Portman’s Foreign Jobs Plan

Senator Voted for Eight Outsourcing Agreements, Including NAFTA, Opposed Auto Rescue for Ohio Jobs

COLUMBUS – Karl Rove’s dark-money group swooped into Ohio last week to prop up U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s lagging poll numbers with a $1.1 million TV ad promoting Portman’s ‘Jobs for America’ plan. But a quick look at Portman’s record shows a clear history of backing trade deals that send jobs to Mexico, Canada, China, Korea, Colombia . . . . really anywhere but right here in America. Yet, when Portman had the chance to save 160,000 Ohio jobs, he opposed the auto rescue.

“Anyone who would cheerlead for trade deals that ship jobs overseas, and stand in the way of saving American auto jobs has no business representing the state of Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue.

  • Portman has lived up to the name by voting for every single reckless trade deal he could, eight in total, including NAFTA.

  • Ohio has lost a net 320,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since NAFTA took effect. But, Portman calls NAFTA a “proven success.”

  • Ohio lost 100,000 jobs to China after the trade deficit ballooned under Portman’s watch as U.S. Trade Representative for President George W. Bush.

  • Portman put 160,000 Ohio jobs and 1.5 million American jobs in jeopardy when he opposed the auto rescue, calling it a “lousy deal.”

 

FACT CHECK: PORTMAN’S PLAN? SEND AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS

STRICKLAND IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE FOR OHIO WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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PORTMAN IS A “DEDICATED OUTSOURCER” WHO HAS CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED TRADE DEALS THAT HAVE COST OHIO JOBS. TED WILL FIGHT THEM.

·         Portman was called a “dedicated outsourcer” for his consistent support of free trade deals like NAFTA. Portman, in fact, has voted for every free trade deal he could.

·         Reckless trade deals haven’t worked for Ohio, with Ohioans having lost over 320,000 net manufacturing jobs since NAFTA’s passage.

PORTMAN CALLED THE AUTO RESCUE THAT SAVED 160,000 OHIO JOBS A “LOUSY DEAL.” STRICKLAND URGED ACTION FOR IT.

·         Portman called the auto rescue a “lousy deal,” saying it would cost Ohio jobs.

·         In fact, the auto rescue saved 160,000 Ohio jobs in 2009 alone, and it saved over 1 million U.S. jobs nationally.

PORTMAN WORKED TO STRIP WORKERS OF THEIR GUARANTEED OVERTIME AND HAS VOTED DOWN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

·         Portman backed President Bush’s effort to strip overtime wages from millions of American workers.

·         Portman voted against increasing the minimum wage, which would benefit over one million Ohioans.

PORTMAN SUPPORTED PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY, RAISING THE RETIREMENT AGE, AND ENDING MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT

·         Portman supported President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security.

·         Portman supported raising the retirement age for Social Security.

·         Portman supported voucherizing Medicare, ending the program as we know it.

PORTMAN STOOD WITH MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES OVER OHIO STUDENTS

·         Portman opposed effort to let graduates refinance their student loans to lower interest rates, instead choosing to protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

·         Portman voted to slash Pell grants, hurting over 350,000 Ohio students.

PORTMAN’S DARK-MONEY ALLIES ARE SWOOPING IN TO HELP PORTMAN BECAUSE EVERY RECENT POLL HAS HAD STRICKLAND LEADING PORTMAN

·         One Nation is a dark-money political group associated with Karl Rove.

·         Three recent public polls have had Strickland leading Portman, despite Republicans’ big money barrage.

