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  • March 12, 2021

    Maternal mortality is a growing problem in Ohio and around the country. Too many mothers are dying, particularly mothers of color. Nationally, Black mothers die at 3 times the rate of white mothers, and are twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening complications with their pregnancies. And as many as half of these deaths could be... Read More
  • March 05, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan we just passed includes a big win for working families: a dramatic expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. I’ve been pushing for us to expand these tax credits for years, because they’re two of the most important tools we have to make hard work pay off and lift kids out of poverty. This expansion... Read More
  • March 01, 2021

    This pandemic has been challenging for everyone in our school system – students, teachers, parents, principals, and school boards. They’ve been left to figure this out, largely on their own, with no good options and not enough resources.The number one thing we can do to get students back in classrooms safely is to get community spread under control... Read More
  • February 19, 2021

    More than a million workers and retirees across the country are part of the multi-employer pension system, and many are in danger of losing that secure retirement. For years, I’ve pushed leaders of both parties to fix this and save America’s pensions, and today we are closer than ever to a solution.If the system collapses, it won’t just be retirees... Read More
  • February 05, 2021

    We were already dealing with an addiction crisis in Ohio before COVID-19, and this pandemic is only making it worse.From increased social isolation, to the strain on people’s jobs, school, and family budgets, this pandemic has not been easy for any of us. For Ohioans struggling with addiction, all of that only gets harder.In Ohio, overdoses from... Read More
  • January 29, 2021

    I hear from local leaders all over our state that they need more resources from the federal government to get through this pandemic. Their costs are up, while revenue is down. That’s why this week, I introduced the Direct Support for Communities Act, which would provide federal dollars directly to Ohio cities, towns, villages and counties.Over the... Read More
  • 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