A Year of Delivering Results for Ohio Portman has worked to help Ohioans struggling with addiction, help combat the horrific crime of human trafficking, increase energy efficiency, create jobs, and boost wages for Ohio workers and.....
BigNews.Biz - Dec 27,2016 - A Year of Delivering Results for Ohio
This year, Senator Portman has been as active as ever in his efforts to deliver results for Ohioans. Portman has worked to help Ohioans struggling with addiction, help combat the horrific crime of human trafficking, increase energy efficiency, create jobs, and boost wages for Ohio workers and much more. Here’s a look at how Senator Portman delivered results for Ohioans in 2016:
Creating Jobs & Delivering Results for Ohio Workers. Portman’s top priority in the Senate continues to be boosting Ohio jobs and the economy. That is why Portman, who has a lengthy record of delivering results for Ohio workers, has worked to expand markets for Ohio products, combat unfair and illegal trade practices that hurt Ohio workers, and protect Ohio steelworkers from foreign cheating. Portman, who has been named a “Hero of Main Street” and “Fiscal Hero,” has worked to create a better environment for job creation and help Ohio workers keep their hard-earned pensions.
In February – after his Leveling the Playing Field Act was signed into law last year – Portman’s ENFORCE Act was signed into law. This bipartisan measure will help American manufacturers by cracking down on foreign competitors launder products through other countries to try to get around our trade laws. And he’s continuing to work to ensure the Obama administration fully implements the law so it makes a real difference for our workers.
Portman’s Leveling the Playing Field Act has led to three big wins for Ohio workers this year. Earlier this year – after Portman had testified in front of the International Trade Commission (ITC) twice – the ITC ruled in favor of Ohio steelworkers and against foreign trade cheats like China three times. As a result, in all three cases the Commerce Department has issued antidumping and countervailing duty orders as high as 265 percent on steel coming from China and certain other foreign competitors. In October, Portman visited Wheatland Tube in Warren, a company that has been hit hard by unfair and illegal imports and is now benefitting from his legislation.
In December, Portman again testified before the ITC in his fight to protect Ohio jobs from unfair foreign trade practices. Specifically, Portman testified to protect Whirlpool and its 10,000 Ohio workers, including the more than 3,000 workers at Whirlpool’s largest American factory in Clyde, Ohio, from unlawful dumping of clothes washers into the United States.
Because of pressure from Portman and others, the Treasury Department rejected the application from Central States to reduce pension benefits by up to 70 percent. Portman continues to work to help the more than 47,000 Ohioans whose pensions could be cut. At a rally in the U.S. Capitol in April, Portman discussed how his Pension Accountability Act will help give pensioners a seat at the table so they can have their voices heard.
In June, Portman and Senator Brown secured a vote in the Senate Finance Committee on the Miner’s Protection Act, which would protect the hard-earned pensions and health benefits of our nation’s coal miners. Portman has fought hard to ensure these