Rob Portman

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited the Ohio State Fair to mingle with hundreds of farmers from around the state as news spread that President Donald Trump was moving forward with plans to increase tariffs on Chinese imports. 

Peter Brown, Quinnipiac University Poll
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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Andy Chow

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

Left to Right - Republican Sen. Rob Portman, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown
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The 2017 Republican tax law changes are in full effect this year, and the average federal tax refund is down nearly 9 percent from a year ago. The law lowers federal withholding paychecks and increases the standard deduction for individuals, but it also takes away some deductions. And if taxpayers haven’t adjusted their withholding, they might find themselves with smaller refunds or even owing money this year. What do Ohio's senators think about this?  

Andy Chow

Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators are speaking out against the federal government shutdown, but U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are taking different stances to bringing it back open. 

Andy Chow

The clock is ticking towards a federal government shutdown as Congress has yet to approve a spending bill. The main point of contention is the allotment of $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he hasn’t given up the fight to keep the GM plant in Lordstown open and its 1500 workers employed. 

Dan Konik

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are proposing a major policy shift for residential treatment facilities. Addiction recovery advocates say the change in Congress will help treatment centers open their doors to more people in need. 

President Donald Trump has found an unlikely supporter in his contentious effort to raise tariffs on imported steel - that supporter is Ohio’s top ranking Democrat. 

Ohio’s Republican US Senator has once again endorsed a candidate in this year’s race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. Sen. Rob Portman sided with a colleague who just joined the race over the candidate who’s been in it for months.

Karen Kasler

The U.S. House and Senate have passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades, with the bill splitting down party lines. Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown contends that this only benefits the rich, while his Republican counterpart Rob Portman argues that this can help pay down the deficit in the long run. 

Ohio’s U.S. Senators appear to be split on the latest attempt to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act.  Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been against it, but now we know more about how the state’s Republican Sen. feels.

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The failure of the U.S. Senate’s proposed plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act leaves the program intact. But most Senators, on both sides of the aisle, say if the program is kept, changes must be made to make it function on a long term basis. 

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Republican Party’s state dinner this weekend brought in hundreds, and included two leaders with two different perspectives on the Senate health care bill. And that puts the person who’ll actually be voting on it in a tough position.

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Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators say they still think it’s possible for lawmakers in Washington to come up with a plan to fix problems with the Affordable Health Care Act. U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’s concerned there are not enough insurers available. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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As Senators in Washington continue to grapple with how to reform the Affordable Care Act, Ohio’s two members explain why they have not embraced plans that have been introduced so far. They talk about what needs to be done to it to win their support.

Andy Chow

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s top leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Karen Kasler

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. 

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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.

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Ohio’s Republican and Democratic Senators are split on what the future should hold for embattled U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he weathers claims that he’s had ties with Russia. 

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Ohio’s two US Senators have high hopes for tonight’s address to a joint session of Congress by President Trump.

Andy Chow

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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The U.S. Senate is holding hearings on President Trump’s cabinet picks. His nominee for Secretary of Education is raising eyebrows because of a court case here in Ohio.

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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. 

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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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Gun regulation is an issue has been a challenging one for both major party candidates in the US Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. In the last installment of a three part series breaking down the race issue-by-issue, here's how the candidates stand on guns and regulations.

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Trade is one issue that leaves Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland, trading proverbial blows with one another. In the second of a three-part series breaking down the race issue-by-issue, here's how the candidates stand on trade.

Andy Chow

Two longtime Ohio politicians are duking it out for your vote in the race for U.S. Senate. Republican Senator Rob Portman has held the office since 2011 but Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland wants to take his place. In a three-part series breaking down the race issue-by-issue, here's how the candidates stand on immigration.

Karen Kasler

Ohio’s US Senate race has five candidates on the ballot – the two big names are incumbent Republican Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. But there are three other candidates - nonparty candidates Tom Connors and Scott Rupert, who has run before, and the Green Party candidate, Joe DeMare of Bowling Green.

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