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  • Lawmakers talk immigration, yet again

    Lawmakers talk immigration, yet again

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:01:05 GMT
    Nearly 60,000 South American children are still stuck at our nation’s southern border, and now, they’re stuck in the middle of a political battle. Members of Congress are trying to come up with a plan to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children who have traveled thousands of miles - turning themselves in to U.S. authorities to escape from desperate situations in countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But still –there’s no compromise in sight. “For those that are not leg...
    Nearly 60,000 South American children are still stuck at our nation’s southern border, and now, they’re stuck in the middle of a political battle. Members of Congress are trying to come up with a plan to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children who have traveled thousands of miles - turning themselves in to U.S. authorities to escape from desperate situations in countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. But still –there’s no compromise in sight. “For those that are not leg...
  • Skies still safe following MH17 disaster, lawmakers say

    Skies still safe following MH17 disaster, lawmakers say

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:00:25 GMT
    On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration canceled flights to Tel Aviv, Israel after a rocket landed too close to the airport. This latest news comes off the heels of downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Now lawmakers are saying passenger safety is the number one priority in the skies. “There are enough things to be fearful of in this world without starting to think if 'I get on this plane is it going to be shot down.' It isn’t so, so unusual,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. Brown sa...
    On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration canceled flights to Tel Aviv, Israel after a rocket landed too close to the airport. This latest news comes off the heels of downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Now lawmakers are saying passenger safety is the number one priority in the skies. “There are enough things to be fearful of in this world without starting to think if 'I get on this plane is it going to be shot down.' It isn’t so, so unusual,” Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. Brown sa...
  • Toledo mail processing center still on chopping block

    Toledo mail processing center still on chopping block

    The Toledo mail processing center is still on the chopping block, leaving the fate of hundreds of workers in limbo.
  • Toledo mail processing center back on chopping block

    Toledo mail processing center back on chopping block

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:05:21 GMT
    The Toledo mail processing center is still on the chopping block, leaving hundreds of workers at the center in limbo. This comes after some of the processing at the center was moved to Columbus, Ohio and Pontiac, Michigan last year. The closure is slated for January 2015. The United States Postal Service claims there won’t be any firings, just retirements and relocations. "There are hundreds of jobs at stake in our region,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). Kaptur helped delay full closure fo...
    The Toledo mail processing center is still on the chopping block, leaving hundreds of workers at the center in limbo. This comes after some of the processing at the center was moved to Columbus, Ohio and Pontiac, Michigan last year. The closure is slated for January 2015. The United States Postal Service claims there won’t be any firings, just retirements and relocations. "There are hundreds of jobs at stake in our region,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). Kaptur helped delay full closure fo...
  • Immigration crisis heats up, lawmakers respond

    Immigration crisis heats up, lawmakers respond

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:20:30 GMT
    The future is uncertain for nearly 60,000 Central American children. It’s a crisis impossible to ignore and it’s shifting the immigration debate on Capitol Hill, leaving lawmakers with only three weeks to reach an agreement with the White House before summer recess. “These are children of parents who thought it was safer to send their child north into an unknown future, than stay in Guatemala and probably face death,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The first round of deportations ...
    The future is uncertain for nearly 60,000 Central American children. It’s a crisis impossible to ignore and it’s shifting the immigration debate on Capitol Hill, leaving lawmakers with only three weeks to reach an agreement with the White House before summer recess. “These are children of parents who thought it was safer to send their child north into an unknown future, than stay in Guatemala and probably face death,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The first round of deportations ...
  • Great financial boost for the Great Lakes

    Great financial boost for the Great Lakes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-15 20:18:19 GMT
    They hold one fifth of the world's fresh water and pull more than 30 billion dollars into the nation's economy every year. Now, Congress is making sure the Great Lakes stay in tip-top shape. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) co-authored an amendment, requiring that a portion of federal funds, already allocated for harbor maintenance funding, go toward the Great Lakes Navigation System. “We're talking about dredging, we're talking about jetties, we're talking about the locks, we're talking about doing th...
    They hold one fifth of the world's fresh water and pull more than 30 billion dollars into the nation's economy every year. Now, Congress is making sure the Great Lakes stay in tip-top shape. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) co-authored an amendment, requiring that a portion of federal funds, already allocated for harbor maintenance funding, go toward the Great Lakes Navigation System. “We're talking about dredging, we're talking about jetties, we're talking about the locks, we're talking about doing th...
  • Portman on presidential shortlist following RNC announcement

    Portman on presidential shortlist following RNC announcement

    Thursday, July 10 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-07-10 18:33:49 GMT
    Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) name is back on the shortlist for a potential nomination as president in 2016, on the heels of the Republican National Committee’s selection of Cleveland as the hosting city of the GOP convention. Portman told 13ABC that he’s considering a run for the White House, but that he’ll make his final decision after this November’s primary election. For now, his plans are to keep his current seat as senator. “I'm planning to run for the Senate in Ohio and hoping I'll have ...
    Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) name is back on the shortlist for a potential nomination as president in 2016, on the heels of the Republican National Committee’s selection of Cleveland as the hosting city of the GOP convention. Portman told 13ABC that he’s considering a run for the White House, but that he’ll make his final decision after this November’s primary election. For now, his plans are to keep his current seat as senator. “I'm planning to run for the Senate in Ohio and hoping I'll have ...
  • Lawmakers' days numbered; legislative agenda awaits

    Lawmakers' days numbered; legislative agenda awaits

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:39:17 GMT
    As tourists take selfies in front of the United States Capitol, members of Congress are taking a break, too. 43 days – that’s how many days remain on the legislative schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives. “I have to go to work every day and I have to work about 10 hours a day, and I commute about three hours a day. And so 43 days, I'm sure they're not working all day, is definitely not enough,” said Mary Ann McCandless, a tourist from Missouri. And U.S. Senators only have 98 more d...
    As tourists take selfies in front of the United States Capitol, members of Congress are taking a break, too. 43 days – that’s how many days remain on the legislative schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives. “I have to go to work every day and I have to work about 10 hours a day, and I commute about three hours a day. And so 43 days, I'm sure they're not working all day, is definitely not enough,” said Mary Ann McCandless, a tourist from Missouri. And U.S. Senators only have 98 more d...
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown reacts to Cleveland GOP pick

    Sen. Sherrod Brown reacts to Cleveland GOP pick

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-07-08 17:53:21 GMT
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talks to Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro about the legislative schedule for the remainder of the year, and about today's announcement by the Republican National Committee, that named Cleveland as the home of the 2016 Republican Convention.
    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talks to Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro about the legislative schedule for the remainder of the year, and about today's announcement by the Republican National Committee, that named Cleveland as the home of the 2016 Republican Convention.
  • Iraq: Members of Congress weigh in

    Iraq: Members of Congress weigh in

    Thursday, June 19 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-06-19 20:30:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the United States is prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, and that the U.S. will not be returning to a combat role there. “Ultimately this is something that is going to have to be solved by the Iraqis,” Obama said. Obama is facing pressure to help the Iraqi government fight an advance toward Baghdad by Sunni fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also referred to as ISIS. Following a meeting with his national security ...
    President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the United States is prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, and that the U.S. will not be returning to a combat role there. “Ultimately this is something that is going to have to be solved by the Iraqis,” Obama said. Obama is facing pressure to help the Iraqi government fight an advance toward Baghdad by Sunni fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also referred to as ISIS. Following a meeting with his national security ...
  • Veterans meet with students during Honor Flight

    Veterans meet with students during Honor Flight

    Veterans meet with students during Honor Flight

    Thursday, June 19 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-06-19 18:41:51 GMT
    The sun beat down on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., but the crowds came anyway. A particularly noticeable group, all wearing orange t-shirts, took in the magnificent memorial, and the sights of the city. They're members of the Honor Flight that came from Northwest Ohio. “You hear about it, and you read about it, but you would never think that it would be this great,” said WWII veteran Charles Williams, who traveled with the group. “This is a wonderful monument.” 91-year-old Williams h...
    The sun beat down on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., but the crowds came anyway. A particularly noticeable group, all wearing orange t-shirts, took in the magnificent memorial, and the sights of the city. They're members of the Honor Flight that came from Northwest Ohio. “You hear about it, and you read about it, but you would never think that it would be this great,” said WWII veteran Charles Williams, who traveled with the group. “This is a wonderful monument.” 91-year-old Williams h...
  • Senator calls overseas safety regulations into question

