Debate Fact Check: Strickland Has A Strong Record Of Legislative Accomplishments

COLUMBUS, OH – Just like the ultimate Washington insider that he is, Senator Portman isn’t telling the truth about Ted Strickland: Ted passed landmark legislation dealing with mental health and children’s healthcare, drew praise for his leadership and successful advocacy, and signed over 220 bills into law as governor.

Senator Portman is on track to work the fewest number of days since 1956, and Portman has skipped 72 percent of his Homeland Security hearings – but found time to attend fundraisers on the same day he skipped hearings.  

See the facts for yourself:

American Psychological Association Praised Bill Expanding Mental Health Treatment Access To Prisoners “Sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH)." “Sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH), this legislation authorizes $50 million in federal grants to fund increased training for law enforcement officials and mental health personnel dealing with adult and juvenile offenders with mental health disorders, expand prisoners' access to mental health treatment while incarcerated and upon re-entry into the community, and provide additional resources for pre-trial jail diversion programs, mental health courts, and related initiatives.” [American Psychological Association, 10/6/04]

Strickland and DeWine Successfully Introduced And Passed Bill Establishing Mental Health Courts. “In November 2000, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law America's Law Enforcement and Mental Health Project, a bipartisan bill introduced into Congress by two Ohio legislators -- Rep. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, and Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican. The bill, which amended the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the creation of 100 pilot mental health courts, was introduced just months after the Justice Department released a report indicating that fully 16 percent of those incarcerated in the nation's prisons and jails have been identified as mentally ill.” [PBS, Frontline, Accessed 12/9/15]

The Columbus Dispatch Praised Strickland’s Work On Successful Mental Health Bill. “A bill in Congress supported by Republican Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Rep. Ted Strickland, D-Lisbon, authorizes up to $100 million over two years for programs to treat mentally ill people who have been arrested or are in prison. […] DeWine and Strickland are to be commended for their continued attention to this issue.” [Columbus Dispatch Editorial, 10/25/04]

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Strickland Among “Chief” Co-Authors of The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). “Strickland also was among the chief authors of a bill that established the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to millions of children of working parents.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/8/06]

Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Official Said “No One Fought Harder For Them” Than Strickland. “Spokesmen for Ohio companies that Strickland helped also dispute Blackwell's assessment. Strickland played an ‘important leadership role’ in helping Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel to emerge from bankruptcy and preserve thousands of jobs, said the company's corporate communications director. After the Bush administration turned down its request for a $250 million federal loan to construct a new electric arc furnace, Strickland helped reverse the decision. The company currently employs 3,100 people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ‘Rep. Strickland was in regular and frequent contact with our president and CEO throughout our bankruptcy process,’ says Wheeling-Pitt's Jim Kosowski. ‘No one fought harder for this company and its employees.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/8/06]

Strickland Signed Over 220 Bills Into Law. As Governor of Ohio, Strickland signed 221 bills into law and signed eight bills into law with line item vetoes. [Ohio Legislative Service Commission, 127th General Assembly, Status Report Of Legislation, 4/6/09; Ohio Legislative Service Commission, 128th General Assembly, Status Report Of Legislation, 5/2/11]

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