Sen. Rob Portman

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he believes NAFTA should be saved, despite comments by President Donald Trump suggesting the U.S. should withdraw fromthe trade deal.

Portman says there are areas where NAFTA could be improved but he believes it would be a “mistake” to terminate the trade agreement.             

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

The U.S. House and Senate have passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades, with the bill splitting down party lines. Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown contends that this primarily benefits the rich and will ballon the deficit, while his Republican counterpart Rob Portman argues that this can help pay down the deficit in the long run.

“It’s just morally outrageous, the whole thing.”

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. 

Congressman Tim Ryan
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Northeast Ohio Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan says he’s awaiting the release of the details tomorrow  before passing judgment on the GOP tax cuts. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, he says if the past is a prologue, he has big reservations.

Ryan says what he’s heard about the Republican plan so far would add $1.5 trillion to the deficit and mean steep cuts to programs like Pell grants for college that boost the middle class. And he says the whole plan is built on trickle-down economics—a premise called into question during the administration of President George W. Bush.

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