With One Week To Go, No Jobs Rob Shutdown Watch Tour Continues Across Ohio

Portman Scheduled to Vote Today on Defunding Planned Parenthood Instead of Keeping Gov’t Open

COLUMBUS – With the threat of a potential government shutdown just one week away, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is wasting more time playing Washington politics instead of working to keep the government open for Ohio jobs, and local elected officials and community members are continuing to hold him accountable with the ‘No Jobs Rob’ Shutdown Watch Tour across Ohio.  

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this afternoon 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 is scheduled to stop in Youngstown today just before the scheduled vote.

Sen. Joe Schiavoni in Youngstown, calling on Portman to stop the shutdown games
Sen. Joe Schiavoni in Youngstown, calling on Portman to stop the shutdown games

The tour was in 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 rather than doing the work that voters elected them to do.

Read more about how a shutdown would hurt Ohio HERE.