The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act of 2012

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In July 2012, President Barack Obama signed the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Act of 2012, a piece of legislation that ensures the United States and Israel continue to cooperate in matters of security. As a co-sponsor of this act, Senator Sherrod Brown believes that Israel not only has the right to defend itself, but must maintain a qualitative military edge over its adversaries.

Sherrod Brown made the following statement in response to the bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria:

“With the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Massacre on the horizon, we are once again reminded that Israel and her allies are still targets of worldwide terrorism. The Israeli victims of this vicious terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria will not be forgotten and I stand with our allies who want to see the perpetrators brought to justice. Terrorism, in any form, cannot be allowed to stand. I am fully committed to supporting Israel’s right to defend herself.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. May peace and solace find them in their time of grief.”

Today, Sherrod Brown announced a new effort to “boost domestic apparel and textile manufacturing.” The current Buy America statute states that only 51% of apparel purchased by the federal government be made in America. Sherrod Brown’s new Wear American Act of 2012 would revise that law, and require that the federal government purchase only apparel that is 100% American made.

Today, the Senate will vote on the DISCLOSE Act, which would require outside groups to disclose campaign-related fundraising and spending. The vote comes after an influx of outside spending from groups like Citizens United, which allows large donations from unnamed special interests and big corporations, at the expense of American voters.

It has allowed people like Karl Rove to bankroll elections and call the shots once their candidates are in office.

Just last week, Josh Mandel said he “strongly believes in transparency.” So will he put his money where his mouth is, and show his support for the DISCLOSE Act?

Mansfield News Journal – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will be in town today to tour the latest additions to the Mansfield Air National Guard Base.

He plans to visit the new Armed Forces Reserve Center and Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Squadron Engineers (Red Horse) facility. Brown — who will be joined by Col. John C. Harris, the assistant adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard — also will view the 179th Airlift Wing’s new C-27J aircraft.

Crain’s Cleveland Business – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has raised concerns about plans by the U.S. Department of Justice to close four of its regional antitrust offices, including its office in Cleveland.

Sen. Brown expressed his concerns in a letter, also signed by Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., that was sent to Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who are chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. It is the committee responsible for allocating federal money to the Department of Justice, among other agencies.

Chronicle Telegram – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has invited the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief conservation expert to Ohio to witness the blue-green algae bloom in the western basin of Lake Erie that has spread to Lorain.

Brown, D-Avon, sent a letter Thursday inviting Dave White, chief of the Natural Resource Conservation Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to visit and examine the problem, according to a news release from Brown’s office.

It’s happening right now in Ohio: Workers’ rights are on the table. But it won’t stop here. Corporate-backed Republicans want to bring their extreme agenda to every state in the union. And the outcome of this fight is going to matter to workers and their families across the country.