Senator Sherrod Brown

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has requested Veterans Affairs police be designated as law enforcement officers with authority beyond VA property, citing an Ohio case in which a shooter fled a medical center.

Ohio's Democratic senator asked VA Secretary Robert McDonald for the change in a letter Thursday. Brown says VA police currently don't have authority to pursue immediate threats beyond VA property and that could hinder their ability to respond.

Dayton Groups Rally Over Proposed Trade Agreement

May 18, 2015

Dayton unions and community groups plan to rally today in front of Republican U.S. Congressman Mike Turner’s Dayton office. They’ll urge him to vote no on fast tracking the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The fast track legislation would make it possible for the president to push the large trade agreement through congress quickly with no amendments.

Brian Mason, the political coordinator for IUE-CWA Local 755, thinks the agreement would lead to more jobs being outsourced to Asian countries.

Brown Says Senate Must Balance Freedom And Security

May 15, 2015
Sherrod Brown
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The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to end the National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection of American’s telephone records, and the issue is now moving to the Senate. Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been a strong critic of what he sees as the excesses of the Patriot Act, including the bulk collection of data by the National Security Agency. And he met recently with CIA and NSA officials to discuss those concerns.

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.

Children's Hospital of Dayton

Health coverage for 130,000 Ohio children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP is set to expire later this year. 

Ohio's Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was at Dayton Children’s Hospital on Monday to announce his plans for extending the CHIP program set to expire in September. Brown says he’ll be the lead sponsor of legislation to address the issue.

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Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is grinding the ax of tax reform in advance of Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Brown wants to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) under a proposal he’s calling the “Working Families Tax Relief Act.”

Sen. Brown Defends His No Vote On Keystone XL

Nov 20, 2014
Sherrod Brown
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Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is defending his vote against the Keystone X-L pipeline Tuesday. The move to fast-track the pipeline’s construction was shy one vote in the Senate, with strong support from Republicans and a few Democrats.

Brown says if the Keystone Pipeline project is approved and built, it would divert tar sand crude away from Midwestern refineries, a costly move for consumers.

Minimum wage activists demonstrated in Dayton in December 2013.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Today is October 10, 10/10—and it’s been declared National Minimum Wage Day. $10.10 is the new minimum wage many advocates are calling for. Right now Ohio’s minimum wage is $7.95, and it will automatically go up to $8.10 on January 1, 2015.

Senator Sherrod Brown (right) compared algae-filled water with clear water on a recent visit to Stone Lab on Lake Erie. Researcher Justin Chaffin is on the left.
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Ohio’s U.S. Senators have introduced two bills that address the problems with toxic microcystins, a result of the bacteria known as blue-green algae, in the state’s waters. Toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie caused a two-day shutdown of Toledo’s water system in August, and algal blooms have been reported in lakes around the state including Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Buckeye Lake.

Sherrod Brown
WCPN

President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 Tuesday, and among the many reforms, cuts and expansions, he’s calling for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a program benefiting low-income Americans.

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