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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sen. Brown says he didn't know bill already existed

UPDATE

Brown's Communication Director Joanna Kuebler said Brown was not trying claim he wrote the bill. She said a staff member would have written the legislation and Brown was not aware that an identical House bill existed, Kuebler said.

"It's common to have a House companion bill to a Senate bill," Kuebler said. "It helps move along the negotiation process."

"He would never take credit for something that wasn't his," Kuebler said.

Kuebler said Brown wants to focus on the issue, not which side of Congress it originated from.

"He's not happy with the misconception -- he wants this to be about the firefighters. He wants this bill to go through," Kuebler said.

Kuebler said it was not clear on Sunday if a member of Brown's legislative staff had been talking to someone in the Colorado congressman's office.

The Enquirer is waiting for returned phone calls from Perlmutter's office.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, introduced a bill last week aimed at reducing firefighter fatalities, a bill with the same name and exact language as a bill introduced in the U.S. House nearly three weeks ago.

But at a news conference Saturday to tout his bill, Brown said - in reply to a question from a reporter - that he did not know there was a related bill in the House.

Carrie Whitaker has the story here

Here's the full release:

IN WAKE OF TWO FIRE FIGHTER DEATHS IN COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, BROWN ANNOUNCES BILL TO PROMOTE FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS

Cincinnati, Ohio — In the wake of the deaths of two firefighters in Colerain Township, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today highlighted efforts to promote fire safety standards at the Cincinnati Firefighters Union Local 48. Brown’s legislation, the Firefighter Fatality Reduction Act, would promote consensus safety standards to reduce the number of avoidable deaths among firefighters.

According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, more than 100 fire fighters die in the line of duty each year, while tens of thousands of additional fire fighters sustain work-related injuries. While the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other groups have developed industry safety standards, they are voluntary and often ignored by fire departments. Brown’s bill would encourage the adoption of national consensus fire fighter safety standards and promote fire department compliance with such standards.

“We shouldn’t have to think twice about bolstering the safety of our fire fighters,” Brown said. “Our first responders put their lives at risk daily across Ohio. We should take this opportunity to prevent fire fighter injury and death.”

The Firefighter Fatality Reduction Act would require the Department of Homeland Security to determine the rate of fire department compliance with standards for safe operations, staffing, training and fitness among career, volunteer, and combination fire departments. It would create a task force to explore the adoption of safety standards by fire departments and provide recommendations to the Congress, states, and localities on how to increase fire department compliance with safety standards. This bill would not mandate federal oversight of local fire departments, but instead would explore how the federal government could best promote fire fighter safety standards and assist fire departments with compliance.

Brown is also the sponsor of the Fire Fighter Higher Education Incentive Act of 2007 which would help federal, state, city, and county fire districts recruit highly educated fire fighters by forgiving student loans taken out by firefighters under the federal Perkins Loan program. Given the high costs of college, many fire fighters struggle to afford higher education. However, fire fighter responsibilities have become complex and dependent on advanced technology. All employees in fire protection would be eligible for the benefit, including fire fighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMT), rescue workers, ambulance personnel, and hazardous materials workers. Under current law, Perkins debt for teachers, nurses, military, and law enforcement officers can be forgiven.

“Loan forgiveness is both well deserved and an effective recruitment tool,” Brown said. “America’s fire fighters literally put their lives on the line for us. The least we can do is give them access to the same benefits as other first responders.”


25 Comments:

at 9:41 AM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Brown always looked sort of dumb.

 
at 10:35 AM, April 20, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Pretty stupid, huh?
St CSA

 
at 12:25 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems that Sherry is a liar.

It would seem to not be possible to have an identical bill, and not know about it.

Typical Democratic Liar.

Perhaps he doesn't know what the meaning of the word "is" is.

 
at 1:23 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous No Vested Interest said...

A nonstory.

 
at 1:26 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What poor communication for Brown's staff to not let him know they created a bill identical to another Member of Congress. Clearly explains Senator Brown's actions are purely politically motivated to get support off of a horrible tragedy.

 
at 2:13 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, according to the Pervert Party's logic, it is perfectly acceptable for Jean Schmidt to cllaim she wrote an identitcal newspaper column that another Member used already, but it's a condemnable offense for Sherrod Brown to introduce identitcal legislation?

