Sherrod Brown

Sec. Marcia Fudge dangles $10 billion to relax restrictive zoning as part of housing plan

BY: - May 17, 2022

A delegation from Washington, D.C. braved a muddy construction site on Columbus’ South side Monday. Organizers built an improvised entryway to Touchstone Field Place out of large sheets of plywood with topped with astroturf. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge made the visit to tout the Biden administration’s efforts to expand affordable housing. The […]

Sen. Brown visits Chillicothe in bid to keep VA hospital open

BY: - April 15, 2022

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed closing its hospital in Chillicothe as part of a system-wide review to streamline services. The facility serves a broad swath of Appalachian Ohio. In its place, the VA plans to build an outpatient clinic nearby and rely on larger facilities in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati handle excess […]

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With support of Putin’s attack on Ukraine, Trump turns betrayal of America into an artform

BY: - March 1, 2022

This should be the final straw. A former American president genuflecting to a ruthless dictator invading a democratic ally of the United States. Can you imagine any other U.S. president publicly admiring a violent, unprovoked assault on a sovereign nation of democracy-defending citizens? Hell no. Yet, even as Russian President Vladimir Putin rained carnage on […]

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We’re about to find out what the Intel deal actually cost us

BY: - January 28, 2022

In case you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, the big news in economic development not only locally but nationally is Intel’s plan to build a $20 billion microchip factory in New Albany, Ohio. President Joe Biden has come out praising the new factory, talking about the national security implications […]

Ohio lands Intel’s next microchip factory

BY: - January 21, 2022

Ohio’s worst kept secret is out — Intel will soon break ground on a multi-billion dollar factory in Licking County to build the latest generation of computer chips. In recent weeks, local land annexations first reported by Cleveland.com indicated officials were getting the final few elements of an agreement in place before Friday’s announcement. At […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill: ‘America is moving again’

BY: , and - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill during a ceremony at the White House packed with some 800 supporters, heralding what he said was a “truly consequential” spending bill that will improve Americans’ day-to-day lives. But Democrats also emphasized that there is more to come — a […]

Dem gubernatorial hopeful Nan Whaley pledges universal pre-K if elected

BY: - November 15, 2021

Democrat Nan Whaley is promising to take the universal preschool plan approved by Dayton voters in 2016 statewide if she’s elected governor. The Dayton mayor made a campaign stop Friday in Columbus emphasizing the importance of early childhood education alongside U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH. Universal pre-K is one of the provisions included in the […]

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

BY: - August 11, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), and Kyrsten Sinema, (D-Ariz.), worked […]

It’s raining ‘forever chemicals’ in Cleveland. What’s being done to make Ohio water safe?

BY: - June 25, 2021

In April of this year, scientists decided to measure the healthiness of the rainwater falling over the Midwest. One of the places they measured was Cleveland, Ohio. The rain that fell on Cleveland this spring contained a surprisingly high amount of toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to scientists at the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition […]

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans shut down efforts to open debate on a sweeping elections reform and voting rights bill brought to the Senate floor by Democrats Tuesday night. In a party-line 50-50 vote, the Democratic measure, S.1, titled the For the People Act, did not reach the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster and […]

Collapsing union pension plans win long-sought help from rescue package

BY: - March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Tucked in the Democrats’ massive coronavirus stimulus package was a long-awaited solution for a financial ticking time bomb: private pension funds on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the retirement plans of millions of union members. The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore […]