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Key Senate Race Watch -- Ohio Manufacturers: Which Senate Candidate Are YOU Voting For in November?


Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, is an attorney and current U.S. Senator, elected in 2010. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 2nd district from 1993-2005. Additionally, Portman served as the United States Trade Representative and as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, both under President George W. Bush.

Ted Strickland, a Democrat, served as Governor of Ohio from 2007-2011 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 6th district from 1993-1995 and 1997-2007. Most recently, in 2014, Strickland served as president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. 

Below are Senator Portman and former Governor Strickland’s history and position on a few priority manufacturing issues:

Domestic Energy: Portman supports reducing dependence on foreign oil through an energy strategy that includes natural gas, coal, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, oil, and bio-mass. He opposes the Clean Power Plan, which would strictly regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants and force the closure of a substantial portion of the current electric power grid.

Strickland is focused on building a clean energy strategy. As Governor of Ohio he passed an energy bill that would require 25% of energy sold in Ohio to be from renewable or advanced sources by 2025.  He supports the Clean Power Plan.

Tax Reform: Portman supports simplifying the tax code and reducing corporate and individual tax rates. He also supported making the research and development tax credit permanent, and is leading the charge to update the international tax system to level the playing field for U.S. companies.

Strickland’s proposal focuses on middle-class tax breaks and closing corporate “loopholes.” 

Health Care: Portman supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and supports efforts to remove burdensome requirements, such as the medical device tax and changes to the definition of a full-time employee.

Strickland supports the Affordable Care Act, but believes there are still serious problems that need to be fixed.

Portman and Strickland both support repealing the Cadillac Tax, to make it easier for small business to provide health insurance to employees.

Trade: Portman has traditionally been a supporter of free trade to open up new markets for U.S. exporters and ensure a level playing field. He supported legislation to grant the President fast-track trade negotiating authority, but has expressed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Strickland opposes free trade agreements, including the TPP and legislation to fast track trade negotiating authority for the President.

Regulations: Portman recently introduced bipartisan legislation to require independent agencies to analyze the costs and benefits of new regulations and tailor new rules to minimize unnecessary burdens on the economy.

Strickland was the first governor in Ohio to undertake comprehensive regulatory reform, which increased transparency in the regulatory process and eliminated or amended over 2,000 rules and regulations for business.

To see both candidates’ non-partisan Congressional Voting Records with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), please click here.

Ohio manufacturers, who are you voting for in November? 

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