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PORTMAN HAS VOTED FOR EVERY RECKLESS TRADE DEAL HE COULD, WHICH HAVE TIME AND AGAIN COST OHIO JOBS

Portman Voted For 8 Free Trade Deals In Congress. Strickland Voted Against 8 Free Trade Deals. During his time in Congress, Strickland voted against eight trade deals. Portman, during his time in Congress, voted for eight trade deals. These votes are detailed in the table below:

Free Trade Agreement

Year

Strickland

Portman

U.S.-Colombia

2011

YES

U.S.-Panama

2011

YES

U.S.-South Korea

2011

YES

U.S.-Oman

2006

NO

U.S.-Bahrain

2005

NO

CAFTA

2005

NO

U.S.-Morocco

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Australia

2004

NO

YES

U.S.-Chile

2003

NO

YES

U.S.-Singapore

2003

NO

YES

NAFTA

1993

NO

YES

[H.R. 3078, Vote 163, 10/12/11; H.R. 3079, Vote 162, 10/12/11; H.R. 3080, Vote 161, 10/12/11; H.R. 5684, Vote 392, 7/20/06; H.R. 4340, Vote 616, 12/7/05; H.R. 3045, Vote 443, 7/28/05; H.R. 4842, Vote 413, 7/22/04; H.R. 4759, Vote 375, 7/14/04; H.R. 2738, Vote 436, 7/24/03; H.R. 2739, Vote 432, 7/24/03; H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]

Tapped To Be Bush’s Trade Representative, Portman Was Criticized For Being A “Dedicated Outsourcer.” “In a surprise move, President Bush on Thursday tapped one of his closest congressional allies, Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the next U.S. trade representative, giving the administration an insider’s influence in steering trade pacts through Congress. … Just the same, Alan Tonelson, a research fellow with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, which represents companies affected by free trade and opposes current free-trade policies, called Portman’s nomination a ‘slap in the face to the U.S. domestic manufacturing base.’ ‘Rep. Portman has been a dedicated outsourcer throughout his career in Congress,’ Tonelson said in a statement.” [CQ Today, 3/17/05]

Portman Voted For NAFTA. Strickland Voted Against NAFTA. [H.R. 3450, Vote 575, 11/17/93]

·         Public Citizen: “Ohio Has Endured A Net Loss Of More Than 323,000 Manufacturing Jobs – One Out Of Every Three – Since The 1994 NAFTA And The World Trade Organization Agreements Took Effect.” “Ohio has endured a net loss of more than 323,000 manufacturing jobs – one out of every three – since the 1994 NAFTA and the World Trade Organization agreements took effect. Nearly five million manufacturing jobs have been lost nationwide. U.S. manufacturing workers who lose jobs to trade and find reemployment are typically forced to take pay cuts. Three of every five who were rehired in 2014 took home smaller paychecks, and one in three lost greater than 20 percent, according to Department of Labor data.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

·         The U.S. Trade Deficit In The Top Ohio Exports To NAFTA Countries Rose 476 Percent In The Last 17 Years. “The U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada in the top 10 products that Ohio exports to those countries has more than quintupled in the last 17 years, rising 476 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

·         Ohio Has a $10 Million Agricultural Trade Deficit With NAFTA Partner Countries, But A $1.8 Billion Agricultural Trade Surplus With The Rest Of The World. “Ohio has a $10 million trade deficit in agricultural products with NAFTA partners Mexico and Canada, but a $1.8 billion agricultural trade surplus with the rest of the world. The disparity owes largely to the fact that Ohio’s agricultural exports to NAFTA partners actually have fallen $4 million, or 3 percent, in the last five years, while the state’s agricultural exports to the rest of the world have risen $1.5 billion, or 452 percent.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

·         More Than 12,000 Ohio Small-Scale Farms, Or 17 Percent,

·         Disappeared In The First 21 Years After NAFTA’s Passage. “Small-scale U.S. family farms have been hardest hit by rising agricultural imports and declining agricultural trade balances under FTAs. Since NAFTA took effect, more than 12,000, or 17 percent, of Ohio’s smaller-scale farms have disappeared. Nationwide, nearly 180,000 small U.S. farms have gone under since NAFTA and NAFTA expansion pacts have taken effect.” [Public Citizen, Accessed 4/24/15]

Portman Voted For Permanent Normal Trade Relations With China. Strickland Voted Against. [CQ, 5/24/00; H.R. 4444, Vote 228, 5/24/00]

