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Sherrod Brown explains passion for health care, public option

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Sandusky Register – Ever since he won his first race for the U.S. House in 1992, Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, has refused to use the federal government's health insurance program.

Instead, as a protest against the fact many American's don't have health insurance, he's obtained it elsewhere.

Few lawmakers in Congress have been as active in the current debate in the Senate over health reform. He has spent much of his time in recent weeks pushing for the "public option"—a government-run health insurance plan that would be available to anyone not currently covered by health insurance.

Sandusky Register – Ever since he won his first race for the U.S. House in 1992, Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, has refused to use the federal government's health insurance program.

Instead, as a protest against the fact many American's don't have health insurance, he's obtained it elsewhere.

Few lawmakers in Congress have been as active in the current debate in the Senate over health reform. He has spent much of his time in recent weeks pushing for the "public option"—a government-run health insurance plan that would be available to anyone not currently covered by health insurance.

The Columbus Dispatch – Continuing his "green jobs" campaign, Sen. Sherrod Brown last week touted a report asserting that federal legislation of the type he supports could create more than 51,000 jobs at existing Ohio companies.

The report by the Blue Green Alliance, a consortium of environmental advocates and labor unions, says that federal legislation encouraging clean-energy policies could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs nationwide, and that Ohio would be in the top five for potential jobs in areas such as wind, solar and geothermal energy manufacturing.

That potential can be unleashed by legislation of the type written by the Ohio Democrat, the group says.

The Columbus Dispatch – Continuing his "green jobs" campaign, Sen. Sherrod Brown last week touted a report asserting that federal legislation of the type he supports could create more than 51,000 jobs at existing Ohio companies.

The report by the Blue Green Alliance, a consortium of environmental advocates and labor unions, says that federal legislation encouraging clean-energy policies could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs nationwide, and that Ohio would be in the top five for potential jobs in areas such as wind, solar and geothermal energy manufacturing.

That potential can be unleashed by legislation of the type written by the Ohio Democrat, the group says.

The Columbus Dispatch – Continuing his "green jobs" campaign, Sen. Sherrod Brown last week touted a report asserting that federal legislation of the type he supports could create more than 51,000 jobs at existing Ohio companies.

The report by the Blue Green Alliance, a consortium of environmental advocates and labor unions, says that federal legislation encouraging clean-energy policies could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs nationwide, and that Ohio would be in the top five for potential jobs in areas such as wind, solar and geothermal energy manufacturing.

That potential can be unleashed by legislation of the type written by the Ohio Democrat, the group says.

WKYC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is alerting Ohioans to the fact that about 900 Northeast Ohioans out of the nearly 2,500 Ohio residents have unclaimed tax refunds owed to them by the Internal Revenue Service.

Out-of-date addresses have caused these refunds to be returned by the U.S. Postal Service, and nearly 900 of these checks are waiting for Northeast Ohio taxpayers.

"Nearly 2,500 Ohioans can receive checks from the IRS if they update their mailing addresses," said Brown. "With family budgets already stretched thin, Ohioans should not miss out on refunds they're owed. I encourage all Ohioans who have not received their refunds to contact the IRS to determine if there's a check waiting for them."

WKYC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is alerting Ohioans to the fact that about 900 Northeast Ohioans out of the nearly 2,500 Ohio residents have unclaimed tax refunds owed to them by the Internal Revenue Service.

Out-of-date addresses have caused these refunds to be returned by the U.S. Postal Service, and nearly 900 of these checks are waiting for Northeast Ohio taxpayers.

"Nearly 2,500 Ohioans can receive checks from the IRS if they update their mailing addresses," said Brown. "With family budgets already stretched thin, Ohioans should not miss out on refunds they're owed. I encourage all Ohioans who have not received their refunds to contact the IRS to determine if there's a check waiting for them."

WKYC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is alerting Ohioans to the fact that about 900 Northeast Ohioans out of the nearly 2,500 Ohio residents have unclaimed tax refunds owed to them by the Internal Revenue Service.

Out-of-date addresses have caused these refunds to be returned by the U.S. Postal Service, and nearly 900 of these checks are waiting for Northeast Ohio taxpayers.

"Nearly 2,500 Ohioans can receive checks from the IRS if they update their mailing addresses," said Brown. "With family budgets already stretched thin, Ohioans should not miss out on refunds they're owed. I encourage all Ohioans who have not received their refunds to contact the IRS to determine if there's a check waiting for them."

National Journal – During the ongoing climate change discussions, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., has emerged as the Senate's point man on the industrial Midwest. Brown, who is widely considered to be a liberal, is pushing Senate Democrats to require that importers pay a carbon dioxide fee for products made in countries that don't control their greenhouse gases. He also wants Congress to provide free allowances under the cap-and-trade program to companies that need to transition to using cleaner-burning fuels and manufacturing green-energy products.

Brown talked about his position on climate change in an Oct. 23 interview with National Journal reporter Margaret Kriz Hobson.