Senators Portman, Brown to speak commerce at White Home

Jack Torry Dispatch Washington Bureau

Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown will be at the White House on Tuesday to talk to President Donald Trump about steel and trade policy.

Both Brown and Portman have urged the administration to act against what they contend is steel dumping in the United States by China.

They also took position on Trump‘s infrastructure proposal today.

“I’m ready to work with President Trump to make good on his promise to rebuild American infrastructure. But we accounting gimmicks don’t build bridges,” Brown in a release. “We know Ohio communities and workers are already strapped for cash, and we can’t simply pass the cost of this infrastructure investment onto drivers, cities and counties through tolls and local tax hikes.”

Portman called the plan a good “starting point.”

“By rebuilding our aging infrastructure and improving job training programs targeted toward in-demand infrastructure-related jobs, we have a great opportunity to further strengthen our economy. I am also glad to see the administration is making infrastructure permitting reform a priority,” Portman said.


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