You may recall from your 4th-grade civics class that the identical bill has to pass both the House and Seante before the "President" signs the bill into law. Or, because this bill would benefit ordinary working Americans, Chimpy McHitlerBurton will probably veto it.

It amazes me how ignorant people are, but judging from how many morons vote for the Repugnicants who are robbing them blind, I guess ignorance is our national pastime.

Maybe one of you apologists for the Pervert Party could actually talk to one of those young boys you are about to molest and ask him what he is learning in school. You might learn something yourselves that way.

 
at 2:46 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

had enough?

VOTE REPUBLICAN!

 
at 2:59 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

We heard it was prepared by mean-jean and 'hand-delivered' to 'Brown' underneath an airport bathroom stall by a foot-tapping, wrong wingnut whacko, sweet-jeans, young chipper ?

How 'schmidt'y' !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 5:55 PM, April 20, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

It must be a slow news day. Some 'scandal'.

Both bills to protect Firefighters were introduced by Democrats, by the way. One was introduced in the House, and the other in the Senate. Once they both pass their respective chambers, the two bills will be worked out and combined in committee.

So what?

 
at 7:58 PM, April 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you say GRANDSTANDING girls and boys?

Even by politician standards, Brown looks like a complete buffoon...

 
at 12:29 AM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let it be perfectly clear! Only Bold Endeavors knows the true facts. We were there with Senator Sherrod Brown. A document was truly hand-delivered to Senator Brown underneath an airport bathroom stall at CVG!

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 9:00 AM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Senator Bown? Did something happen I didn't hear about?

 
at 9:39 AM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Brown is Ohio's current Senator...his term is up in 2010, when he will get solidly trounced by Rob Portman.

 
at 12:06 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

.
"Anonymous said...A document was truly hand-delivered... 12:29 AM, April 21, 2008

The plagiarized document was prepared by sweet-jeans, but, the foot-tapping, young dung chipper definitely 'hand-delivered' another surprise !

PATHETIC 'family values' !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 12:38 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, 9:39,

Senator Brown was elected in a landslide victory, defeating arch-conservative, arch-Repugnicant Mike DeWine by nearly 20 points. I don't think anyone can touch him now.

Besides, you may recall from your 4th-grade civics classes that U.S. Senators serve 6-year terms. You may remember from your first-grade math class that 6+6=12. Oh, yeah, maybe you wingnuts were too busy going to book-burnings with your parents to actually learn anything in school.

Next time you and your Repug buddies get together and take a break from your moralizing about others to go find a kid to mlest, why don't you ask the kid what he's learning in school. You might learn something that way.

 
at 1:04 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's mlest? You must have concentrated too much on Civics.

 
at 1:09 PM, April 21, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

12:38:

WELL SAID! KEEP SHUTTING THE WINGNUT WACKOS DOWN!!

 
at 1:22 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous No Vested Interest said...

Still a nonstory.

 
at 1:25 PM, April 21, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

".... wingnuts were too busy going to book-burnings with your parents to actually learn anything in school...."

Books were too valuable in our household, we were busy crushing Beatle records!!!!

Pathetisch Progressive Demokratische Sozialistische!!!!!!

 
at 2:48 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:04 It's ebonics; they teach it in Cheviot where idiot resides in sec. 8.

 
at 2:58 PM, April 21, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

Idiotboy is still afraid of the Commies.

St CSI

 
at 4:22 PM, April 21, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"...Idiotboy is still afraid of the Commies.

St CSI

2:58 PM, April 21, 2008...."

And the ChevySportsIdiot still has his hat on backward, and a severe case of

CRANIAL-RECTILE INVERSION!!!

Lol

 
at 5:37 PM, April 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherrod Brown's tewrm will be up in 2012. And if John McCain wins in 2008, then Senator Brown's re-election campaign will be the same year of John McCain's re-election; campaign. You know... the John McCain who said that he is not an expert on the economy and readily admits that he doesn't know much about healthcare...

 
at 8:22 AM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Brown was also caught plagerizing a letter he sent to Senator DeWine in early 2006...of course he blamed his staff once the Columbus Dispatch and other news outlets caught him red-handed.

Do the research it's there.

The plagerizing Senator also used to beat his first wife--or at least enough to have a restraining order put on him. But you will have a hard time finding all of this because he's got the documents buried and her muzzled (or paid off--take your pick)

you don't have to believe me...do the research.

 
at 1:03 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep trying right wingers. You've got jack-squat.

You are beyond irrelevant.

 
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