·         Ohio Lost 106,400 Jobs To China After Passage Of Permanent Normal Trade Relations. “Since China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, the massive growth of trade between China and the United States has had a dramatic and negative effect on U.S. workers and the domestic economy. Specifically, a growing U.S. goods trade deficit with China has the United States piling up foreign debt, losing export capacity, and losing jobs, especially in the vital but under-siege manufacturing sector. […] The 3.2 million U.S. jobs lost or displaced by the goods trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2013 were distributed among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with the biggest net losses occurring in California (564,200 jobs), Texas (304,700), New York (179,200), Illinois (132,500), Pennsylvania (122,600), North Carolina (119,600), Florida (115,700), Ohio (106,400), Massachusetts (97,200), and Georgia (93,700).” [Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

·         Economic Policy Institute Headline: “Growing U.S. Trade Deficit With China Cost 3.2 Million Jobs Between 2001 And 2013, With Job Losses In Every State.” [Economic Policy Institute, 12/11/14]

2015: Portman Voted To Fast-Track TPP Without Reading It. “Though he hasn’t read the TPP proposal, Portman voted June 24 with the majority in a 60-38 vote to approve fast-track authority. Fast track is a key step in the trade process. It allows the president to give such deals to Congress for only yes-or-no votes without the power for the legislative body to amend them.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 8/3/15; H.R. 2146, Vote 219, 6/24/15]

PORTMAN OPPOSED THE AUTO RESCUE, CALLING IT A “LOUSY DEAL,” EVEN THOUGH IT SAVED 160,000 OHIO JOBS

Portman Called The Plan To Rescue General Motors A “Lousy Deal.” Portman issued a statement on the General Motors Bankruptcy Plan: “The General Motors bankruptcy plan Washington announced today is a lousy deal for Ohio. Taxpayers, including hard working Ohioans, are investing $50 billion in a GM plan that we now find includes shutting down plants in Mansfield, Parma, and Columbus, Ohio. The reason for this unprecedented taxpayer bailout and government intervention was to preserve jobs. Instead, for our $50 Billion taxpayer investment, thousands more workers will see their jobs disappear. Ohio deserves better than this.” [Rob Portman For Senate, via Internet Archive, accessed 3/9/12]

Study Found Auto Rescue Saved 160,000 Ohio Jobs In 2009 Alone. “I took it personally when some people were willing to let Detroit go bankrupt rather than fight for hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. In Ohio alone, more than 800,000 jobs are related to the auto industry. More than 120,000 Ohioans are directly employed by automakers, auto dealers, and supply-chain parts manufacturers.  The Center for Automotive Research found that Ohio would have lost more than 160,000 auto jobs in 2009 had Senator Brown, President Obama, and others not acted.  The auto rescue was about more than saving the Big Three. Ohio is home to more parts suppliers, industries, and technology companies that support America’s auto manufacturing base than practically any other state. Investing in the auto industry meant investing in Ohioans up and down the state, in all walks of life.” [Toledo Blade, Ken Lortz Op-Ed, 10/18/12]

Study Found The Auto Rescue Saved 1.5 Million U.S. Jobs. “The federal bailout of General Motors Co, Chrysler and parts suppliers in 2009 saved 1.5 million U.S. jobs and preserved $105.3 billion in personal and social insurance tax collections, according to a study released on Monday. […] The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, estimated in its study that the bailout saved a lot of jobs, even crediting for a rebound of the industry in 2010 after the initial fallout.” [Reuters, 12/9/13]

STRICKLAND URGED EARLY ACTION ON THE AUTO RESCUE

October 2008: Strickland Wrote Letter To The Treasury Department Urging “Immediate Action” To Help The Auto Industry. “Support for aiding the industry is growing among political leaders in states with heavy automotive employment. Last week, the governors of Michigan, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Delaware and South Dakota wrote a letter to Mr. Paulson and the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, urging ‘immediate action’ to assist the industry.  ‘While all sectors of the economy are experiencing difficult times, the automotive industry is particularly challenged,’ the letter said. ‘As a result, the financial well-being of other major industries and millions of American citizens are at risk.’” [New York Times, 11/3/08; Letter To Federal Reserve And Treasury Department, 10/31/08]

