TheMat.com: SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-OH): Working to Keep Wrestling in the Olympics

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Wrestling is a historical heavyweight among Olympic sports, and has a proud tradition in Ohio. From youth wrestling camps and high school meets, to NCAA tournaments, Ohio athletes have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. The sport is accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial circumstances. But recently, the International Olympic Committee issued a misguided decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics beginning in 2020.

Ford is bring more production work back to the United States.

“We’re adding 450 jobs to bring the 2-liter engine–which is currently made in Valencia, Spain–over to Ohio to produce the North American production for North American vehicles” said Charlie Binger, manager of Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant.

That plant, which was at risk of closing a few years ago, currently builds the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a 3.7-liter V-8. Ford is investing $200 million to prepare the plant for 2.0-liter EcoBoost production, which will begin late next year.

Ford is very enthusiastic about the EcoBoost engine, which allows smaller enginesto do the work of larger engines. That can mean significant fuel economy improvements. Ford wants to double global sales of EcoBoost equipped vehicles this year.

New federal resources have been awarded to a fire department in Vinton County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Hamden Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded resources for operations and safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

The Hamden Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $20,767.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio,” said Brown. “These funds ensure that firefighters in Hamden have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely.”

The International Olympic Committee’s vote this week to eliminate wrestling starting with the 2020 Summer Olympic Games is an issue on which even Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld could find common ground.

A group of senators in both parties, including Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, have introduced a resolution saying the Senate “opposes the recommendation of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board to eliminate wrestling from the Summer Olympic Games beginning in 2020.”

“From youth wrestling camps and high school meets to NCAA tournaments — athletes in Ohio have learned the strength, discipline, and focus that allow grapplers to succeed both on the mat and in life. This sport is accessible to everyone around the world, regardless of their financial circumstances,” Brown said. “The IOC should not ratify this preliminary decision by its executive board.”

Officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have reversed their decision about selling Cuyahoga County properties to speculators and others and will continue to sell to the Cuyahoga Land Bank.

HUD and the land bank reached a nine-month agreement Friday that will enable the county to buy low-valued, foreclosed and vacant properties and keep the blighted homes off the market.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who acted as a mediator, played a key role in contract negotiations. Cuyahoga Land Bank president Gus Frangos and HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan praised Brown’s efforts to help the two groups reach an amicable agreement.

Listen to the debate in Washington and at the Statehouse, and you are invited to think the level of taxation alone drives the performance of the economy. Ample research and evidence show that is not the case. More telling, in a word, is organization. The structure of an economy matters, how well the components interact — say, to prepare workers, drive innovation and take full advantage of local business strengths.

To his credit, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown long has been pressing for such an initiative, a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation. The Ohio Democrat rightly highlights the value of a strong manufacturing sector, even if it does not employ the numbers of workers it once did. Among other things, manufacturing leads in innovation, generates higher-paying jobs and fuels exports.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to commit money to repair the Lorain Harbor after it was ravaged by superstorm Sandy in October.

The Corps of Engineers estimated that the harbor amassed $1.44 million in damages from the storm, which caused

$17.7 million in damages to Great Lakes harbors.

On Thursday, Brown and the Senate sent a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army, asking that the Corps of Engineers direct funding from the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill to repair the damaged harbors.

As someone with first-hand experience of a promising new medication for her illness, Springfield High School student Rachel Burns was happy to add her voice Friday to a bill in Congress to promote the need for more research into juvenile diseases.

Rachel, 15, who has cystic fibrosis, joined U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) at a news conference at Toledo Children’s Hospital, along with Rachel’s family, caregivers, and hospital officials, to highlight his bill to require the National Institutes of Health to spend a bigger part of its budget on the illnesses that strike young people.

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced legislation today to incorporate the Wilberforce home of Colonel Charles Young into the National Park System. Brown and Portman introduced similar legislation last Congress.

“Colonel Young was a ground-breaking member of the military and a true example of the best of Ohio,” Brown said. “Adding this home into the National Park System is an appropriate honor for this dedicated, selfless, and trailblazing American.”