Morning briefing – Jan. 15

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BROWN MEETS WITH LEADERSHIP OF OHIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met this week with the leadership of several of Ohio’s Children’s Hospitals to discuss the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“To give our children a healthy start in life, we must make sure there is no shortage of access to the specialized care they need,” said Brown. “That assurance is two pronged; it demands access to child-specific health care coverage and an abundance of pediatricians and pediatric specialists to provide care. Together, the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program make both of these possible. Meeting with this group is an important opportunity to learn from those on the frontlines what we can do in Congress to help improve and grow these critical programs.”

HUSTED ADDRESSES STATE ELECTION OFFICIALS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted addressed election officials from across the state this week as the keynote speaker for the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) Winter Conference in Columbus.

During his address, the state’s Chief Elections Officer reminded the group of the important roll Ohio plays in national elections.

“As elections officials in the most hotly contested swing state in the nation, there can be no room for error – we must ensure our work is above reproach,” Secretary Husted said. “The good news is that by working together we have already done a lot to position our state as a leader for elections administration in the nation.”

During the speech, the Secretary announced a new, statewide effort to bolster poll worker recruitment. The program, “A Day for Democracy,” will be a comprehensive effort to involve schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and churches in recruiting more than 40,000 people to manage polling places on Election Day.

BROWN URGES PANEL TO BE THOROUGH IN ITS INVESTIGATION OF TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP’S REAL-LIFE IMPACT ON WORKERS – As the International Trade Commission (ITC) begins its investigation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) impact on the economy, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today urged the Commission to be as comprehensive as possible in their analysis of the agreement – the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated – and to evaluate the real-life impact of the agreement on workers.

“I believe it is time to update the models that are used to assess the consequences of trade policy,” said Brown in his testimony. “We should be evaluating trade agreements not by outdated theories and algorithms but by the real-life impacts of trade provisions – something this Commission is familiar with.

“The president mentioned in his state of the union address that due to changes in the global economy, American workers are losing leverage in the workplace as companies now have the option of moving production offshore. We see the evidence of that lost leverage most importantly in stagnating earnings. Understanding how the TPP will affect wages is critical to evaluating how it will benefit or hurt American workers.”

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