WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since initial reactions from the Mueller report, the region’s representatives in Washington have mostly moved forward with their own initiatives this past week. Here’s a quick review.
Rep. Jim Jordan
As ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Jordan has been on the warpath working to undermine the actions of committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings as Cummings works to continue investigations into the actions of President Donald Trump.
Since the full report was released on April 18, Jordan has blamed Cummings for “attempting to hurt private businesses” after Cummings made remarks about pharmaceutical companies, wrote a letter to the White House offering former official Carl Kline an opportunity to have legal aid during an interview to prevent a potential conflict between the committee and White House over security clearances and has condemned Cummings for an alleged private memorandum of understanding made with Rep. Maxine Waters concerning investigatory efforts.
Jordan, like Trump, has also called for a counter-investigation into the workings of the Justice Department to look into reasons for the appointment of the special counsel.
Rep. Bob Latta
Latta has made less waves than Jordan in the last few weeks as his legislative schedule focuses more on pushing and passing bills.
Last Thursday, Latta reintroduced two bills supported by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. According to a release by Latta’s office, H.R. 2105 would establish a “Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee” to advise the secretaries of the interior and agriculture, and H.R. 2106 would change the approval system for commercial filming activities on federal land by small film crews in order to make the process easier.
On Saturday, Latta also participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Perrysburg’s Walmart, where Ohio residents can safely dispose of unneeded prescription drugs.
Sen. Rob Portman
After returning from a Congressional trip to South Korea, Portman visited Newark this past week to deliver remarks at Central Ohio Technical College as part of his JOBS Act and Workforce Tour.
Portman also made some news weighing in on North Korea’s $2 million bill sent to the United States for the country’s medical treatment of Otto Warmbier.
“The United States owes them nothing. They owe the Warmbier family everything,” Portman tweeted Thursday when news of the bill broke.
Portman recently wore an “Otto” shirt at the North Korea border when he visited the country’s southern neighbor. Warmbier, an Ohio native, was jailed by North Korea in 2015, and Portman was heavily involved in the return of the college student back to the United States. Warmbier died shortly after arriving home after being held in the country for more than a year.
Sen. Sherrod Brown
The latest news generated by Brown concern remarks made by Trump’s Federal Reserve Board nominee, Stephen Moore, who called Cincinnati and Cleveland the “armpits of America” in 2014. Brown wanted to know why Moore said as much, demanded an apology and called Moore’s comments “disqualifying.”
Brown has also made some news as he supports his Democratic colleagues who are looking at the White House in 2020. Upon Joe Biden’s announcement of his intention to run for president this past week, Brown declined to comment on Biden’s strengths or weaknesses but pushed Democratic candidates to use his pro-worker message, according to the Statehouse News Bureau.
“I think there are so many people running for president because every one of them, and they’re right about this, knows that they will do a better job than this president,” Brown said.
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