In April, Portman Is Trying to Take Credit Hospital Relief, Testing Funds That Republicans Opposed
COLUMBUS — A month ago Sen. Rob Portman went on television and attacked Democratic senators who were fighting for “more money for states and localities [and] hospitals” to respond to the coronavirus crisis, but now Portman is touting the latest coronavirus bill and its appropriations for hospitals and testing — urgent needs that Republicans “resisted” funding.
“This is classic Rob Portman — trying to claim credit for things he opposed or voted against and hoping the people of Ohio don’t notice,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Hospitals are on the front lines of this fight, and Ohio is one of the worst states in the nation for per capita daily testing. We desperately needed more resources for these priorities a month ago, when Portman was criticizing Democratic lawmakers who were fighting for additional funding. Then Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans tried to push through another coronavirus bill that once again neglected hospitals and testing, but Democratic lawmakers fought back to ensure these were included in the final bill. Portman owes an apology to his Democratic colleagues that he chastised and the people of Ohio that he’s trying to mislead.”
Portman has been called out before for this sort of hypocrisy. In 2016, a Cleveland.com reporter noted that Portman had bragged about his work on fighting opioid addiction — while voting against legislation to fund those efforts.