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Video: Sen. Portman honors Barbara Bush on Senate floor

  • 10:28 am Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush last night on the Senate floor. Here’s what he had to say:

“Today I want to talk about the passing of an extraordinary woman. A woman who captured the hearts of Americans across every spectrum.

“Barbara Bush was one of the most popular people in America—and for good reason. One of only two women in the history of our country to be both First Lady of the United States and also the mother of a president, she consistently used those platforms that, as she would say, ‘God graced [More]

Portman secures money for Piketon plant cleanup

  • 1:37 pm Monday, February 26th, 2018 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman } Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman late last week said he has secured a commitment from the Department of Energy to clean up existing landfills and plumes at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

The plant, which enriched uranium during the Cold War and later enriched uranium for nuclear power plants through 2001, has awaited cleanup for years, with Portman, R–Ohio, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D–Ohio, among those fighting annually for cleanup money. Last September, Energy Secretary Rick Perry toured the site.

“I believe his visit here made a difference in securing today’s commitment form DOE,” Portman said.

Portman, citing a [More]

Ohio Sen. Portman to donate money received from Wynn

  • 10:33 am Monday, January 29th, 2018 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman, who received $2,700 from embattled casino owner Steve Wynn and $2,700 from Wynn’s wife in 2016, will give that money to charities that combat human trafficking, his spokeswoman said today.

The charities are in Ohio, the Ohio Republican’s spokeswoman said.

Wynn stepped down as the Republican National Committee’s Finance Chair after the Wall Street Journal last week published a story accusing him of decades of abuse and harassement of women who worked for him. The paper reprted that Wynn, among other things, paid $7.5 million to a manicurist he coerced into sex in 2005. Wynn [More]

Portman named to conference committee on tax bill

  • 1:59 pm Sunday, December 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Jessica Wehrman and Michael Dulman in our Washington Bureau report that Sen. Rob Portman’s influence over the tax legislation racing through Congress will continue.

Portman, R-Ohio, was named last week as one of the senators to be part of a conference committee with the House to forge a final compromise of the GOP-backed plan to overhaul the tax code and reduce tax rates for corporations, small companies, and individuals.

The House and Senate approved slightly different versions of the tax bill, meaning the conferees have to reconcile those differences. Once they do, the House and Senate will have to pass the bill [More]

Portman says tax code changes are ‘doable’

  • 2:48 pm Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Sen. Rob Portman said it was “doable” for the Senate to push through a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code designed to reduce income tax rates on individuals and companies in exchange for scrubbing scores of deductions from the code.

In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Portman, R-Ohio, said revising the code is “doable because we spent years on this. We’re long overdue in reforming a broken tax code.”

“I think there is a consensus now that there is a way to fix this code to bring back more jobs and investment and to help middle class [More]

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman: ‘This is a dangerous world’

  • 1:32 pm Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman made the rounds on cable TV today. He was on Fox News and CNBC.

He talked mostly about President Trump’s trip to Europe, the bombing tragedy in England and the administration’s budget proposals.

On the tragedy in Manchester, Portman said “this is a dangerous world.”

“It’s a three pronged approach. One is the military part we talked about and that is important to go after ISIS and that’s happening now in Syria and also in Iraq. Second, we have to do more in terms of ensuring the people who come to this country are not here to do us harm. There are [More]

Hot political stories for today

  • 2:50 pm Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Violence in Iraq is going to bring the status of the nation back into the spotlight during the presidential race. Here’s a look at some of the hot political stories for today.

Violence in Iraq

Three separate car bombings in the Iraqi capital Wednesday killed at least 93 people and wounded at least 165.

The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for all three bombings. In recent months, the extremist faction has lost some of the Iraqi territory it conquered in a stunning 2014 blitz. But Wednesday’s carnage demonstrates the group’s [More]