Republican tax plan

Rob Portman, Republican, U.S. Senate from Ohio
U.S. SENATE

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says his party’s tax reform bill has taken a significant step forward. 

Ohio’s Rob Portman is on both the Senate Finance Committee and its subcommittee on taxation and is a backer of the tax bill. He says the measure, though still being hotly debated, has cleared an important hurdle.

photo of Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is weighing-in on the Republican tax plan in the Senate, including a piece that he says was slipped-in “in the dead of night” to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

photo of Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown
OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Republicans in the U.S. Senate have rolled out their tax reform plan to join what the Trump Administration and the U.S. House have offered. Ohio's two Senators plan to be key players in the process.

Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman are both in the committee that will hear the tax reform plan.

Portman said on the Senate floor there are many provisions that would result in higher wages for employees, such as a measure to reduce the corporate tax. 

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

As GOP Senators revealed their tax reform plan in Washington today, members of the House Ways and Means committee moved forward with amendments to their version of the bill. The House plan includes at least one provision that has university presidents up in arms.

The House GOP tax reform bill released last week would place a 1.4 percent tax on the endowments of private colleges and universities. On Thursday, a House committee approved an amendment to the bill that expands the tax beyond the universities themselves to affiliated non-profit organizations.

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WKSU

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says Ohio could learn from this week’s wins for Democrats in New Jersey and Virginia.

Brown says that when voters elected Democratic governors in the two states -- and a number of other Democrats around the country -- this week, they were really sending a message about the federal government and its handling of things like health care. He says that should resonate with Ohioans next year.

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