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Ohio Senators looking forward to 2018

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Both Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are looking towards 2018 with hope that things will get done, though their viewpoints are slightly different. Both Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are looking towards 2018 with hope that things will get done, though their viewpoints are slightly different.

With a new year comes new opportunities to get things done - whether those are new challenges or old issues - and it's no different in Washington.

Both Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are looking towards 2018 with hope that things will get done, though their viewpoints are slightly different.  Senator Sherrod Brown has been pushing for funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, over the last month, and he will continue to push for it into the next year, as well as hoping to look at healthcare over the next year.

"[I hope that] the 900,000 people in Ohio who now have insurance under the Affordable Care Act continue to have it, the 200,000 addicts right now that’re getting opioid addiction counseling and treatment because of the Affordable Care Act can keep it, and I think that we need to make some changes to bring more young healthy people into the system to stabilize insurance markets so the premiums don’t go up," said Sen. Brown.

Senator Rob Portman is looking forward to possible changes with infrastructure and job training to help make sure that people are able to do and keep their jobs.

"I’d like to combine work re-training programs because frankly, if we did a big infrastructure program in this country, we need workers for us to do it, and so I think working retraining goes a long way with that," said Sen. Portman. "We need to get people who are not in the workforce at all and help them get the skills that they need to be able to have a good job and to be able to get the dignity and self respect that comes from working - that’s one of my big pushes."

The Senate will return to session in 2018 on January 3rd.

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