply chains are critical in a crisis like this one, and our ability to produce the... Read More
  • July 27, 2020

    Cities and counties around Ohio have led the country in declaring racism a public health crisis. The first step to solving a problem is recognizing its existence. That’s why I joined my colleagues Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker to continue the effort at the federal level. We introduced a Senate resolution last week that declares racism a... Read More
  • July 17, 2020

    This summer for the eighth year in a row, my office has partnered with local companies and organizations to host manufacturing camps for 4th through 8th graders across Ohio.Obviously, this year is going to look different. When it became clear that this pandemic would be with us through the summer, our office went to work, reaching out to organizers... Read More
  • July 14, 2020

    Right now, families and young people are dealing with unprecedented financial stress, social isolation, and abrupt changes to daily life. Child welfare agencies are worried about devastating cuts to their already limited funding, as Ohio and states all over the country face severe budget shortfalls, and Leader McConnell and President Trump refuse... Read More