    Senator calls overseas safety regulations into question

    Senator calls overseas safety regulations into question

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-06-18 00:45:21 GMT
    It is unwelcome news for pet owners: The Food and Drug Administration said more than 1,000 dogs died after eating pet treats from China. And, the Chinese jerky treats are linked to illnesses in thousands more. On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chaired a Congressional hearing on tainted pet treats and processed chicken from China. He questioned the effectiveness of China’s food safety regulations, and grilled witnesses about the topic. Those witnesses, though, from the Departm...
    It is unwelcome news for pet owners: The Food and Drug Administration said more than 1,000 dogs died after eating pet treats from China. And, the Chinese jerky treats are linked to illnesses in thousands more. On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chaired a Congressional hearing on tainted pet treats and processed chicken from China. He questioned the effectiveness of China’s food safety regulations, and grilled witnesses about the topic. Those witnesses, though, from the Departm...
  • Toledo Locals Honored in DC

    Toledo Locals Honored in DC

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-06-17 18:33:09 GMT
    Standing in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the heart of the city, stands a group of people who love to give back. One of those people is Toledo native Jay Mirrow. “We have a mentoring program called 'Mentors in Toledo Schools,'” Mirrow said. “We have 103 mentors and we mentor over 200 students.” Mirrow represented those mentors at the Jefferson Awards for Public Service on Monday night. And he was in good company. Two local high schools were represented as well, for their service...
    Standing in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the heart of the city, stands a group of people who love to give back. One of those people is Toledo native Jay Mirrow. “We have a mentoring program called 'Mentors in Toledo Schools,'” Mirrow said. “We have 103 mentors and we mentor over 200 students.” Mirrow represented those mentors at the Jefferson Awards for Public Service on Monday night. And he was in good company. Two local high schools were represented as well, for their service...
  • Congressman introduces Internet Freedom Act

    Congressman introduces Internet Freedom Act

    Thursday, June 12 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-06-12 15:29:44 GMT
    Net neutrality: an equal and open internet. Some people support it, others don’t. Right now net neutrality is a hot button issue on Capitol Hill, as the Federal Communications Commission weighs ideas on how to regulate internet service providers. “I think its draconian, its backward, its old thinking, it’s not forward thinking,” said Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). Latta is talking about a recent FCC proposal to reclassify broadband as a common-carrier utility, such as a land line phone. To combat th...
    Net neutrality: an equal and open internet. Some people support it, others don’t. Right now net neutrality is a hot button issue on Capitol Hill, as the Federal Communications Commission weighs ideas on how to regulate internet service providers. “I think its draconian, its backward, its old thinking, it’s not forward thinking,” said Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). Latta is talking about a recent FCC proposal to reclassify broadband as a common-carrier utility, such as a land line phone. To combat th...
  • Washington Bureau Chief talks VA scandal, Bergdahl release

    Washington Bureau Chief talks VA scandal, Bergdahl release

    Washington Bureau Chief talks VA scandal, Bergdahl release
    Washington Bureau Chief talks VA scandal, Bergdahl release
  • Senators travel to France on D-Day anniversary

    Senators travel to France on D-Day anniversary

    Friday, June 6 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-06-06 15:58:54 GMT
    Seventy years ago, the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to take on a fierce enemy. Thousands of lives were lost on that day, and now, the world’s leaders are gathering to commemorate and honor their legacy. President Obama and a delegation of senators are in Europe this week to pay their respects, including Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D). “It’s hard to encapsulate what was done on [D-Day] and what was done on World War II,” he said. “But I think whenever we have a m...
    Seventy years ago, the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to take on a fierce enemy. Thousands of lives were lost on that day, and now, the world’s leaders are gathering to commemorate and honor their legacy. President Obama and a delegation of senators are in Europe this week to pay their respects, including Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey (D). “It’s hard to encapsulate what was done on [D-Day] and what was done on World War II,” he said. “But I think whenever we have a m...
  • Sen. Brown fighting for students

    Sen. Brown fighting for students

    Sen. Brown fighting for students
    Sen. Brown fighting for students
  • Veterans should sue inadequate VA employees, senator says

