Senator Rob Portman

Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Same Sex Marriage Advocates Launch Campaign

A coalition supporting same-sex marriage announced a new initiative yesterday in Ohio’s three largest cities.

A couple dozen supporters gathered outside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, as organizers announced the creation of “Why Marriage Matters Ohio”.  Its goal is to educate state residents on marriage equality, and help build support to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage.  The ban was approved by nearly two-thirds of voters in 2004.

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Politics
6:28 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Ohio Lawmakers Face Decision In Syria And Political Fall Out

Ohio Representatives are expressing a variety of questions and concerns regarding whether or not to support President Obama's call for military action in Syria. The Columbus Dispatch's Jessica Wehrman speaks to Emily McCord in the weekly segment, PoliticsOhio. Werhman reports that this is not the usual party-line disagreement and says she'll be watching Speaker of the House, John Boehner, closely in the next few weeks, as he is the only Republican from Ohio that is backing the President's plan.

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Politics
6:36 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ohio Reps Question Syria Plans As Vote To Use Force Nears

Congress will face a choice about whether to approve President Obama’s call to use military force in Syria when it returns to session next week. Obama made his case for a limited military strike against Syria after mounting evidence that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons.

The plan is raising concerns from Ohio lawmakers. Republican Senator Rob Portman, says he could support a limited strike, but he think the United States shouldn’t go it alone, if at all.

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Agriculture
10:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Senator Portman Speaks on Controversial Farm Bill, Food Stamp Cuts

U.S. Sen. Portman (center) spoke with farmers at Mike Farm Enterprises near Centerville Wednesday. Owner Mike Clark is on the left.
Credit (WYSO/Lewis Wallace)

  U.S. Senator Rob Portman met with farmers in the Dayton area Wednesday to talk about the farm bill. The bill, which is up for renewal, subsidizes both agribusiness and food stamps.

The farmers want a new bill passed soon to protect crop insurance, a federally-subsidized program that helps farmers cope when nature destroys their crops. But Portman recently voted against the Senate version of the omnibus bill.

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Agriculture
11:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

U.S. Sen. Portman to Meet with Miami Valley Farmers

U.S. Senator Rob Portman will meet with farmers in the Dayton area today to answer questions about the farm bill.

For most farmers, the first concern about the farm bill is making sure there is a farm bill. The bill expires every five years, and the U.S. House and Senate have until October to agree on a new version or extend the old one.

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