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Sens. Brown and Portman go opposite ways on cuts
Ohio senators see economy two different ways as Senate defeats House-proposed cuts
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio’s two senators have split on the federal budget cuts. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has voted against the 60 billion dollars in cuts proposed by House Republicans.  Republican Sen. Rob Portman voted for the cuts; he has said the massive deficit is the biggest threat to the nation’s economy.
Brown spoke earlier today to reporters about his vote, and maintains the cuts would cost 27,000 jobs in Ohio and end retraining assistance for more than 130,000 Ohioans who have lost their jobs.
He argues that Congress should end subsidies for oil companies that amount to $40 billion over 10 years, and should be taking a closer look at defense and other big-ticket areas to cut.

 

 

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Portman plans to speak Thursday with reporters. He has maintained that federal spending is not an effective way to stimulate the economy. 


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