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Turning the tide of drug abuse in our communities PDF Print
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

BY U.S. SENATOR

ROB PORTMAN

 

Over the past few weeks, I traveled across our state, visiting with small business owners, steel workers, and students to hear their views on the challenges facing our communities. While they often spoke about how to create more jobs, bring down the cost of healthcare, and get our economy moving again, there was one issue that was on a lot of people’s minds—illegal drug use and how to prevent and treat it, especially in the wake of a heroin epidemic that is taking the lives of four Ohioans every day.

I have been involved in this issue for more than twenty years. In 1995, I joined with leaders from across southwest Ohio to form the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. I served as chair of the coalition for nine years, and I’ve taken the knowledge I’ve gained from that experience to author half a dozen laws that marshal resources and channel them towards proven approaches in drug prevention and treatment.

 
Congressman requests hearing on Redskins name PDF Print
Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of Congress is requesting a hearing on the Washington Redskins’ name, calling it “another example of racial insensitivity in sports” in the wake of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., sent a letter Friday to the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce citing the derogatory nature of the word “redskins” and suggesting the committee use its influence to persuade team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL to change the name.

 
GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind PDF Print
Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:29 PM

WASHINGTON — The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one’s battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

 
A step in the right direction for Delphi workers PDF Print
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM

BY U.S. SENATOR

ROB PORTMAN

Last week, we were able to win a small, but important victory for the 20,000 families of Delphi salaried retirees who lost up to 70 percent of their pensions because of the actions of the Obama Administration. I was able to secure an amendment in the Finance Committee that will extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), legislation that will help Delphi retirees attain affordable healthcare. Often the HCTC serves as an important bridge for older Americans who lost their pensions until they become eligible for Medicare benefits, covering 72.5 percent of their premiums. But on January 1, 2014, that tax credit expired.

Extending this credit is the least we can do for these families who lost everything as a result of the auto bailout. In the summer of 2009, as the government took GM into bankruptcy, the Obama Administration terminated the pension plans covering thousands of Delphi workers.

 
Got Putin, yet? PDF Print
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM

By Kathleen Parker

WASHINGTON — The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country — not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

The handwriting was on the palm of Nina Khrushcheva’s hand, not that she needs notes.

 
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