    Veterans should sue inadequate VA employees, senator says

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:38:48 GMT
    It’s all about holding people accountable. That’s what one senator says, as he plans to bring in a judge and jury fix the broken system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R) said he’s working on legislation that would allow veterans to sue VA workers that provide inadequate care. “People who willfully misrepresent, lied about veterans’ health status or put them falsely on a list for the sake of their own bonus, and delaying care that resulted in some ca...
    It’s all about holding people accountable. That’s what one senator says, as he plans to bring in a judge and jury fix the broken system at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey (R) said he’s working on legislation that would allow veterans to sue VA workers that provide inadequate care. “People who willfully misrepresent, lied about veterans’ health status or put them falsely on a list for the sake of their own bonus, and delaying care that resulted in some ca...
  • Congress scrambles for VA quick fix

    Congress scrambles for VA quick fix

    The VA hospital scandal is prompting members of Congress to focus on reform proposals. There are now at least four different plans floating around Capitol Hill. Each has a similar goal but different support.
  • Congress calls for "transparency" after VA Hospital scandal

    Congress calls for "transparency" after VA Hospital scandal

    Congress calls for "transparency" after VA Hospital scandal

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 3:05 PM EDT2014-06-03 19:05:11 GMT
    Transparency. That is what U.S. Senators are calling for, in the wake of the VA Hospital Scandal. And now, there are at least four plans floating around Capitol Hill to reach that goal. “It's unacceptable how long the wait times are,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Outrageous that they are actually hiding it which is fraud.” Senate Republicans, like Portman, are pushing for the a reform plan called the VA Management Accountability Act. “It simply allows the secretary and his top management to ...
    Transparency. That is what U.S. Senators are calling for, in the wake of the VA Hospital Scandal. And now, there are at least four plans floating around Capitol Hill to reach that goal. “It's unacceptable how long the wait times are,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). Outrageous that they are actually hiding it which is fraud.” Senate Republicans, like Portman, are pushing for the a reform plan called the VA Management Accountability Act. “It simply allows the secretary and his top management to ...
  • Obama press secretary Carney resigns

    Obama press secretary Carney resigns

    Friday, May 30 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-05-30 19:43:29 GMT
    White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.
    White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.
  • Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

    Shinseki resigns amid veterans' health care issues

    Friday, May 30 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-05-30 18:47:34 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency's health care system. President Barack Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general's resignation "with considerable regret" during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties since a scathing internal report out Wednesday found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling hea...
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency's health care system. President Barack Obama said he accepted the retired four-star general's resignation "with considerable regret" during an Oval Office meeting. Shinseki had been facing mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both parties since a scathing internal report out Wednesday found broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling hea...
  • As nation remembers fallen, VA scandal still lingers

    As nation remembers fallen, VA scandal still lingers

    Monday, May 26 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-05-26 23:50:43 GMT
    It is a day to remember those who died serving. But across the nation, there is uproar over the alleged cover-up at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It is dishonorable. It is disgraceful. And I will not tolerate it, period,” said President Barrack Obama last week during a press conference. Employees of more than two dozen veterans hospitals across the country are accused of “cooking the books” by manipulating records to hide long delays in treating injured veterans. Pennsylvania Congr...
    It is a day to remember those who died serving. But across the nation, there is uproar over the alleged cover-up at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It is dishonorable. It is disgraceful. And I will not tolerate it, period,” said President Barrack Obama last week during a press conference. Employees of more than two dozen veterans hospitals across the country are accused of “cooking the books” by manipulating records to hide long delays in treating injured veterans. Pennsylvania Congr...
  • WWII Memorial celebrates 10 year anniversary

    WWII Memorial celebrates 10 year anniversary

    Friday, May 23 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-05-23 19:49:20 GMT
    Thirty years ago it was just an idea, then ground broke, and now the WWII memorial in Washington, DC is celebrating its tenth anniversary. “You have to spend your energy on what counts, this counts,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). In the lalate 1980'sKaptur authored a bill to create the memorial, to celebrate veterans and their families. “The World War Two generations, unselfishly, gave our future to us,” Kaptur said. “So we owe them everything!” Over the past decade, the memorial has drawn m...
    Thirty years ago it was just an idea, then ground broke, and now the WWII memorial in Washington, DC is celebrating its tenth anniversary. “You have to spend your energy on what counts, this counts,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). In the lalate 1980'sKaptur authored a bill to create the memorial, to celebrate veterans and their families. “The World War Two generations, unselfishly, gave our future to us,” Kaptur said. “So we owe them everything!” Over the past decade, the memorial has drawn m...
  • Toledo officers remember fallen comrades

