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Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill they say will help combat the opioid abuse problems in the Buckeye State.

Adora Namigadde

Protestors urged Senator Rob Portman on Monday afternoon to vote against the American Health Care Act, the Republican health care bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a slim victory last Thursday. It's now being reworked in the Senate.

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In March, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio's 15th district introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Its aim is small, but important—expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness.

Adora Namigadde

On its second attempt at a vote, U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act with a slim victory Thursday afternoon. House Republicans got just enough votes to pass the Affordable Care Act replacement. They needed 216 votes, and they got 217—while just 213 representatives voted against it.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman acknowledges he was unsettled by President Donald Trump’s Tweet today calling for a “good” government shutdown. Portman says he’s trying to focus on the policies, not what he calls “the noise.”

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 24, 2017
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Ohio is slated to receive $26 million to fight the ongoing heroin epidemic from Health and Human Services. The money will be used for medication-assisted treatment, prevention, and screening. Join us today as we discuss this and the latest in state and national news with a panel of guests.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 10, 2017
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President Donald Trump ordered a missile launch on Syria's government-controlled Shayrat air base in response to a chemical attack on Syrian citizens last week. This was the first American assault on Syria and Trump's most aggressive military action since he took office. Join us today to discuss the latest in state and national politics with a panel of reporters. 

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Sen. Rob Portman says he's hopeful Congress will be able to vote this week on Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, without invoking the so-called "nuclear" option—but he'd support it as a last result. 

Though a suspect has been arrested for calling in bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers around the country, a Jewish community leader says they won't let down their guard.

Both of Ohio’s US Senators were very concerned about what would happen to the 700,000 Ohioans now on Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act if the ACA was repealed. Now that the House has released its plan, one is completely opposed, but the other isn’t totally sold on it either.

Adora Namigadde

With shouts of “Refugees are welcome here” and “No racism, we’re done with that," constituents of U.S. Senator Rob Portman gathered outside his Columbus office on Tuesday to protest President Trump's revised travel ban.

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In the last two months, over 100 Jewish centers across the country have received bomb threats, including the Jewish Community Center of Columbus. On Friday, Senator Rob Portman visited with leaders of Ohio's Jewish community to condemn these attacks as un-American and call for a firm response.
 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to step aside from the Justice Department investigation into whether Russia interfered in last year's election has drawn mixed reactions from Ohio's U.S. senators. 

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman is joining many of his GOP colleagues in calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. Senator Sherrod Brown, along with several Democratic lawmakers, has demanded Sessions' resignation.

Republican lawmakers are defending their choice not to attend public forums with their constituents. Noting the hostility, he’s seen at these so-called “town halls” around the country, U.S. Senator Rob Portman is calling for civility.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is reintroducing a bill he hopes will slow the flow of synthetic heroin such as fentanyl and carfentanil into the country.

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to prevent President Donald Trump from easing sanctions against Russia.

Rob Portman followed through on promises Tuesday in voting to confirm Betsy DeVos as the country’s next Secretary of Education. 

Republican Senator Rob Portman (left) and Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown both agreed that President Trump's travel ban has problems.
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Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators are taking issue with President Trump’s executive order on immigration that left many, including some permanent residents with green cards, stranded overseas and in airports over the weekend.

Cleveland-area clergy are asking Ohio Sen. Rob Portman to vote no on the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General. They gathered at Portman’s Cleveland office today to express their concerns with President Donald Trump’s nominee.

Sen. Rob Portman says that Ohioans who depend on Medicaid expansion or exchanges should not worry about the potential repeal of the ACA.
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Though Republicans are working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator says there’s no reason for those who depend on it to worry.

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The Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio says he’s already talked to President Elect Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, who's controversial to some activists.

Rob Portman
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With Republican control of the White House in site, several members of Ohio’s Congressional delegation anticipate a flurry of legislative activity that will undo elements of the Obama Administration’s social initiatives. Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator says he’s excited by the prospect. 

Newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman withdrew his endorsement of Trump weeks before the election and said he would instead write in the Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence.
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Ohio’s newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman will return to Capitol Hill with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

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Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman has won re-election over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race Democrats once considered a good opportunity to pick up a Senate seat.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (left) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (right) debate for the third and final debate for the U.S. Sentate seat in Cleveland last night
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The two major party candidates for U.S. Senate in Ohio held their third and final debate in Cleveland last night at the Ideacenter. Freshman Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, faced former Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat. As Ideastream’s Mark Urycki reports each tried to link the other to their party’s presidential candidate.

Some observers feel Ohio’s US Senate contest is all but over, with incumbent Rob Portman leading Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland by around 15 points. But the candidates are continuing their tour of the state with three debates – the first was Friday in Youngstown, and last night they met in Columbus.

A Republican senator from Ohio, who recently rescinded his support for Donald Trump, and his Democratic challenger are set to hold their first debate.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges talks with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) on the convention floor at the RNC in Cleveland in July.
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This was a devastating weekend for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Ohio – he lost the support of three GOP officeholders over lewd comments made about women in a 2005 tape that was brought to light on Friday.

Ohio's junior U.S. senator, Rob Portman announced late Saturday he is rescinding his previous endorsement of Republican president nominee Donald Trump.

Portman was one of dozens of GOP leaders from around the country who have announced they can no longer support Trump, after the disclosure Friday of a 2005 video in which Trump makes lewd, vulgar comments about a married woman he said he wanted to have sex with.

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