Portman Participates in Workforce Discussion Hosted by the Chamber of Greater Springfield as Part of His Three-Day ‘Results Tour’

The Three-Day Tour Will Cover 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities

August 27, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), continuing his three-day ‘Results Tour,’ toured Morgal Machine Tool Company and participated in a workforce roundtable discussion hosted by the Chamber of Greater Springfield. This discussion focused on helping the economy grow and create jobs, strengthening Career and Technical Education, and empowering Ohioans to ensure that they have a better tomorrow. In 2017, Portman met with the Chamber of Greater Springfield to get input from members on the tax reform legislation.

“I had a productive discussion today with members of the Chamber of Greater Springfield and with other local business leaders on how we can better close the skills gap. In addition, we discussed how tax reform is benefiting local small business,” Portman said.  “Throughout my travels around Ohio I have seen firsthand the real, positive difference that tax reform is making for Ohio families, workers, and businesses. Also, strengthening Career and Technical Education by passing the JOBS Act will help ensure we make skills training more accessible and affordable. I will continue my work on the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Ohioans with the skills training they need to succeed. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with employers and working to create an environment where families and small businesses succeed and flourish.”  

Portman played a significant role in crafting the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which was signed into law in December of 2018 and is making a difference for the middle class by creating more jobs, boosting wages for American workers, and spurring investment in Ohio businesses and their workers. In addition, Portman has taken the lead to address the skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation to make high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Trump included the JOBS Act in his FY 2020 budget request and Portman is working to include this measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.  

Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman will see firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities.  He will participate in events highlighting how tax reform is helping our economy and how federal funding he helped secure to fight the drug epidemic is being used to save lives. Portman will also visit Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he will tour the Transportation Research Center, a world-class testing facility he helped ensure can compete on a level playing field for federal funding for autonomous vehicle research.  Finally, he will visit with farmers in Northwest Ohio to highlight his efforts to help address recent flooding as well as to see how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding he fought to preserve is being used to improve and preserve the health of Lake Erie. 

Photos from the visit are below: