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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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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says as much as one-third of materials in recycling bins are going into landfills.

The Politics Of Impeachment

Oct 1, 2019
U.S. Capital Building
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans last week to focus an impeachment inquiry on efforts by President Donald Trump and others to pressure for Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election.

It marks the fourth time in history that the U.S. House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry into a sitting president.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the history of impeachment, what it means and what the process involves.

 

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Women Running For Office

Sep 25, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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The 2018 midterm elections saw a record number of women run for public office. Many of them won the day. 

 

But the long-term outlook for gender parity in public offices is bleak.

 

Women make up more than half of the U.S. population but account for just a quarter of the members of Congress. For women of color, that statistic drops to one in 10.  

 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: a new guide for women seeking public office.  

 

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Senators thawed a long-frozen dispute over election security this week with an agreement to provide more funding ahead of Election Day next year — but not as much as some Democrats and outside activists say is necessary.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to add $250 million for election security after having held up earlier legislation.

The money will be used by the federal government and the states, he said, and in a way that McConnell argues is appropriate for the federal system and without unreasonable new mandates from Congress.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
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State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills, and Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. Congress, however, has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is touring the state pushing for a way to soften the blow for workers who lose their job to automation by adding requirements for companies. 

"How does one man have so much power?"

One hears that question asked in Washington a lot these days, often with exasperation and bewilderment.

And it is not always a reference to President Trump.

Quite often, the man in question is Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky.

The man who calls himself the "Grim Reaper" — of signature Democratic initiatives.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will discuss measures aimed at addressing gun violence in September. He said he expects background checks, assault weapons and "red flag" laws to be part of the debate.

"What we can't do is fail to pass something," McConnell told WHAS radio in Kentucky, adding, "the urgency of this is not lost on any of us."

Dayton Mayor Joins Letter Urging U.S. Senate To Return For Gun Bill Vote

Aug 8, 2019
Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley speaks to members of the media Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District after a mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Dayton
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More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead.

A U.S. Senate committee is approving the Bridge Investment Act to aid in repairing and replacing outdated and deficient bridges like the Brent Spence.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at a rally for United Steelworkers union.
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday to help stabilize multiemployer pensions, which would affect 60,000 Ohio workers. Now the bill is up for consideration in the Senate, where Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has been pushing for its passage.

The Senate has voted 97-2 to approve a bill that will virtually ensure permanent funding for rescue workers whose work after the Sept. 11 attacks caused health problems.

The House passed the bill last month, and President Trump is expected to approve it, ending a years-long ordeal for the victims after concerns that the fund was on the verge of running out of money.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 17, 2019
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The Ohio Senate latest version of two-year state budget plan would restore a controversial small-business tax exemption and increase a proposed income tax cut from to 8%, among other things. 

House Speaker Larry Householder has signaled that he takes exception to the Senate plan for the budget. 

Today on All Sides, the revised state budget plan and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Texas House Republican Rep. Chip Roy blocked an attempt to pass the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill by unanimous consent, likely stalling passage of the legislation until Congress returns in June.

The Senate approved the measure Thursday 85-8 and House Democrats had hoped to rush the legislation through in a special session on Friday, skipping the regular voting process because lawmakers had already left town to begin a weeklong Memorial Day recess. The procedural vote required the consent of every House member, and Roy did not approve.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

The Senate approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.

The measure passed overwhelmingly — 85-8.

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