Portman to Launch Making a Difference Tour Across Ohio
August 24, 2015 - 7:50 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today
announced that he will launch the Making a Difference Tour across Ohio. The
tour will highlight good policies and focus on how to build on them to make a
difference for Ohio families. Portman will begin his tour this week to nine
counties, traveling over 1,300 miles. He will meet with Ohioans he has teamed
up with to expand opportunities in Ohio and make good-paying jobs available to
all, address drug abuse in our communities, and combat human trafficking. This
tour follows up on Portman’s Jobs Tour earlier this month.
“Since taking office, I have fought to improve the lives of
Ohioans who work hard and want a better tomorrow for their families,” Portman
stated. “I’ve done this by teaming up with local stakeholders and all Ohioans
who refuse to believe America's best days lie ahead of us to create a better
future for our state. We’ve had success, but the work isn’t done, and I’m
looking forward to highlighting policies that work and discussing how we can
build on those ideas.”
Portman has successfully
introduced and passed 31 bills, chipping away at his Jobs Plan to improve the
lives of Ohio workers. During his time in the Senate, Portman has introduced
over 170 bills, over 140 of which were bipartisan.
Day 1: Trade Enforcement Victory to Help Level Playing Field
for Ohio Workers
On day one, Portman will visit with members of the United
Steelworkers Local 207-L in Findlay to meet with workers and retirees of Cooper
Tire to discuss his work to help them win a trade enforcement case that will
protect Ohio jobs.
Last month, Portman applauded the U.S. International Trade
Commission (ITC) ruling in favor of the United Steelworkers’ (USW) trade
enforcement case on unfairly subsidized and undersold passenger vehicle and
light truck tires imported from China. Portman got involved with this case
after meeting with USW workers from Cooper Tire earlier this year to discuss the
challenges posed by unfairly imported Chinese tires that violate trade laws.
Following that meeting, Portman urged the Administration to closely study this
Ahead of the ITC hearing on this case, Portman submitted
testimony to support Ohio workers.Portman’s testimony can be found here.
On day two, Portman, who serves as co-chair of the Senate
Caucus to End Human Trafficking, will host a Human Trafficking Awareness Event
with Gracehaven at the City Life Center in Columbus. Gracehaven was founded in
2008 to address the huge need for rehabilitation for victims of domestic minor
Earlier this year, Portman announced that three of his bills
to combat human trafficking, the Bringing Missing Children Home Act, the Combat
Human Trafficking Act, and the Ensuring a Better Response for Victims of Child
Sex Trafficking, are now law.
These bills follow up on Portman’s extensive efforts to
combat human trafficking. Last year, Portman’s provisions to protect children
from violent criminals were signed into law as part of the Child Care
Development Block Grant. Additionally, key provisions of Portman’s Child Sex
Trafficking Data and Response Act, which requires state child welfare workers
to identify and document victims of sex trafficking within the child welfare
system, were signed into law last year. In December 2012, Portman’s bill to
strengthen protections against trafficking in connection with overseas federal
contracts, the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act, was signed into
law as part of the National Defense Authorization Bill.
Day 3: Combatting Drug Abuse and Helping All Those who have
Fallen Beneath the Cracks
On day three, Portman will visit BRIDGES in Cleveland, which
is part of the Drug-Free Community Coalitions in Ohio. BRIDGES receives funding
through the Drug Free Communities Act, which Portman authored. Since enacted in
1997, the Drug Free Communities program has funded nearly 2,000 coalitions and
currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country.
Portman will also address the Ashland Area Chamber of
Commerce and discuss his work to keep jobs in our state, increase wages, and to
empower Ohioans to ensure that they have a better tomorrow.
Day 4: Connecting Ohioans with the Skills Needed to Obtain
21st Century Jobs & Protecting Ohio Workers from Unfair Competition from
On day four, Portman will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony
for the grand opening of the Max Hayes High School in Cleveland. Portman, who
serves as co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, will
discuss his work to ensure that Ohio workers are equipped with 21st century
Last year, key components of Portman’s bipartisan workforce
development legislation known as the Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and
Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act were signed into law as part of the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Portman will also meet with workers and tour AK Steel in
Zanesville. He will also receive the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel
Champion Award. Portman will receive this award for his work to help Ohio
steelworkers through his Leveling the Playing Field Act which he authored with
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and was recently signed into law. This bipartisan
bill will give U.S. companies – like the steel industry – new tools to fight against
unfair trade practices.
Day 5: Leveling Playing Field for Ohio Workers, Combatting
Human Trafficking, and Facilitating Economic Development in Ohio
On day five, Portman will meet with union representatives
and new management at Glatfelter, a paper mill in Chillicothe. Portman has
helped Glatfelter on a trade case involving unfairly subsidized imports and
recently welcomed the preliminary ruling from the U.S. Department of Commerce
protecting Glatfelter jobs. The preliminary ruling covers countervailing duty
margins, which are illegal foreign government subsidies on uncoated paper imports
from China and Indonesia.
Portman also expressed strong support of the ITC’s
preliminary phase investigations that found evidence that the imports in
question are dumped at significant margins and that imports from China and
other countries benefit from a wide array of government subsidies. That letter
follows up on efforts last year to help other Ohio paper workers facing
Portman will also visit the Ohio Christian University in
Circleville to host a human trafficking-focused roundtable discussion.
He will also discuss his work to help OCU receive an
economic development grant for its new Southern Gateway Economic Innovation
Development Center. As a mixed-use incubator that will focus on agribusiness,
logistics, and technology-based entrepreneurs, this public-private partnership
project will help to bring entrepreneurial services to Fayette, Pickaway, and
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