Sherrod Brown Doesn’t Put Ohio First

FACT: Sherrod Brown supported term limits, even voting for a Constitutional amendment to create term limits – until he realized they would force him to leave his favorite place in the world, Washington DC.

FACT: In 1997, Sherrod Brown said he thought term limits should be retroactive because it’s hypocritical for “old timers” who praise term limits to support anything else.

FACT: Brown also said term limits would “cleanse the system” of arrogant lawmakers who overstay their time in the Capitol.
SHERROD BROWN: “Voters support term limits because they want to get rid of the people who have been here for 20 or 30 years.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown has collected more money from environmentalist groups than any other Senator this cycle except one.

FACT: Sherrod Brown said, “There is no war on coal. Period.”

SHOT: Sherrod Brown said “I trust Hillary Clinton on fighting for families…I trust Hillary Clinton on manufacturing and trade policy.”
CHASER: Hillary Clinton said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown consistently supported unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hurt Ohio’s coal industry.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has taken more than $3.5 million from PACs this election.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has raised more money from lawyers and law firms than any other group this cycle, raising more than $3.5 million from them alone.

FACT: Earlier this year Sherrod Brown voted to shutdown the government because he was unwilling to collaborate on a solution to immigration.

FACT: Sherrod Brown voted against setting a mandatory minimum of five years for deported felons who illegally re-enter the United States.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has voted twice against withholding federal funding for sanctuary cities.

FACT: Sherrod Brown has consistently voted against the border wall, calling it “ludicrous.”

FACT: Sherrod Brown has voted with his party 97% of the time.

FACT: Sherrod Brown is ranked the 4th most liberal Senator compared to those serving 10 or more years.

Brown Supported Term Limits – Before He Opposed Them

In February 1997, Brown Voted For A Constitutional Amendment To Create Congressional Term-Limits – Two Terms For Senators, And Six Terms For House Members.  (H.J. Res. 2, Roll Call Vote #21: Failed 217-211, 2/12/97, Brown Voted Yea; CQ Summary Accessed 4/26/17)

Brown Said The 12-Year Term Limit Should Be Retroactive, Because “Voters Support Term Limits Because They Want To Get Rid Of The People Who Have Been Here For 20 Or 30 Years…” “Brown said the 12-year term limit should be retroactive, and that it is hypocritical for ‘old-timers’ who praise term limits to support anything else. ‘Voters support term limits because they want to get rid of the people who have been here for 20 or 30 years, like Newt Gingrich or Dick Gephardt,’ Brown said.” (“Term Limits Bill Falls Far Short In House,” The Plain Dealer, 2/13/97)

In December 1997, Brown Said Term-Limits Would “Cleanse The System” Of Arrogant Lawmakers Who Overstay Their Time In The Capitol. “Brown, who voted for the defeated term-limits amendment last February, says the idea has appeal in that it would ‘cleanse the system’ of arrogant lawmakers who overstay their time in the Capitol. One the other hand, he said, it would also give even more power to lobbyists and congressional staff.” (Tom Diemer, “Group Urges U.S. Legislators To Sign Term-Limit Pledges,” The Plain Dealer, 12/5/97)

In 2004, Brown Broke His Term-Limit Pledge And Ran For A Seventh Term. “‘Frankly, I’ve watched the state Legislature and … I’ve changed my mind,’ said Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown, who argues term limits have kept local lawmakers more focused on learning the ropes and being re-elected than dealing with problems such as school funding, health care and the budget.” (Malia Rulon, “Three Ohioans Running Again Despite Term Limit Pledges,” The Associated Press, 4/8/04)

Brown Votes Against Ohio Coal Miners

Sherrod Brown Has Raised More Money From Environmentalists Than Any Other Senator This Cycle Except One, Raising $350,065. (“Environment,” OpenSecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/18)

