COLUMBUS — A longtime area legislator was given a lifetime achievement award for his work with the Republican Party during the Republican National Convention earlier this month in Cleveland.
Sen. Keith Faber, R-Celina: Faber was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by GOPAC during a luncheon held in conjunction with the convention. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, was also presented with the award at the event. Both were honored for their efforts to educate and prepare new generations of Republican leaders.
“Senate President Faber is the longest serving member of our Legislative Leaders Advisory Board,” GOPAC Chairman David Avella said. “He has been instrumental in our mission to support state lawmakers by sharing ideas and trading best practices as well as electing Republicans. Further, Speaker Rosenberger has built an impressive record of leading the Ohio House to lower taxes and promote job creation. He also has House Republicans well positioned to maintain majority control. Under their leadership, Ohio is a model for state lawmakers across the country at advancing our common cause for personal and economic security.”
GOPAC describes itself as “the Republican Party’s premier center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders. It’s a force in American politics as it ensures a healthy roster of prepared and tested state leaders are ready to lead in their legislatures and/or run for higher office.” The organization has been in existence since 1978.
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana: Jordan will be in Wapakoneta at noon Monday to speak to the Wapakoneta Rotary Club.
Among his topics of discussion will be updating Rotarians on the summer congressional session and what could be expected this fall out of Washington.
Rep. Robert Latta, R-Bowling Green: On Tuesday, Latta will host events in Findlay and Defiance with local banks to discuss regulatory issues banks are facing. U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, the chairman of the Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, will join Latta at the forums.
The Findlay event will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Owens Community College Community Education and Wellness Center, 3200 Bright Road, Room 111. The Defiance event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kissner’s Restaurant, 524 Clinton St.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: On Wednesday, Brown issued a statement calling on Congress to reconvene to tackle the dangers posed by the Zika virus, noting that there are 25 cases in the state of Ohio.
“It has been more than 165 days since President [Barack] Obama requested emergency funding to fight Zika,” he said. “Yet unlike during previous public health crises, Congress has failed to rise to the occasion. As experts warned of more cases on the way, Congress shamefully packed up and left for the summer without taking action on emergency funding to combat the expanding Zika threat.”
Brown accused Congress of playing politics with the issue, attempting to use the public health bill that would address Zika to push other measures through.
“None of our states are immune from this crisis and it isn’t right that these members couldn’t set politics aside to protect Americans’ health,” he said. “Pregnant women and families need us to act now to contain the virus and ensure it does not affect more Ohioans.”
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio: On Wednesday, Portman praised a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement to award $2 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities Grants to mid-sized communities to help improve water quality through “green infrastructure initiatives.”
Of those grants, five will be given in Ohio, going to Ashtabula, Cleveland, Huron, Sandusky and Vermillion, each receiving $175,000, except for Huron, which will receive just more than $125,000.
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps protect the Lake by bringing federal agencies together with the state of Ohio to address the greatest threats to [Lake Erie] — threats like harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and contamination,” Portman said. “These grants will make a difference in these communities, and help ensure that we preserve the Lake for future generations.”
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