    Toledo officers remember fallen comrades

    Toledo officers remember fallen comrades

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-05-14 19:42:23 GMT
    Standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, five Toledo police officers remember their fallen comrades. They came to Washington, D.C. with each other, and thousands of other officers from around the world. “That’s really what it is all about,” said Steven Zarecki of the Toledo Police Department, “coming down here and not forgetting those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.” That ultimate sacrifice is on display with events throughout the week, where officers gather together and bond over brot...
    Standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, five Toledo police officers remember their fallen comrades. They came to Washington, D.C. with each other, and thousands of other officers from around the world. “That’s really what it is all about,” said Steven Zarecki of the Toledo Police Department, “coming down here and not forgetting those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.” That ultimate sacrifice is on display with events throughout the week, where officers gather together and bond over brot...
  • Nigeria kidnappings bring awareness to domestic trafficking problems

    Nigeria kidnappings bring awareness to domestic trafficking problems

    Friday, May 9 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-05-09 18:58:10 GMT
    With the release of a chilling video made by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, the response from Washington, Hollywood, and the online world has been enormous. #BringBackOurGirls – it’s not just a mission aimed at what’s happening abroad. The horror of the Nigerian kidnappings has placed even more focus on those who force young girls here in the United States into sex slavery. With an estimated 100,000 trafficked children in the U.S. every year, the largest group of trafficking victims are yo...
    With the release of a chilling video made by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, the response from Washington, Hollywood, and the online world has been enormous. #BringBackOurGirls – it’s not just a mission aimed at what’s happening abroad. The horror of the Nigerian kidnappings has placed even more focus on those who force young girls here in the United States into sex slavery. With an estimated 100,000 trafficked children in the U.S. every year, the largest group of trafficking victims are yo...
  • Senator Brown wants more funding for roads, bridges

    Senator Brown wants more funding for roads, bridges

    Senator Brown wants more funding for roads, bridges

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-05-07 21:58:56 GMT
    Congress is facing a fast-approaching deadline, with funding for highways set to expire soon. That could mean the 2,200 structurally deficient bridges across Ohio, may not be fixed. “It means we need to invest and Congress has got to do it now,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Brown wants his colleagues to re-authorize the Highway Trust Fund, which provides funding for structural improvements and upgrades to roads and bridges across the country. Brown says, passing it, will help the local eco...
    Congress is facing a fast-approaching deadline, with funding for highways set to expire soon. That could mean the 2,200 structurally deficient bridges across Ohio, may not be fixed. “It means we need to invest and Congress has got to do it now,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Brown wants his colleagues to re-authorize the Highway Trust Fund, which provides funding for structural improvements and upgrades to roads and bridges across the country. Brown says, passing it, will help the local eco...
  • Camp determined to win tax reform battle

    Camp determined to win tax reform battle

    Camp determined to win tax reform battle

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-05-07 21:47:38 GMT
    Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) might be retiring but he said his work in Congress is not over yet. Camp said tax reform is all about the American dream. Now, he’s on a public relations campaign with pamphlets, trying to convince other members of Congress that his ideas need to become law. “Do we want to have a growing economy, do we want to have more jobs, do we want to have higher wages? Tax reform is one of the things we can do to get us there,” Camp said. It’s a tough sell, so Camp said ...
    Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) might be retiring but he said his work in Congress is not over yet. Camp said tax reform is all about the American dream. Now, he’s on a public relations campaign with pamphlets, trying to convince other members of Congress that his ideas need to become law. “Do we want to have a growing economy, do we want to have more jobs, do we want to have higher wages? Tax reform is one of the things we can do to get us there,” Camp said. It’s a tough sell, so Camp said ...
  • Worker rights for pregnant women

