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A victory for American workers PDF Print
Saturday, April 05, 2014 8:00 PM




I believe in the power of expanded exports to spur the creation of good jobs, but at the same time, it is critical that we enforce the international rules of trade. When our competitors manipulate markets, engage in illegal dumping, or raise barriers to trade, the United States must take action on behalf of Ohio workers, farmers, and service providers.

Enforcing our trade laws is not a partisan issue. It is a jobs issue and I am proud to stand with the people I represent when their jobs are threatened by the illegal trade practices of our competitors.

Getting Ohio back to work PDF Print
Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00 PM




The last few weeks, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Senate to secure an extension of long-term unemployment benefits that is paid for and will help Ohioans who are still struggling in this economy. I wish we didn’t need an extension at all, but even five years after the recession officially ended, too many of our friends and neighbors are still out of a job. In fact, the number of those who have been searching for work for at least six months remains at historically high levels, far above even what we’ve seen at the height of previous recessions.

An unemployment extension is not a moment for celebration; it’s a moment for reflection on what hasn’t worked in the past to spur job creation for the American people and what we can do better in the future.

An opportunity to lead PDF Print
Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:00 PM




A presidential budget is many things. It is a chance for the President to declare his priorities, to highlight his initiatives, and to offer reforms of how our government does business. But most importantly of all, it is a chance for the President to lead on the fiscal issues of the day. We certainly need that leadership now.

Guest editorial — Delphos: a perfectly boring place to live PDF Print
Saturday, March 08, 2014 9:00 PM

Growing up in Delphos, I thought the town should’ve changed the motto on the welcome sign to “America’s Most Boring City.” I didn’t care that Delphos had friendly people — I wanted something to do. But with no mall or movie theater and only a few places to eat, Delphos seemed like the least exciting place my family could’ve chosen to live.

After college, I moved to Dallas and I thought I had found the perfect city that offered me everything Delphos hadn’t (and couldn’t). If I got hungry, I could choose from dozens of restaurants or grocery stores, all within a 5-minute drive of my apartment. If I got bored, I could head to one of the country’s largest malls or take in a movie at one of the 40 theaters nearby. And to top it off, if I had an emergency, I could call for help from a 3,500-member police force or walk across the street to the second-ranked hospital in Texas.

Dems’ catch: Voters like their issues, not party PDF Print
Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Congressional Democrats held a retreat this week seeking inspiration. But they left as befuddled as ever by an America that arguably likes their issues but not always the party.

This fall’s elections seem likely to leave Democrats in the House minority, and may rob them of their Senate majority. Republicans hope to gain six net seats to control the Senate.

At a three-day retreat by the Chesapeake Bay, House Democrats struggled to explain this political landscape while also insisting the public supports their agenda on immigration, income, women’s rights and other priorities. Friday pep talks by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did little to solve the riddle.


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