Political briefs – Aug. 9


PORTMAN TO LAUNCH JOBS TOUR ACROSS OHIO – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that he will launch a Jobs Tour across Ohio. This week, Portman will begin his Jobs Tour to 13 counties in 5 days, totaling over 1,500 miles. Portman will tour factories, visit a military base, host an agriculture-focused roundtable, address business groups, and meet with workers across Ohio to listen to their concerns about the economy and talk about his solutions to make it better.

“Since taking office, my number one priority has been bringing good-paying jobs to Ohio,” Portman stated. “I have fought to keep jobs in our state, to increase wages, and to empower Ohioans to ensure that they have a better tomorrow. We’ve had success, but the work isn’t done and I’m looking forward to meeting with workers in every region of Ohio over the next five days to discuss my fight for them.”

With a focus on jobs for Ohio, Portman has introduced a seven point Jobs Plan to improve the lives of Ohio workers – on everything from eliminating government waste, improving worker retraining to connect Ohioans to jobs, improving healthcare, enhancing energy efficiency, reforming our tax code, to providing regulatory relief.

Despite Washington gridlock, Portman has successfully introduced and passed 31 bills, chipping away at his Jobs Plan to improve the lives of Ohio workers. During his time in the Senate, Portman has introduced over 170 bills, over 140 of which were bipartisan.

Day 1

Northwest Ohio Agriculture Roundtable

Lima Tank Plant General Dynamics Tour

Day 2

Dayton Development Coalition Forum

Columbus Chamber of Commerce Roundtable

Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce Roundtable

Day 3

Avon Lake Ford Visit

Factory Tour at More Than Gourmet in Akron

Day 4

Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber Roundtable

Coal Visit to Rosebud Mining

Day 5

Warren County Factory Tour at AM General in Franklin

Greene County Factory Tour at US Aeroteam in Beavercreek

Hamilton County Factory Tour at Ilsco in Cincinnati

Jobs Roundtable in Clermont County with Cincinnati National Society of Hispanic MBAs

AS SENATE RULES COMMITTEE NEGOTIATES CONTRACT WITH RESTAURANT ASSOCIATES, BROWN MEETS WITH WORKERS AND LEADS DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IN PUSHING FOR BETTER WAGES FOR SENATE’S CAFETERIA AND CATERING EMPLOYEES – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is leading efforts to raise wages for the U.S. Senate’s cafeteria and catering workers. As the Senate Rules Committee negotiates its contract with the Restaurant Associates, the Senate’s food and catering contractor, Brown and the Democratic Caucus urged Rules Committee leadership to advocate for better wages for these employees.

Brown also met with four Senate cafeteria workers including: Charles Gladden, a Senate cafeteria worker who is homeless and Sontia Bailey, a cashier in the Senate who works two jobs.

“It’s critical that we raise the minimum wage for all Americans, including those who work each day where laws are made,” Brown said. “Americans who work hard and take responsibility should be able to make ends meet and take care of themselves and their families. The U.S. Senate should lead by example and ensure good benefits and wages for those who work in these buildings.”

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