    Worker rights for pregnant women

    Worker rights for pregnant women

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-05-07 18:47:34 GMT
    Moms, moms-to-be and lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, to fight for pregnant women’s rights in the workplace. Emily Martin, Vice President of the National Women’s Law Center, led the meeting that included activists, Senators and members of Congress. Martin said pregnant women deserve accommodations at work. “If you need a temporary accommodation at work because of pregnancy, whether because you need to stay healthy, or because you have a complication,” she said, “you have a right ...
    Moms, moms-to-be and lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, to fight for pregnant women’s rights in the workplace. Emily Martin, Vice President of the National Women’s Law Center, led the meeting that included activists, Senators and members of Congress. Martin said pregnant women deserve accommodations at work. “If you need a temporary accommodation at work because of pregnancy, whether because you need to stay healthy, or because you have a complication,” she said, “you have a right ...
  • Kaptur on federal emergency unemployment insurance

    Kaptur on federal emergency unemployment insurance

    Kaptur on federal emergency unemployment insurance

    Kaptur on federal emergency unemployment insurance
    Kaptur on federal emergency unemployment insurance
  • As Ukraine conflict continues, Kaptur demands more sanctions

    As Ukraine conflict continues, Kaptur demands more sanctions

    Friday, May 2 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-05-02 18:40:15 GMT
    Just this week, the Obama Administration imposed additional sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin for their involvement in the conflict with Ukraine. But Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says more needs to be done. “I would support further sanctions,” Kaptur said. Kaptur is a strong supporter of Ukraine and its people since the conflicts began. She and her congressional colleagues already created an aid package for the country, providing financial support and additional as...
    Just this week, the Obama Administration imposed additional sanctions on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin for their involvement in the conflict with Ukraine. But Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says more needs to be done. “I would support further sanctions,” Kaptur said. Kaptur is a strong supporter of Ukraine and its people since the conflicts began. She and her congressional colleagues already created an aid package for the country, providing financial support and additional as...
  • Hillary for president, Stabenow says

    Hillary for president, Stabenow says

    Thursday, May 1 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-05-01 21:50:33 GMT
    There is serious girl power happening in the United States Senate right now and it could lead straight to the White House. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is making it clear: she wants former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lead the nation. “People are so excited and so enthused. We’re chomping at the bit to get involved to support her,” Stabenow said. Stabenow said the Democratic women of the Senate support Clinton, not just because she is a woman, but because they think she is the bes...
    There is serious girl power happening in the United States Senate right now and it could lead straight to the White House. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is making it clear: she wants former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lead the nation. “People are so excited and so enthused. We’re chomping at the bit to get involved to support her,” Stabenow said. Stabenow said the Democratic women of the Senate support Clinton, not just because she is a woman, but because they think she is the bes...
  • Honor Flight braves torrential downpour to visit WWII Memorial

    Honor Flight braves torrential downpour to visit WWII Memorial

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-30 22:33:52 GMT
    It was an emotional day for many veterans who braved the wind and the rain to visit the World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital. “It means a lot, it means a lot,” said Paul Stowell, a veteran who traveled from Toledo with the Northwest Ohio Honor Flight. “I'm glad to be here,” Stowell said. “I'm proud to have served, I did my part.” Nearly 60 veterans made the trip to see the memorial. They took pictures, they learned about the memorial, and they proudly displayed their branch of serv...
    It was an emotional day for many veterans who braved the wind and the rain to visit the World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital. “It means a lot, it means a lot,” said Paul Stowell, a veteran who traveled from Toledo with the Northwest Ohio Honor Flight. “I'm glad to be here,” Stowell said. “I'm proud to have served, I did my part.” Nearly 60 veterans made the trip to see the memorial. They took pictures, they learned about the memorial, and they proudly displayed their branch of serv...
  • Federal minimum wage hike tops national agenda

    Federal minimum wage hike tops national agenda

    Federal minimum wage hike tops national agenda

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-04-30 14:51:44 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers are expected to vote on Wednesday on whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. It has support from many Americans, many Congressional Democrats and President Obama, but still, it's a long-shot effort to get it through Congress. “There is a moral issue here in addition to a very practical economic societal interest,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The fight is taking shape again during a political year, with one-third of t...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lawmakers are expected to vote on Wednesday on whether or not to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. It has support from many Americans, many Congressional Democrats and President Obama, but still, it's a long-shot effort to get it through Congress. “There is a moral issue here in addition to a very practical economic societal interest,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The fight is taking shape again during a political year, with one-third of t...
  • Ralliers demand increase to wages

