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  • May 01, 2020

    We know how hard this crisis is hitting our cities and counties. They need robust, flexible funding to keep serving Ohioans and avoid cutting jobs and services the public relies on. Communities across Ohio have stepped up to meet the challenges of this pandemic. They’re continuing to support residents through food banks and meal pick-ups for... Read More
  • April 24, 2020

    We need a real plan to reopen the economy, safely – because if we don’t do it safely, we’re just going to have to close it again. People want to go back to work, go back to school, or be able to go to the grocery store without feeling terrified. That’s why last weekend, I sent President Trump a letter outlining a plan for... Read More
  • April 17, 2020

    The most recent relief package included something I pushed hard for – a provision to put money directly in the pockets of all middle class and low-income Americans. This week, millions of Ohioans will have started seeing their stimulus checks direct deposited into their bank accounts. We wanted to make the process as simple and painless as... Read More
  • April 09, 2020

    While it’s critical that those who are able stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, others have to be at work on the front lines of this crisis. They’re fighting hard to care for patients and save lives in hospitals and in nursing homes. They’re working in our supply chains, driving trucks and making sure our store... Read More
  • April 03, 2020

    While our first priority is keeping Ohioans healthy and safe, we must also take steps to protect Ohioans’ financial wellbeing. We’ve seen reports indicating that scammers are targeting and taking advantage of Ohioans during this scary and confusing time. These scammers particularly prey on seniors who are at higher risk for... Read More
  • March 27, 2020

    This crisis is different from anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. It’s going to take a sustained response over many months to slow the spread of the coronavirus, save lives, and make sure people can get back on their feet. During this time, I am in constant communication with Governor DeWine, Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, and... Read More
  • March 20, 2020

    Important Travel Update for Ohioans at Home and Abroad  I wanted to give you the latest update on travel recommendations from the State Department. Please share with anyone it may help.Due to the impact of COVID-19, the State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory to avoid all international travel. Americans should not... Read More
  • March 20, 2020

    In the middle of this public health crisis, I am in constant communication with Governor DeWine, Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, and other health officials around our state. This week I had calls with officials in Lorain, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton, with more calls getting scheduled all the time. I’m listening to Ohio communities... Read More
  • 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