Paul Ryan

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President Trump’s trade office is preparing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. This would be the first time it’s been revisited since it took effect in 1992. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Matthew Richmond reports that the possibility for major revisions could affect at least one major Ohio industry.

Nearly 140 speakers signed up to appear at a recent three-day public hearing in Washington. An online commenting site received 12,000 submissions.

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Ohio House leaders are teaming up with their counterparts in Wisconsin to find solutions to  issues they have in common. They want to send those ideas to federal lawmakers.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos say they’ll send a joint letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan about issues the federal government might be turning back to states, such as Medicaid. Vos notes governors have been active in speaking out.

Sherrod Brown

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence said repealing the Affordable Care Act will be at the top of the Trump administration’s to-do list.

Democrat Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown agrees that health care in the U.S. could be better, but he’s critical of Republican lawmakers for not bringing anything to the table.

“Of course it needs improving. They never come up with, ‘Here, let’s do things together to make this better.’ We have some ideas we could do, but they just want to repeal and play to their crowd.”

Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s speech to the Ohio delegation this morning included a muted call for Ohio and the rest of the country to unify behind Donald Trump.

Ryan dwelled more on tax policy and football than on the presidential campaign. But in the end – literally the last sentence of his speech – he brought it all together and uttered Donald Trump’s name for the first time.

“We’re all on the same team. We all want the same thing. Voting for anybody but Donald Trump means you’re voting for Hillary Clinton. It’s as easy as that.”