Brown Voted Against Creating A 60-Vote Point Of Order Against Any Legislation That Causes Significant Job Losses In Manufacturing-Dependent Or Coal Dependent Regions. (Roll Call Vote #142, 4/2/09, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Against Disapproving Obama’s Clean Power Plan And The EPA’s Carbon Emissions Rule For New Power Plants, Which Would Raise Utility Prices. (Roll Call Vote #306, 11/17/15, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #307, 11/17/15, Brown Voted Nay; National Conference Of State Legislatures, 4/18/16; U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6/21/16; Energy Ventures Analysis, 2014)

VIDEO: Brown: “I Trust Hillary Clinton On Manufacturing And Trade Policy. … And I Trust Her On Carrying Out The Right Kind Of Trade Policy.” BROWN: “I trust Hillary Clinton on manufacturing and trade policy. She has bar none by far the best, most thought out way to bring manufacturing back in this country. And I trust her on carrying out the right kind of trade policy. She’s going to have a special super prosecutor that reports directly to the president on trade policy, and on trade enforcement. She’s going to go after fighting on currency issues because we know how China cheats on currency. She’s going to triple the trade enforcement staff and efforts to enforce trade agreements so Vallourec Steel and U.S. Steel and so many other companies don’t continue to have the rug pulled out from under them because other countries dump their products into this country. And, she understands as we all understand in the Mahoning Valley. She understands what happens with trade agreements when you don’t do them right on autos. Her opposition to the trans pacific partnership is for a lot of things. One of them is something called rules of origin on auto manufacturing and if we don’t get our way, if we would lose on this, it means cars assembled more than 50 percent in China could backdoor their way into the us market. She won’t allow that as U.S president. She’s fought on that, she’ll continue to fight on that. That’s real jobs in Lordstown. That’s real jobs in the valley.” (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Hillary For America Campaign Rally, Youngstown, Ohio, 3/12/16)

VIDEO: On March 13, 2016, Hillary Clinton Said That The Country Must Move Away From Coal, And That She Would “Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business.”(CNN, 3/13/16) 

Brown Puts Party Loyalty First – Not Ohioans

Over His 25-Year Career In Congress, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 97 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 2/10/18)

While In The Senate From 2007 To 2017, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 98 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 2/10/18)

While In The House Of Representatives From 1993 To 2006, Brown Voted With His Party, On Average, 96 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 4/10/17)

From 2009 To 2016, Brown Voted With President Obama, On Average, 95 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Vote Studies, 4/10/17)

As Of October 2018, Brown Has Voted Against President Trump On Policy 79.2 Percent Of The Time. (FiveThirtyEight’s Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump, Accessed 9/20/18)

Sherrod Brown Is The 4th Most Liberal Senator Compared To Those Serving Ten Or More Years. (“Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 2017 Report Card,” GovTrack, Accessed 10/11/18)

Brown Puts Illegal Immigrants First – Not Ohio Families

On January 19, 2018, Brown Voted Against Cloture On The Four-Week Continuing Appropriations, Which Would Fund The Government Through February 16, 2018 And CHIP Through 2023. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14: Motion Rejected 50-49, 1/19/18, Brown Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 1/24/18)

In February 2018, Brown Voted Against President Trump’s Endorsed Plan To Provide A Pathway To Citizenship For Dreamers And Fund The Border Wall. (Roll Call Vote #36, 2/15/18, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Against Setting A Mandatory Minimum Of Five Years Imprisonment For Deported Felons Who Illegally Re-Enter The United States. (Roll Call Vote #280, 10/20/15, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Voted Twice Against Withholding Certain Law Enforcement Grants For Sanctuary Cities. (Roll Call Vote #280, 10/20/15, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #34, 2/15/18, Brown Voted Nay)

Brown Has Consistently Voted Against A Border Fence. (Roll Call Vote #151, 6/18/13, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #172, 5/27/10, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #220, 7/8/09, Brown Voted Nay; Roll Call Vote #60, 3/13/08, Brown Voted Nay)

Sherrod Brown: “I Think The Border Wall Is Ludicrous.” (“Meet the Press,” NBC, 8/27/17)

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