coronavirus - financial relief

A line outside the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City near Columbus in November.
Karen Kasler

Unemployment and financial problems from the pandemic have brought millions of people to food banks, which are serving 150,000 more Ohioans per month than they were a year ago. That’s putting a strain on the system that supports those people in need.

Though he had campaigned for former President Trump's re-election, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) attended President Biden's inauguration and said he'll work with his administration.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is among the 10 Republican Senators who met with President Biden to talk about their COVID relief packages, though the Republicans' plan is a third the size of the one Democrats want. But Portman is hoping for more talks on those dueling deals.

credit Andrea Izzotti,

Ohio's two U.S. Senators are among the congressional leaders calling for passage of a new economic relief package. The senators say the bipartisan proposal can target areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.