December 2008: President Bush Announced Auto Rescue With Billions In Federal Loans. “President Bush announced a rescue plan for General Motors and Chrysler LLC Friday morning that will make $13.4 billion in federal loans available almost immediately.  The money will come from the $700 billion fund set aside to bail out Wall Street firms and banks in October.  With these loans, Treasury will have committed virtually all of the $350 billion of that fund that it can hand out without additional authorization from Congress. Once Congress releases the other $350 billion, the two automakers will be able to borrow an additional $4 billion.” [CNNMoney, 12/19/08]

PORTMAN BACKED PLAN TO KILL OVERTIME PAY FOR SOME WORKERS AND OPPOSED MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE BENEFITING A MILLION OHIOANS

Portman Supported Undermining Overtime Laws, Backing President Bush’s Plan That Could Cause More Than 8 Million Workers To Lose Eligibility For Overtime Pay. In 2003, Portman voted against a measure to block the Bush administration’s attempt to revise overtime rules that could cause over 8 million workers, including some who earn as little as $22,100 per year, to become ineligible to receive any extra pay when they work more than 40 hours a week. The regulations would largely eliminate the requirement to pay overtime to employees earning over $65,000 a year. The effort to block the regulations passed 221-203.  [CQ, 10/2/03; Economic Policy Institute, 6/26/03; Economic Policy Institute, 6/25/03; Miami Herald, 1/12/03; H.R. 2660, Vote 531, 10/2/03]

Portman Voted Against Debating A Proposal To Increase The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10. In April 2014, Portman voted against a: “motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to the bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016. It would gradually increase the minimum cash wage for workers who receive tips until it equals 70 percent of the federal minimum wage for other workers. It also would amend the tax code to extend through 2016 the $500,000 cap for small business expensing of investments eligible for deductions, including allowances for computer software and qualified real property.” The motion was rejected 54-42. [CQ, 4/30/14; S. 2223, Vote 117, 4/30/14]

·         Increasing The Federal Minimum Wage To $10.10 Would Benefit More Than 1.1 Million People In Ohio. [Economic Policy Institute, 12/19/13]

·         Raising The Minimum Wage Would Have Meant A Raise For Nearly 687,000 Women In Ohio. According to the National Women’s Law Center, if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10, 687,000 women in Ohio would have received a raise. [National Women’s Law Center, 2/10/14]

STRICKLAND SUPPORTED INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE AND FIGHTING INCOME INEQUALITY

Strickland Supported Raising The Minimum Wage And Expanding Access To Education To Combat Income Inequality. “‘People are working harder and their incomes are flat, or in some cases they are actually falling backward,’ he said. ‘At the same time the richest in our country are seeing their wealth explode and we are seeing this exploding gap between the average working people and a few not rich, but super rich people. ‘It think that is unhealthy democracy.’ One way to combat that, Strickland said, is to raise the minimum wage and make sure the education system is adequately funded and that the colleges and community colleges and trade schools are accessible for Ohio’s children.” [Parkersburg News And Sentinel, 4/26/15]

PORTMAN SUPPORTED PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY AND VOUCHERIZING MEDICARE

PORTMAN SUPPORTED PRIVATIZING SOCIAL SECURITY AND RAISING THE RETIREMENT AGE

Portman Was A Strong Supporter Of Bush’s 2005 Plan For Private Social Security Accounts. “There’s been an ongoing campaign amongst supporters of President Bush’s 2005 Social Security privatization scheme to rewrite the history books and claim that they were never in favor of such an idea. Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-PA), for instance, asserted in August that ‘I’ve never said I favor privatizing Social Security.’ But when Bush released his plan, Toomey reacted like this: ‘I have been arguing for many years in favor of Social Security personal retirement accounts…I’m thrilled that the President is taking up this critical issue.’ Another advocate of privatization who is now running away from the term is former Bush budget director Rob Portman, who is campaigning for the open Senate seat in Ohio. […] But if anything is clear, it’s that Portman was an unabashed supporter of privatization, calling private Social Security accounts ‘the greatest force in the universe’ and lauding Bush for his ‘political leadership and courage on this issue’” [Think Progress, 10/5/10]

