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Brown, Portman Support Expanding Broadband Access

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s U.S. senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are backing a piece of legislation that would build-up internet access in underserved areas like rural… Read More

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WATCH: Sherrod Brown on the Influence of Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday after enduring a series of disappointing results in state primary elections. But many of the positions on which Sanders campaigned still resonate with the liberal wing of the party. PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins reports, and… Read More

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Ohio’s U.S. Senators Support Federal Aid to Fight Coronavirus

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UPDATE: President Trump signed the legislation on Friday. The U.S. House and Senate passed a bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency bill to help states deal with coronavirus, sending it to the Senate, where it will get support from Ohio’s two Senators. Republican Sen. Rob Portman says health agencies and states need the money immediately to fight the… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks at Ohio University's Baker Student Center in Athens, Oh on August 29, 2018.

Brown Says 50K Ohioans Left Out Of Trump’s New Overtime Rule

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is taking on President Donald Trump’s new overtime rule, saying the increased salary threshold to require overtime pay isn’t high enough. A rule created under President Barack Obama increased the salary threshold so everyone making $47,000 or less would be required overtime pay. But it’s Trump’s proposal that will go… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sherrod Brown Believes Public Pressure Is Building For Gun Regulations

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State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills. And Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. But Congress has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate. The standoff is over background checks. The U.S. House has… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sherrod Brown Wants Companies To Offset Impact Of Automation Displacement

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is touring the state pushing for a way to soften the blow for workers who lose their job to automation by adding requirements for companies. Brown’s bill would require companies to give workers 100 days advanced notice if they’re going to be displaced by new technology, six months of severance… Read More

U.S. Sen. Brown Blames Trump Administration For Denying Access To Border Facility

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep… Read More

Senators: Feds’ American Flags Should be Made in America

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A pair of senators says the American flags the federal government purchases should have to be made in America. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, introduced legislation they call the “All-American Flag Act” that would require the government to buy flags produced entirely with… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sherrod Brown Pushes Trump Administration On Overtime Pay

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is proposing a bill that would require overtime pay for any salaried worker making less than $51,064, a more than $15,000 increase to the Trump Administration’s proposed threshold. The current overtime salary threshold is set at $23,660, Brown says his plan would make overtime pay available for more than 4.6 million… Read More

“Buy American” Bill Would Create Accountability For Federal Contracts

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The state’s two U.S. Senators are teaming up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) “Buy American” bill would require agencies to explain their out-of-country contracts, placing that information on BuyAmerican.Gov. Portman says this adds public accountability, allows American companies to see what opportunities are… Read More

Sherrod Brown Weighs-In On Crowded 2020 Presidential Race

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown bowed out of the 2020 presidential race weeks ago, and many speculated that was because former Vice President Joe Biden was planning to run. When asked for his thoughts on Joe Biden running for president, Sherrod Brown said that he doesn’t comment on any individual’s strengths or weaknesses as a candidate. However, he continued to push… Read More

Sherrod Brown Won’t Run For President In 2020

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday he will not run for president in 2020. Throughout the past couple of months, Brown has campaigned in four early primary and caucus states. But he says he thinks he can be more effective by staying in the U.S. Senate. “It’s not fear of any specific opponent,” Brown says. “It wasn’t process. It… Read More

Sherrod Brown Wrapping Up Tour Of Early Primary States

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is starting the final leg of his tour of the early presidential primary and caucus states. As he visits South Carolina, Brown says he’s learned a lot as he gets closer to making a decision on a possible presidential run. Brown has been spreading his pro-worker message but says he’s learned about… Read More

Sherrod Brown Taking His Tour To New Hampshire

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is heading to New Hampshire to kickoff the second leg of his tour of the early presidential primary states. Brown says he’s nearing a decision about whether to make a run for the White House. Sherrod Brown says like in Ohio, there are many Iowa communities dealing with the challenges… Read More

Campaign Experts Weigh In On Sherrod Brown’s Tour Of Key Presidential States


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Ohio’s senior US Senator has launched a tour of key presidential primary and caucus states, but says he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.  But three campaign experts in Ohio have thoughts on Sherrod Brown’s “Dignity of Work” tour. Former Democratic National Committee chair David Wilhelm managed President Bill Clinton’s… Read More

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Critical Of Lordstown Plant Closing

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Ohio’s senior Senator is blasting General Motors for planning to close the Lordstown plant in March. He says Congress needs to change the tax code to prevent companies from benefitting from that action in the future. Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says workers are being hurt by GM’s decision. “While people’s lives were being upended… Read More