Jobs and job creation is the key to a better Ohio, said Sherrod Brown, Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate.
“The No. 1 concern on everyone’s mind, including mine, is jobs. We have made some gains from our state, but it is simply not enough. We must be focused on ways to grow manufacturing jobs, aerospace jobs and energy jobs,” Brown said.
Brown is running for re-election as Senator from Ohio and feels he has supported issues that have helped create and retain jobs here in Ohio during his first four years in the Senate.
“I was proud to support the auto rescue that helped protect 850,000 jobs that are connected to the auto industry in Ohio,” Brown said. “The auto rescue was important not just for the Mahoning Valley and Toledo where the big auto plants are, but it helped support businesses all the way down the supply chain that are located across Ohio. I will continue to support our manufacturing resurgence here in Ohio.”
Brown was born and raised in Mansfield, but now resides in Avon. Prior to being elected as Senator, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has served on several committees while in the Senate, including Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Appropriations.
He has spent much of that time in the Senate working towards a balanced budget, but knows it will take cooperation to get it done.
“I take a backseat to no one when it comes to deficit reduction and working towards a balanced budget. I was in Congress when we achieved a balanced budget under President Clinton and from that experience, I know it will certainly take bipartisan cooperation,” Brown said. “I will never vote to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, students or veterans. I have voted to end the subsidies to big oil and gas companies who are making record profits right now, and we need to stop offering tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas.”
While voting against subsidies for big corporations, Brown has also attempted to fight for the small business owners that are plentiful here in Ohio.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we need to do everything we can to support the small-business owners working to grow their companies and create jobs,” Brown said. “I have voted at least 16 times to cut taxes and extend tax cuts for Ohio’s small business owners, and I am a vocal opponent of unfair trade agreements that hurt businesses here at home.”
That bipartisanship that helped achieve a balanced budget in the 1990s is something that Brown feels would help American again today.
“We need more bipartisanship in Washington, and I have been proud to work with Democrats and Republicans on measures that will move this country forward,” he said. “My bipartisan bill to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation is one example of how Democrats and Republicans can come together to pass a common sense solution to a problem that is costing us jobs here at home.”
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