·         Portman: Putting Social Security Funds In The Market Can Be “Perfectly Safe And Guaranteed.” PORTMAN: “I think the choices are very simple, and President Clinton used to say this all the time and he was right. You either increase taxes, which Jerry has just said is one alternative, you either cut benefits, which as Jerry just said is another alternative, or you get a higher rate of return from the trust fund assets. Getting that higher rate of return, the problem thought, should be done by the government. I didn’t agree with that. Even some of his own cabinet members didn’t agree with that. We didn’t pursue that. What we’re talking about is letting individuals save a little bit of their hard earned money for themselves, for their own retirement. It can be a perfectly guaranteed and safe system. It depends how you structure it.” [Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, 6/18/01]

Congressional Quarterly: Portman “Has Advocated Dramatic Changes To The Medicare And Social Security Systems” That “Tend To Scare Elderly Voters.” “Portman concedes that the backing of his solidly Republican constituents gives him the liberty to pursue enactment of the kind of controversial, nationally significant legislation that members in more politically competitive districts tend to shy from. For example, he has advocated dramatic changes to the Medicare and Social Security systems, which tend to scare elderly voters, and he is a strong proponent of trade liberalization, which does not win much support among his unionized constituents.” [CQ Weekly, 1/25/03]

Portman Supported Raising The Social Security Retirement Age. “To Portman, higher taxes are not the answer. In an opinion piece last month in The Wall Street Journal, Portman wrote that ‘drowning our children in taxes is no better than drowning them in debt to pay our retirement benefits.’ Instead, Portman suggested raising the retirement age for Social Security recipients and curbing benefits for wealthier Americans, a concept known as means-testing.” [Columbus Dispatch, 8/18/14]

PORTMAN SUPPORTED PLAN THAT WOULD ‘END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT’

Portman Voted For FY 2012 Ryan Budget. In May 2011, Portman voted for a motion to proceeds to the House Republican budget blueprint drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The House-passed Republican budget plan would address the debt problem by making sweeping cuts to the federal budget, while overhauling Medicare and other federal entitlement programs for future seniors. The motion was rejected 40-57, with five Republicans voting no. [Washington Post, 5/25/11; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote 77, 5/25/11]

  • Ryan Budget Would Give Vouchers For Those 55 And Younger To Buy Private Insurance. “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan vowed Thursday to include aggressive reforms of Medicare in the budget proposal he is beginning to craft. Ryan reiterated his controversial idea to issue vouchers to beneficiaries. Ryan, R-Wis., said he wants to “protect” people who are currently 55 or older by giving them Medicare exactly as it exists today. “We don’t want to pull the rug out from people on their way to retirement,” he said. Those now younger than 55 would get a voucher to buy private insurance when they become eligible. He likens this idea to the health insurance program for federal employees – including members of Congress – who can choose from a menu of federally certified health plans.” [Fiscal Times, 3/3/2011]

  • Wall Street Journal: Ryan Plan “Would Essentially End Medicare.” “The budget has been prepared by Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and the new chairman of the House Budget Committee… The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

  • NPR’s Health Shots: “Key Part” Of Ryan Budget Plan Was “Ending Medicare As We Know It” “With the federal deficit in their sights, Republicans are preparing a budget proposal that would reportedly trim $4 trillion in government spending over the next decade. How do they do it? Ending Medicare as we know it is a key part. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, is the man with the plan. Details are set to be released Tuesday.” [NPR, Health Shots, 4/4/11]

  • Washington Post’s Wonkblog: GOP Proposed Privatizing Medicare. “In general, seniors vote Republicans and poor people don’t. So the easy play for Paul Ryan was clear: limit the entitlement-reform portion of his budget to slashing Medicaid. Then he could say he was taking a first step on entitlements without enraging the GOP’s core supporters. He didn’t do that. Ryan — and the GOP — are proposing to privatize Medicare. They’re proposing to save money by giving seniors less than their now-private Medicare will cost. They’re endorsing a plan that is the single least popular option for balancing the budget — below raising the retirement age, cutting defense spending or raising taxes on the rich.” [Washington Post, Wonkblog, 4/4/11]

PORTMAN VOTED TO CUT PELL GRANTS AND OPPOSED LETTING STUDENTS REFINANCE THEIR DEBT TO PROTECT TAX BREAKS FOR MILLIONAIRES

