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  • March 06, 2020

    We all know how vital Lake Erie is to Ohio. From tourism in Geneva-on-the-Lake and Put-in-Bay, to fishing at Marblehead, to vacations and family reunions at Maumee Bay State Park, Lake Erie benefits our communities and creates jobs in our state. But for more than a half century, keeping our lake healthy has been a constant struggle. Runoff that... Read More
  • February 28, 2020

    We know we have a serious problem with infant mortality and maternal mortality in Ohio and around the country – and that we see huge disparities between white and black mothers and children. Last week, I held a roundtable in Columbus to talk with mothers, advocates, and health care providers about their experiences and what we can do to fight... Read More
  • February 14, 2020

    During his campaign, President Trump promised to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He has broken that promise over and over. The Trump Administration’s budget proposes a $75 billion cut to Social Security Disability Insurance, and that’s on top of their plan that will make it harder for people with disabilities to get the... Read More
  • February 07, 2020

    Right now, many Ohioans are struggling to make ends meet. Even people with supposedly-middle-class jobs don’t feel stable. Wages have barely budged, and the cost of everything is up – higher education, health care, child care, and – critically -- housing. We are in the midst of an affordable housing crisis in Ohio, and across the... Read More
  • February 03, 2020

    Last month, a new report from the Environmental Working Group found that drinking water contamination from PFAS chemicals is far more prevalent than we thought. Lab tests found PFAS chemicals in Ohioans’ drinking water in Columbus and Cincinnati. These contaminants are often called “forever chemicals” because they never break... Read More
  • January 24, 2020

    Every day, Americans take more than 1.5 million motorcoach trips, and parents sending their children on field trips or on the road to away games shouldn’t have to worry the bus they’re riding isn’t safe. That’s why I’m continuing to press the Department of Transportation to improve motorcoach safety following the... Read More
  • January 17, 2020

    In January we mark National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month – a reminder that modern-day slavery is all too real, and it’s happening in our own backyards. And tragically, the addiction crisis is also giving human traffickers another tool to use to exploit victims. Traffickers often exploit drug addiction, or expose... Read More
  • January 10, 2020

    If you only watched national cable news, you’d probably think not much was accomplished over the past year, and that Democrats and Republicans were mostly at each other’s throats. But beyond the national noise, look across Ohio, and it’s clear – we were able to make progress for the people we serve, often by working... Read More
  • December 13, 2019

    In 2017, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System estimated that 1,720 children died from abuse and neglect. Even one child’s death is one too many, and we know those numbers probably don’t even tell the full story. Right now, the lack of a clear definition for “child maltreatment fatality” lets too many kids slip... Read More
  • December 09, 2019

    A safe, stable home is the foundation for opportunity – without it, it can be hard to hold down a job, pursue a degree, and to build a life. But every year, just as they’re about to start their lives as adults, 20,000 young people around the country lose their homes as they “age out” of foster care. All of a sudden these... Read More
  • November 15, 2019

    Black history is American history, yet in Ohio and all over the country, too many African American burial grounds have fallen into disrepair. We have not invested the resources we should to preserve these historic places. Earlier this week, I visited Cincinnati to see all the work that is needed to restore the Union Baptist Cemetery. The burial... Read More
  • November 12, 2019

    In Ohio, there are more than 650 payday or car title loan stores. Their loans saddle borrowers with interest rates that regularly top 600 percent, and often trap borrowers in a downward spiral of debt. More than 75 percent of loans go to borrowers who take out 11 or more loans each year. And we know these companies often target military families... Read More
  • November 01, 2019

    We need to stop penalizing Ohioans who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for saving for emergencies.  The SSI program provides financial assistance for elderly, disabled, and blind Americans with very low-incomes and limited resources. Today, it supports more than 8 million people, including more than a million... Read More
  • October 21, 2019

    This month, a new report revealed that two million Ohioans could lose health care if President Trump gets his way and the entire Affordable Care Act is overturned. That’s what President Trump and his administration are pushing in a case a federal court heard this summer. If the court rules the way the president wants, the entire health care... Read More
  • September 20, 2019

    Far too many Americans face out-of-control surprise medical bills, often for emergency care, despite the fact that they spend their hard-earned money on health insurance to protect them. Patients wake up from surgery, expecting to pay their standard co-pay, only to find out the anesthesiologist was out-of-network. A doctor sends a sample out for... Read More
  • September 16, 2019

    As technology evolves, we need to make sure our workers are growing with it. Over the past month, I have traveled around Ohio meeting with workers, and talking to them about how we can empower workers and make sure they have a seat at the table, as technology changes the way many companies do business. No matter how technology changes, companies... Read More
  • July 23, 2019

    Last week, Connie and I traveled to El Paso, Texas, on our southern border, to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis. We met with children and families who are coming to our country to flee violence and persecution, seeking a better life.                             ... Read More
  • June 24, 2019

    When I first came to the Senate, I met with a number of higher education leaders around Ohio. In these conversations we realized how little opportunity the presidents of our colleges and universities in the area had to interact. That’s where the idea for the College President’s Conference came from – like so many of the best... Read More
  • June 17, 2019

    Nearly three years ago, I stood in Columbus to announce that the Obama administration was going to finally raise the salary threshold to earn overtime pay, and make millions more workers eligible.  That would have meant more than 4 million Americans – including more than 130,000 Ohioans – were getting a raise.  But those... Read More
  • June 07, 2019

    Fentanyl is responsible for too many deaths in our state and too much of it continues to be trafficked into our neighborhoods from China and Mexico. Ohio is experiencing a spike in overdose deaths, with at least 49 people in Ohio dying of suspected overdose in the last three weeks. Law enforcement officials believe, and coroner reports show, that a... Read More