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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]

Former Ohio Senate president Bill Harris dies at 83

  • 11:45 am Monday, November 27th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris has died at 83. He served as president from 2004-10.

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, issued a statement Monday morning.

“Former Senate President Bill Harris was a beloved and respected member of our Senate family. A humble public servant, Bill represented the best of Ohio. He served his country first on the battlefields as a Marine before coming home to build a business and invest in the people and the communities he later represented in the Ohio House and Senate. His devotion to his family, his authentic faith and his genuine interest in his fellow Ohioans [More]

Supreme Court to hear arguments on Ohio voter purge

  • 10:02 am Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry { Washington Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court has re-scheduled oral arguments on Jan. 10 on whether Ohio officials violated federal law when they removed tens of thousands of people from the voting rolls simply because they had not cast ballots in recent elections.

A federal appeals court in Cincinnati in 2016 struck down Ohio’s purge of the voter rolls. The justices originally were scheduled to hear oral arguments earlier this month, but delayed them because one of the attorneys was on medical leave.

The justices will have to determine whether Ohio devised a system aimed at circumventing federal law by [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 Congressman giving money back to NRA

  • 1:56 pm Sunday, October 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Michael Dulman, Jack Torry
Washington Bureau

Rep. Tim Ryan is giving the campaign money — $20,000 — he’s received from the National Rifle Association to gun control groups.

Ryan, D-Niles, who began his career in Congress with an “A” rating from the NRA, decided to donate his NRA money to Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions and Everytown for Gun Safety.

The announcement came after a similar one from fellow Democrat Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, who said he would donate $18,950 of his past NRA contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Ryan, said a spokesman, “has no interest in taking guns [More]

John Boehner criticizes Trump administration over North Korea trade policy

  • 1:08 pm Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Former House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester Twp, sharply criticized the Trump administration for threatening to scrap a free-trade agreement with South Korea, saying such a move “would undermine America’s strategic objectives in the Pacific region and undercut our own workers and employers.”

Boehner, who was a strong supporter of the trade pact when Congress approved it in 2011, said in a statement Tuesday the United States “must strengthen – not weaken – its already vital economic relationships in the Pacific, from South Korea and Japan to Australia and China,” adding “we cannot isolate the regime in” North [More]

Brown has concerns about Trump pick for currency post

  • 12:22 pm Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jessica Wehrman, Washington Bureau

Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s concerned about President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Comptroller of the Currency.

Joseph Otting, former CEO of OneWest Bank, “contributed to the devastation” of the 2008 financial crisis, Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, said during a hearing Thursday of the Senate Banking Committee, by “kicking seniors and families out of their homes, while pocketing $2.5 billion from the FDIC to protect his bank from these losses.”

The Ohio Democrat said Otting and his boss at OneWest, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, have not provided the Senate with information they requested about [More]

Sen. Sherrod Brown has warning for GOP on taxes

  • 4:30 pm Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

By Jack Torry

Washington Bureau

Sen. Sherrod Brown warned if Republicans try to overhaul the tax code without enlisting Democratic support, a chance of “comprehensive pro-growth reform” will collapse much like the health-care bill did this summer.

On the same day President Donald Trump was delivering a speech in North Dakota about revising the tax code, Brown, D-Ohio, said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has appeared to settle on a strategy that will end with only a major tax cut for the wealthy.

“I am convinced we can do tax reform if Mitch McConnell would open it up just the way [More]

Renacci wins poll held at We the People Convention

  • 11:40 am Friday, July 14th, 2017 by Staff Writer

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci won a Republican poll in the governor’s race conducted after the We the People Convention near Columbus last month.

More than 300 tea party and liberty groups attended the event and heard from candidates Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Hused and Renacci. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor did not attend the event.

Among the attendees, Renacci won nearly 62 percent in the poll. Husted was at 23 percent and DeWine at 15 percent.

Renacci is trying to establish himself as the candidate in the race for governor most in line with President Donald Trump. Several key operatives [More]

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants recognition for Pride month

  • 2:33 pm Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill for the Senate to recognize LGBT Pride month, claiming that President Donald Trump has not done so.