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The state’s two U.S. Senators are teaming up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. 

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Despite the U.S., Mexico, and Canada signing a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, tariffs and national politics have kept speedbumps in the way of closure. 

A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing. The request was filed after the court ruled that the current district lines are gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The state says it’s still looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision pending its appeal. But a top Ohio Democrat says now is the time for the state to get the ball rolling on drawing the new congressional districts. 

General Motors Plans To Sell Lordstown Plant

May 8, 2019
The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
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General Motors plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a Cincinnati company that builds electric trucks. It offers some good news for a community that lost more than 1,700 jobs when the plant closed earlier this year.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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North Korea insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained Ohio college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former U.S. official said Thursday.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and a bipartisan group of Senators want sanctions on the table to ensure the China adequately regulates fentanyl. The Chinese government agreed earlier this week to classify fentanyl and its variants as controlled substances.

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There’s been a lot of talk in Washington recently about the “Green New Deal,” introduced by House Democrats to address climate change. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell forced a vote on the bill in the Senate this week.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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Both Ohio senators say they want the Mueller report to be made available to the public.

“A summary report is not enough,” Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown wrote in a statement Sunday following the release of a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings by Attorney General William Barr.

Brown said the U.S. Justice Department should provide Congress with the full report.

“It’s important that the American public have the answers they deserve about the full scope of the Mueller report and its findings,” Brown said.

Last week U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer launched what Politico called a charm offensive on Capitol Hill amid high-profile trade deals being sought with China, and Canada and Mexico, among others. Some Democrats in the House majority have voiced concerns over the deal to replace NAFTA, especially over labor and environmental regulations.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to terminate President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Both of Ohio's senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, cast their votes in support of the measure.

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has yet to decide whether he will vote in favor of a bill rejecting President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the border wall. 

Rob Portman, Ohio's junior senator – who doesn’t have to worry about running for re-election until 2022 – is really hard to figure out sometimes.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he is undecided on how he will vote on the proposal to reject President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall.

Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he welcomes a lawsuit filed by the United Auto Workers that accuses General Motors of breach of contract for closing several factories, including its Lordstown assembly plant.

He said the impact of the planned closure is already rippling through the economy of the Mahoning Valley and making a bad situation worse.

“These suppliers are starting to shutter their doors too.  So I support what the UAW is trying to do, which is to get them to make good on their commitments and to keep production at that plant,” Portman said.

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