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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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Ohio's U.S. Senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country, noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As protests continue across Ohio and the country, the state's Republican U.S. Senator says President Trump could be doing more to help those demonstrations from spiraling into violence.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
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Ohio’s governor and a U.S. senator say the military shouldn’t be sent into their state. Both Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman say it should be up to mayors and state leaders to decide what's needed to restore order.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wants Congress to approve $100 billion in emergency rental assistance as part of the next federal coronavirus relief measure.

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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As Ohio moves forward in reopening businesses, the state's U.S. Senators stress the importance of taking the coronavirus seriously even as social restrictions begin to lift.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is back in Washington along with the rest of the Senate. He's calling for changes to be made to the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, which has been distributing millions to businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, comments on the final statement of House Democratic impeachment manager House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Jan. 24, 2020.
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The Trump administration has invoked a longstanding authority to compel companies to manufacture cotton swabs for COVID-19 testing. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has been pushing for this for weeks.

In this April 16, 2018 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference at a Kroger supermarket as the company announces new associate benefits attributed to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Cincinnati.
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Congress is preparing to allocate more funding to the Paycheck Protection Program—a forgivable loan initiative meant to help employers keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. 

The federal government is in the process of sending out checks to most Americans as part of the stimulus package responding to the economic fallout of the coronavirus. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) talk about some of the next steps they'd like to see from Congress.

As the number of lawmakers who have tested positive for the coronavirus grows, prompting many of their colleagues to self-quarantine, some members are pushing to move to remote voting, which would break a longtime institutional tradition of voting in person.

In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, snow covers the perimeter of the General Motors' Lordstown plant, in Lordstown, Ohio.
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The Trump administration wants to eliminate a loan program that could help an electric vehicle maker with its plan to reopen a General Motors factory in Ohio.

Sen. Portman (R-OH) in Columbus.
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Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman met with local housing officials in Columbus Friday to discuss his efforts to reduce evictions.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, comments on the final statement of House Democratic impeachment manager House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Jan. 24, 2020.
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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Wednesday that he will vote to convict President Trump on two articles of impeachment. His comments came hours ahead of a Senate vote that's expected to fall short of the tally needed to remove Trump from office.

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is holding strong to his original statements on the impeachment of President Trump. A final vote in the Senate trial is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Ohio's Republican U.S.  Senator Rob Portman released a statement Friday saying while he believes Trump's actions toward Ukraine were wrong and inappropriate, processing additional witnesses will take weeks if not months and it's time for Congress to get back to addressing the issues the American people are most concerned about. 

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