    Ralliers demand increase to wages

    Ralliers demand increase to wages

    Monday, April 28 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-04-28 20:40:23 GMT
    WASHINGTON – “No to poverty wages and no to corporate tax giveaways!” The chants could be heard all over the Capitol grounds. Hundreds of people from all over the country gathered Monday afternoon to share their frustrations with income inequality and corporate tax breaks.Democrats in Congress, as well as the Obama Administration, are listening, and are calling for a raise to the federal minimum wage.“We need a strong voice and there is power in numbers,” said Steven Walls, who traveled from ...
    WASHINGTON – “No to poverty wages and no to corporate tax giveaways!” The chants could be heard all over the Capitol grounds. Hundreds of people from all over the country gathered Monday afternoon to share their frustrations with income inequality and corporate tax breaks.Democrats in Congress, as well as the Obama Administration, are listening, and are calling for a raise to the federal minimum wage.“We need a strong voice and there is power in numbers,” said Steven Walls, who traveled from ...
  • Oak Harbor marathon runner returns to Boston 1 year after bombing

    Oak Harbor marathon runner returns to Boston 1 year after bombing

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-21 19:11:38 GMT
    Apling was in Boston at the time of the bombings last year. He witnessed the explosion just over an hour after he finished the race. He said it sounded like a cannon was being shot.
    Apling was in Boston at the time of the bombings last year. He witnessed the explosion just over an hour after he finished the race. He said it sounded like a cannon was being shot.
  • OH Senator wants to help students in debt

    OH Senator wants to help students in debt

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:43:56 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (04/11/2014) – According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, federal student loan debt in the United States has topped one trillion dollars. Every year in the United States,
    One Ohio Senator is working on legislation to help students *before they borrow loans, and help students who are facing thousands of dollars of debt.
  • Sex trafficking survivor speaks out on Capitol Hill

    Sex trafficking survivor speaks out on Capitol Hill

    Monday, April 7 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-07 20:55:55 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – She goes by the nickname "T." Lawmakers call her one of the most courageous congressional witnesses they have ever met. "I became vulnerable for a man to basically sexually exploit me.
    She goes by the nickname "T." Lawmakers call her one of the most courageous congressional witnesses they have ever met.
  • Senate to vote on unemployment insurance

    Senate to vote on unemployment insurance

    Monday, April 7 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-04-07 16:56:44 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two million people across the country have been without federal unemployment insurance benefits since December 28th, and for months some senators have been working on a deal to extend
    The Senate is almost at an agreement but the compromise is not a done deal yet. 
  • GM CEO continues testimony on Capitol Hill

    GM CEO continues testimony on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, April 3 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-04-03 17:34:46 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (04/03/2014) - A 57 cent part inside the ignition switch led to millions of recalls and 13 deaths. That was uncovered on Tuesday as General Motors CEO Mary Barra continued her testimony
    GM CEO Mary Barra continued her testimony on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. This time, she testified in front of a Senate committee.
  • Grieving families demand answers

    Grieving families demand answers

    Thursday, April 3 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-04-03 15:45:28 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - General Motors is in the hot seat on Capitol Hill this week, after allegations that the company knew of defects in some car models 10 years ago, yet never issued a recall notice. Those
    General Motors is in the hot seat on Capitol Hill this week, after allegations that the company knew of defects in some car models 10 years ago.
  • Rep. Dave Camp calls it quits

    Rep. Dave Camp calls it quits

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-02 15:23:16 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (04/02/2014) - Another Michigan Congressman is calling it quits. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) is leaving Congress. Even though he holds one of the most powerful positions in Congress, the Ways
    Even though he holds one of the most powerful positions in Congress, the Ways and Means Chairman is walking into the unknown.
  • Washington Bureau Chief on sex trafficking, Senate auto caucus

    Washington Bureau Chief on sex trafficking, Senate auto caucus

    Washington Bureau Chief on sex trafficking, Senate auto caucus
  • Some lawmakers want delay in individual mandate

    Some lawmakers want delay in individual mandate

    Friday, March 28 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-03-28 21:04:52 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/28/14) - Four years ago, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. But that hasn't stopped some members of Congress from trying to repeal it
    Some lawmakers, including Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) want to see a one-year delay in the implementation of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Lawmakers and activists: search for missing kids will help end trafficking