PORTMAN VOTED TO CUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PELL GRANTS, HURTING OVER 350,000 OHIO STUDENTS

Portman Voted For Republican Spending Proposal That Cut Pell Grants. On March 9, 2011, Portman voted for passage of the bill that would provide continuing appropriations through fiscal 2011 for all government agencies, except the Defense Department, which would receive $515.8 billion in base funding. Most other programs would be funded at fiscal 2010 levels, less eliminations, reductions and rescissions totaling roughly $61.5 billion. The bill does not include earmarks and eliminates all previous fiscal 2010 earmark funding from continuing appropriations. The bill would eliminate funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternative engine program and prohibit any funding from being made available to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. It also would bar the use of funds made available in the bill for a variety of executive branch regulatory activities and implementation of several provisions of the health care overhaul law. The bill failed 44-56. [CQ, 3/9/11; H.R. 1, Vote 36, 3/9/11]

·         Republican Spending Bill Cut Pell Grants By $5.7 Billion, Or 24%, And Reduced Maximum Pell Grant Award By $845 And Cut Total Pell Grant Funding By 24%. “The House proposal would reduce funding for Pell Grants by approximately $5.7 billion, or 24 percent, and would reduce the maximum discretionary Pell Grant award by $845 (from $4,860 to $4,015), or 17.4 percent.  This cut would affect all 9.4 million students who receive Pell Grants.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

·         Republican Spending Bill Cut $215 Million From The Pell Grants Program In Ohio, Which Would Affect More Than 350,000 Ohio Students. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Republican spending bill cut funding for Pell Grants in Ohio by $215 million. In all, the cuts would affect about 356,000 Ohio college students.  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/1/11]

PORTMAN SIDED WITH MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES OVER LETTING STUDENTS REFINANCE THEIR DEBT

April 2015: Portman Voted Against Allowing Student Loan Debt To Be Refinanced At Lower Rates By Requiring Millionaires To Pay An Effective Federal Tax Rate. In April 2015, Portman voted against: “Warren, D-Mass., motion to instruct conferees to insist that the conference report include language that would allow student loan borrowers with outstanding loans to refinance at the equivalent interest rates that were offered to federal student loan borrowers during the 2013-2014 school year and to fully offset the cost of such a program by requiring millionaires to pay at least a 30 percent effective federal tax rate.” The motion failed, 45-52. [CQ, 4/15/15; S.Con.Res. 11, Vote 149, 4/15/15]

March 2015: Portman Voted Against Adjusting Budgetary Levels To Allow For Student Loan Refinancing Legislation Paid For By Increased Taxes On Millionaires. On March 25, 2015, Portman voted against: “Warren, D-Mass., amendment no. 652 that would adjust the resolution to increase the recommended levels of federal revenue between fiscal years 2016 and 2025 by $72.5 billion, increase new budget authority and outlays during that period by $64.4 billion, and reduce deficit figures over those fiscal years by $8 billion. The changes are intended to reflect future legislation that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance outstanding debt at 2013-14 interest rates, which would be offset by requiring millionaires to pay a federal tax rate of at least a 30 percent.” The amendment was rejected 46-54. [S. Con. Res. 11, Vote 86, 3/25/15; CQ, 3/25/15]

June 2014: Portman Voted To Kill Bill Allowing Refinancing Of Student Loan Debt Paid For By Increasing Taxes On Millionaires. In June 2014, Portman voted against: “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed the bill that would allow eligible borrowers who took out student loans prior to July 1, 2013 to refinance those loans to rates offered to new borrowers. It would be offset by increasing taxes on those who earn more than $1 million a year.” The motion failed, 56-38. [CQ, 6/11/14; S. 2432, Vote 185, 6/11/14]

·         Legislation Could Have Saved Borrowers Average Of $2,000 Over The Life Of A Student Loan. “The administration has said Warren’s proposal could reach roughly 25 million borrowers and save an average borrower $2,000 each over the life of his or her loans.” [U.S. News & World Report, 8/26/14]

STRICKLAND SUPPORTED LETTING STUDENTS REFINANCE THEIR LOANS, INCREASING PELL GRANTS, AND WORKING TOWARDS DEBT-FREE HIGHER EDUCATION

Strickland: No Student Should “Ever Be Deprived Of The Ability To Get A College Education Because Of Lack Of Financial Resources.” “I would like to see us commit ourselves to making sure that no student would ever be deprived of the ability to get a college education because of lack of financial resources, and I think that’s possible.” [The New Political, 10/21/15]

Strickland Supported Increasing Pell Grants. “Strickland plans to make college more affordable for students: Increasing Pell Grants.” [Dayton Daily News, 10/14/15]

Strickland Supported Letting Students Refinance Their Loans At Lower Interest Rates. “I think we ought to make it possible for students to refinance their loans, get a lower interest rate. Here again, something else Sen. Portman voted against.” [The New Political, 10/21/15]

Strickland Supported Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Plans So “Recent Grads Don’t Pay More Than They Can Afford While Starting Their Careers.” “Strickland said he wants to expand income-based repayment plans so ‘recent grads don’t pay more than they can afford while starting their careers.’ In addition, he said the federal government should provide states with grants to help lower the cost — a proposal at the center of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s higher education agenda. ‘If the cost keeps escalating, it will put college out of reach for a lot of students,’ Strickland said. He provided few other details.” [Dayton Daily News, 10/14/15]

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ONE NATION IS A SHADOWY DARK MONEY GROUP, WHOSE FOUNDER IS INTENT ON BLANKETING OHIO IN NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING

One Nation Was A 501(c)(4) Linked To Karl Rove. “Republicans are launching a new nonprofit group to highlight the legislative successes of its vulnerable incumbents with a $2 million advertising blitz touting the work of five vulnerable GOP senators to protect Medicare.  One Nation, a new 501(c)4 linked to the Karl-Rove-backed American Crossroads super PAC, is spending more than $1.9 million on print, radio and digital ads highlighting the efforts of Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey to pass the ‘doc fix’ legislation that realigned payments to Medicare providers with inflation.” [CNN, 5/12/15]

Akron Beacon Journal Headline: “Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Says Going Negative Is In The Plan For Ohio.” “A request by the Akron Beacon Journal to interview Rove about his commitment to suspend negative campaign spending in Ohio was denied. […] The Akron civility project has grown into a statewide call, led by the Ohio Bar Association and the National Institute for Civil Discourse, to curb the negativity for the 2016 election cycle. Ian Prior, American Crossroads communications director, said the Super PAC has no intention of heeding the call. ‘As in any election, we will look to execute a paid media campaign that best informs the voters about the issues that are important to them and give them the full context of the Democrat that is running, including negative information that the Democrat chooses not to include in their own advertising,’ Prior said.” [Akron Beacon Journal, 8/4/15]

OpenSecrets Calls 501(c)(4)s “Dark Money” Groups Because They Do Not Have To Reveal Their Donors, But Can Receive Unlimited Contributions. “Politically active nonprofits – principally 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(6)s – have become a major force in federal elections over the last three cycles. The term ‘dark money’ is often applied to this category of political spender because these groups do not have to disclose the sources of their funding – though a minority do disclose some or all of their donors, by choice or in response to specific circumstances.  These organizations can receive unlimited corporate, individual, or union contributions that they do not have to make public, and though their political activity is supposed to be limited, the IRS – which has jurisdiction over these groups – by and large has done little to enforce those limits.” [OpenSecrets, Last Updated 10/29/15]

WHY IS KARL ROVE SWOOPING IN TO PORTMAN’S RESCUE? THE LAST THREE POLLS HAVE STRICKLAND IN THE LEAD, DESPITE THEIR OUTSIDE MONEY BARRAGE

October 2015: Bowling Green State University Found Strickland Leading Portman By 8. [Springfield News-Sun, 10/22/15]

October 2015 Quinnipiac Poll Found Strickland Leading Portman, 46-43. [Quinnipiac University Polling, 10/8/15]

October 2015 Poll Found Strickland Leading Portman, 46-43. [Roll Call, 10/6/15]

 

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