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FACT CHECK: Sherrod Has Always Fought For Ohio’s Best Interests

JOSH CLAIMS:  Sherrod is too liberal and has voted with President Obama 95% of the time.

THE TRUTH:  Sherrod has always fought for Ohio’s best interests and he has stood up to both parties when Ohio’s economic prosperity is on the line.

1. In 2011, in order to protect Ohio manufacturers and consumers, Sherrod sided with the coal industry over President Obama on regulations for new and upgraded coal power plants and factories. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/1/11]

2. Sherrod voted against the Cap and Trade bill. [CQ; Vote 145, 6/6/08]

3. Sherrod teamed up with the business community, including the National Association of Manufacturers, to protect Ohio manufacturers in the climate change debate. [The Hill, 10/1/09]

4. Sherrod voted against Obama-supported trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. [Vote 161, 10/12/11; Vote 162, 10/12/11; Vote 163, 10/12/11]

Columbus Dispatch: Brown Has Plenty Of Differences With Obama.  In a June 2011 column in the Columbus Dispatch, Jack Torry wrote “As next year’s election looms closer, the split is growing between President Barack Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown. Outside of being from the same political party, they don’t seem to have much in common any longer.”  Torry went on to note Brown’s differences with Obama including international trade policy and Afghanistan policy.  [Columbus Dispatch, 6/27/11]

Sen. Brown Sided With The Coal Industry Over President Obama On Regulations For New Or Upgraded Coal Power Plants And Factories. In March 2011, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “The coal industry and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, don’t agree on much.  But both are trying in their own ways to stop President Barack Obama’s administration from imposing rules this year on new or upgraded power plants and large factories that use coal. And both said they are taking the actions because the rules would hurt Ohio manufacturers and consumers.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/1/11]

Brown Voted Against Cap And Trade Bill.  In June 2008, Senator Brown voted against a motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances. [CQ; Vote 145, 6/6/08]

Sen. Brown Teamed Up With The Business Community To Protect The Interests Of Manufacturing Companies During The Climate Change Debate.  In October 2009, The Hill wrote “While Brown is a solid supporter of labor unions, he has teamed up with the business community to protect the interests of manufacturing companies in the climate change debate. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) wrote a letter to Brown last week endorsing his proposal to set up a $30 billion Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund to help small- and medium-sized businesses restructure their production lines for a new economic landscape. But Brown says protecting manufacturers is a necessary step to protect workers.  ‘Climate change has to be substantively a jobs bill and has to be sold as a jobs bill,’ said Brown.”  [The Hill, 10/1/09]

Brown Voted Against Trade Agreements Between The United States And South Korea, Panama and Colombia Supported By Obama Administration.  In October 2011, Senator Brown voted against passage of the bill that would implement a trade agreements between the United States and Colombia, Panama and South Korea. [Vote 161, 10/12/11; Vote 162, 10/12/11; Vote 163, 10/12/11]