    Lawmakers and activists: search for missing kids will help end trafficking

    Friday, March 21 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-03-21 19:57:33 GMT
    WASHINGTON – "Guys will just approach left and right. And they're college guys, business guys. The creepy ones are the ones in the black sedans," Andrea Powell says. The co-founder of Fair Girls, a Washington-based
    Lawmakers and activists: search for missing kids will help end trafficking
  • U Toledo professor pushes for prosecution of men who buy sex

    U Toledo professor pushes for prosecution of men who buy sex

    Thursday, March 20 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-03-20 16:25:13 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio – Dr. Celia Williamson's life is dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. She says those victims often undergo severe emotional and physical trauma. "Sometimes you're raped and you're
    U Toledo professor pushes for prosecution of men who buy sex
  • "We're bound by red tape." Former FBI agents speak out

    "We're bound by red tape." Former FBI agents speak out

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-03-19 20:28:03 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio - Bill Roccia and Bill Radcliffe spent 15 years working together as agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Toledo, but now they are in a new fight. They want to stop missing Ohio
    Bill Roccia and Bill Radcliffe spent 15 years working together as agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Toledo, but now they are in a new fight.
  • Toledo community leaders combat sex trafficking

    Toledo community leaders combat sex trafficking

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-03-18 17:49:35 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio – In a packed room at the United Way in Toledo, community members discuss the very real problem of sex trafficking. They are a part of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, meeting
    In a packed room at the United Way in Toledo, community members discuss the very real problem of sex trafficking.
  • Toledo sex trafficking victims speak out

    Toledo sex trafficking victims speak out

    Monday, March 17 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-03-17 20:12:52 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio – Seven years ago, Michelle Moore, a victim of sex trafficking, walked a North Toledo street in search of men who would buy sex from her. "There were a lot of nights walking down that street
    Toledo sex trafficking victims speak out
  • Midterm Election battle heats up

    Midterm Election battle heats up

    Friday, March 7 2014 1:25 PM EST2014-03-07 18:25:04 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/07/2014) - The biggest conservative political heavyweights are spending time with their biggest fans this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor,
    The biggest conservative political heavyweights are spending time with their biggest fans this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD.
  • Lawmakers weigh in on proposed military budget cuts

    Lawmakers weigh in on proposed military budget cuts

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 6:19 PM EST2014-03-04 23:19:20 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/04/2014) - Could the US Military soon downsize to its smallest numbers since before World War 2? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently proposed billions of dollars in military
    Could the US Military soon downsize to its smallest numbers since before World War 2? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently proposed billions of dollars in military budget cuts.
  • OH AG responds to "pay-to-play" accusations

    OH AG responds to "pay-to-play" accusations

    Monday, February 24 2014 5:16 PM EST2014-02-24 22:16:43 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine is facing accusations about his alleged role in a pay-to-play operation. DeWine, who is in Washington this week for a Republican attorney general conference,
    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is in Washington and he responds to accusations about an alleged pay-to-play operation. 
  • Keystone pipeline project up in the air

    Keystone Pipeline project up in the air

    Friday, February 7 2014 12:36 PM EST2014-02-07 17:36:41 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (02/07/2014) - It's been a controversial idea since it was introduced five years ago, but now the debate is heating up over the possible Keystone XL Pipeline project. Opponents say building
    It's been a controversial idea since it was introduced five years ago, but now the debate is heating up over the possible Keystone XL Pipeline project.
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  • Jacqueline Policastro Bio

    Jacqueline Policastro Bio

    Ted rejoined SJL/Lilly Broadcasting in January 2012 as a Washington Correspondent.  He previously worked for the company as a one-man-band reporter, producer, and anchor at Lilly station WENY in Elmira, New
    I'm the Lilly Broadcasting Washington Bureau Chief. I'm based in Washington, DC and I cover Congress and the White House for WJRT-TV Flint, MI; WTVG-TV Toledo, OH; WENY-TV Elmira, NY; and WICU/WSEE Erie, PA. I also cover the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. I created the Washington Bureau along with Lilly Broadcasting back in 2007.