Portman Voted to Bring Gov’t Closer to Shutdown Thursday, Local Leaders Hold Him Accountable for Playing Washington Politics with Ohio Jobs
COLUMBUS – U.S. Sen. Rob Portman voted Thursday to bring the federal government closer to a shutdown, and with the deadline for congressional action coming Wednesday, Portman and the Senate have left for the weekend with no votes scheduled until next week.
Local elected officials and community members have been holding Portman accountable with the ‘No Jobs Rob’ Shutdown Watch Tour across Ohio.
Portman voted Thursday on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood — essentially holding the economy hostage by tying the ability to keep the government open to an extreme political agenda. The No Jobs Rob Shutdown Watch Tour stopped in Youngstown just before yesterday’s vote. The tour was in Lakewood today, and Columbus and Marietta earlier this week after kicking off in Dayton last Friday.
“Senator Portman is gambling with the livelihood of Ohio families to score political points with Washington special interests,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “Ohio suffered enough last time Senator Portman shut down the government and now he’s playing Washington politics with Ohio jobs once again.”
Portman voted five times against legislation to stop the government from shutting down in 2013. Then Portman voted against reopening the government and allowed the shutdown to drag on for 16 days with Ohioans paying the price.
The federal government will run out of money and shut down on Oct. 1 unless Congress acts. But instead of working to pass a budget and avoid a shutdown, Portman and Congressional Republicans are holding meaningless votes on defunding Planned Parenthood, then breaking for an early weekend rather than doing the work that voters elected them to do.
Read more about how a shutdown would hurt Ohio HERE.