Portman's Dizzying D.C. Double-Speak On the Budget, A Timeline

COLUMBUS, OH -- For days, Senator Portman blasted out press release after press release bragging about his work on the Omnibus budget bill to fund the government, calling its provisions "critically important," a "step in the right direction" and a "hard fought victory." Then Senator Portman voted against it for the sake of his Washington politics.  
 
Just like the typical D.C. politician that he is, Senator Portman says one thing to Ohioans, does the opposite in Congress, and is only ever looking out for himself -- which is exactly why hardworking families don't trust Portman to stand up for them. To help you keep track of Portman's dizzying, D.C. double speak on this issue, here's a quick timeline: 
 
Thursday, December 3rd: Portman is confronted by Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responders about his refusal to support a continuation of healthcare for 9/11 first responders. Portman says “he wants to see it passed.” Two weeks later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill benefitting Lake Erie. Portman says he is "pleased" the provisions were included. Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding Piketon operations, saying the funds are "critically important not only to the southern Ohio economy, but also our national security." Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding courthouse construction in Toledo, saying he is "ensuring the safety of those working in the courthouse." Two days later, Portman voted against it. 
 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill supporting Youngstown Air Reserve Station, saying it provides "the resources and training necessary to fulfill a range of national security missions.” Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding military assistance to Ukraine, saying "it is critically important that we provide our military with the resources and training necessary to fulfill a range of national security missions." Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, saying "this was a hard-fought victory." Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding the Stryker Brigade, saying "It’s important that our soldiers have the capabilities they need." Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Wednesday, December 16: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill to combat heroin overdoses, saying he was "glad" the funding was included. Two days later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Thursday, December 17: Portman brags in a press release about provisions in the Budget bill funding blighted home demolition in Ohio, saying "this bill is a step in the right direction." One day later, Portman voted against it. 


 
Friday, December 18: NE Ohio Media Group: Portman votes against omnibus, after repeatedly touting it. “Portman voted against the measure Friday afternoon after repeatedly touting provisions it contains that he said would benefit Ohio.” [NE Ohio Media Group, 12/18/15]
 
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