Reaching across the aisle: Sherrod’s bipartisan work (this month alone!)

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Reaching across the aisle: Sherrod’s bipartisan work (this month alone!)

Sherrod consistently works across the aisle to make sure legislation that will help hardworking Ohioans becomes a reality. March has been no exception.

Here are just a few times this month that Sherrod’s been part of key bipartisan efforts to help Ohio communities get ahead.

Working across the aisle on trade:

Sherrod showed his support for President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, saying, “This welcome action is long overdue for shuttered steel plants across Ohio and steelworkers who live in fear that their jobs will be the next victims of Chinese cheating.”

Working across the aisle on environmental issues:

Last week, Sherrod teamed up with Democratic Representative Tim Ryan, as well as Republican Senator Rob Portman and Representative David Joyce, to push for funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes are some of our country’s most precious natural resources, with many communities depending on them. Protecting these areas and keeping them clean is crucial in preserving the region’s health and economy, a fact leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize.

Working across the aisle on keeping our schools safe:

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Sherrod joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. The legislation is intended to stop school violence before it begins, by improving school security and investing in early intervention and prevention programs.

Working across the aisle on infrastructure:

Thanks to elected officials on both sides of the aisle, the city of Akron will receive an $8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to continue improvements to the city’s Downtown Akron Promenade Project. This money will go a long way in increasing access to education and job opportunities, improving ADA access, and improving transportation.

Working across the aisle on making our communities safer:

Together with Senator Portman, Sherrod led the way on a bipartisan measure to protect victims of sex trafficking. The bill gained bipartisan support as human trafficking is a state-wide issue. “Ohio, because of our location and our highway system in large part, and because we lag behind much of the rest of the country in employment and people’s hardships, we have more sex trafficking than a lot of places,” Sherrod said.

The bill would allow websites to be held liable for posting illegal content.

Working across the aisle on addressing the opioid crisis:

Last week, Sherrod supported the spending bill. It included a measure providing funding to address the opioid crisis, which has harmed too many Ohio families. The bill provides $3 billion to reduce addiction, $1 billion of which goes directly to affected states. Sherrod and Senator Portman both praised the idea, which Sherrod called “a meaningful step forward for Ohio,” while acknowledging that there is more work ahead to address the epidemic.