Senator Rob Portman

Taxes
5:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Could Affect Hundreds Of Thousands In Ohio

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) has spoken out in favor of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit in the past.
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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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Around the Miami Valley
6:19 am
Fri February 14, 2014

US Senator Portman To Lead Trafficking Forum In Dayton

It’s estimated that more than 1,000 in Ohio are victims of sex-trafficking each year.  300,000 children nationwide are considered to be at high risk. Those numbers are galvanizing politicians, police agencies and other organizations to raise awareness about the war on human trafficking.

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War On Poverty
7:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ohio U.S. Senators Weigh In On The War On Poverty

Senator Rob Portman stands closer to the center on poverty issues than many of his Republican colleagues.
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The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

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Politics
7:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Portman’s Energy Bill Is Grounded By Unrelated Amendments

A bipartisan energy efficiency bill sponsored by Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is going nowhere this year.The Shaheen-Portman bill sets targets and establishes programs to boost energy efficiency for government and commercial buildings, and manufacturers. It has bipartisan support and was considered a major piece of energy legislation that had a chance.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Historic Gay Rights Bill Passes Senate With Portman's Support

Portman delivers comments on Amendment to Strengthen Religious Liberty Provisions in Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined a handful of Republicans in the Senate to support the measure.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would prohibit employers from hiring, firing or promotion practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Portman joined the Democratic majority to back the bill, but only after his amendment was added that exempted religious employers from ENDA.

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