WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call to outline important priorities he is working to secure on behalf of Ohio workers and families before the end of the year.

Brown discussed important legislative initiatives for Congress to act on, including:

  • The need to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Healthy Start in Ohio.
    • CHIP covers more than 209,000 children in Ohio. Brown’s bipartisan bill to extend CHIP funding for five years passed the Senate Finance Committee, but has yet to be taken up by the full Senate.
  • Efforts to ensure Ohio retirees can keep the pensions they have earned.
    • Brown has introduced legislation that will put the pension plans back on solid footing and ensure they can meet their obligations to current retirees and workers for decades to come, without cuts. Brown named the bill after Butch Lewis, the former retired head of Teamsters Local 100 in Evendale, Ohio.

“It’s despicable that this Congress has spent all its time on a tax bill that rewards corporations that ship Ohio jobs overseas, when we have urgent business that must be done for working families,” said Brown. “It’s time to stop the politics, roll up our sleeves, and get to work for the people we represent, before they pay the price for Republican leaders’ wrong priorities.”

While Ohio families anxiously await action on children’s healthcare and pensions for retirees, Senate Republicans last night passed a tax reform bill that will force Ohioans to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and corporations by taking away their healthcare, driving up insurance premiums and forcing cuts to Medicare.