Rob Portman

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Even though the Senate voted last week to bring back net neutrality protections, Ohio’s Rob Portman is looking for another option. The Republican senator voted against the Democrat-backed bill, which is not expected to pass the House.

Now, Portman says he is considering supporting a similar bill by fellow Republican and South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

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The U.S. Senate is set to vote this week on a resolution to undo the Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality rules. Senate Democrats are forcing the vote less than a month before the new rules are scheduled to take effect.

So far, all 49 Democratic senators and one Republican support the resolution to preserve the Obama-era net neutrality rules. A group of senators led by Ed Markey of Massachusetts is bringing the resolution under the Congressional Review Act to force a vote in the Senate.

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President Donald Trump has found a Democratic supporter in his contentious effort to raise tariffs on imported steel --  Ohio’s top ranking Democrat. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says raising the tariffs on imported steel means stiffening trade regulations.

Photo of Senators Rob Portman (left) and Sherrod Brown (right).

Both Ohio senators say President Trump's plan to impose a 25 percent tariff on all steel imports is broader than they would prefer.

Sen. Rob Portman is urging the president to narrow the scope of his proposal. He says while an across-the-board tariff would be good for producers of raw steel,  “It could have a negative impact on our economy on Ohio workers because we have a lot of steel processors, a lot of companies that do things with steel.”

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Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he can provide as many as two-dozen Democratic votes if the Trump administration’s renegotiation of NAFTA includes the right protections for workers.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on yesterday’s trade meeting.