Ohio’s senior Senator in Washington, Sherrod Brown, told reporters on his weekly call last Wednesday that he won’t join with Democratic colleague, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York State, in calling for President Donald Trump to resign.
Calling On Trump To Resign
Brown recently joined many of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling for Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign in the wake of allegations about the former comedian-turned politician’s past inappropriate sexualized behavior. Meanwhile, some of President Trump’s sexual indiscretions over the years have become public after 16 women stepped forward to tell their tales of encountering Trump and the behavior that ensued. The president himself has been recorded admitting by joking about his indiscretions, which dwarf those of Franken’s in sheer number and scope of the grope.
Brown was asked what more will it take for him to join Gillibrand and a handful of other lady Senators who are calling for the president to resign? “He’s not going to resign,” Brown said, declining to comment further on Gillibrand’s outspokenness on the issue after Trump tweeted she would “do anything” for him for a campaign contribution.
Brown did say he’s grateful for all the women who have come forward in the face of receiving “public venom” for doing so. His path forward appears to be working toward having a formalized way to address the issue.
One day later, on Thursday, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris became the seventh senator to call for Trump to resign over accusations of sexual harassment and assault. “I think he should resign in the best interest of the country,” the California Democrat told POLITICO in an interview. In a follow-up, Brown’s office said the question was answered on Wednesday, and that his answer would “speak for itself.”
Friday Healthcare Plan Deadline
The purpose of the call last week was to alert Ohioans about ways they can enroll in a new healthcare plan or update their current coverage before the deadline to sign up for coverage or change their plan before Dec. 15.
In prepared remarks, the two-term Senator running for a third one next year said much remains to do to improve the nation’s healthcare system.
“I’m ready to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to lower premiums and prescription drug costs,” he said, noting free assistance sites Ohioans can turn to that will help Buckeyes find cheaper coverage during open enrollment.
More than 900,000 Ohioans, many of them for the first time, have obtained insurance coverage through the health law since 2013. Brown said Ohioans who shop around for coverage can find cheaper coverage.
Asked when Ohio will run out of CHIP funding (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and his forecast for refunding it, Sen. Brown said Ohio can push the date when the CHIP tank runs empty out as far as next March. The extension is possible because term-limited Gov. John Kasich will bleed other programs, like children’s hospitals, to keep CHIP alive. Approximately 200,000 Ohio children depend on the program that Congress allowed to run out in September, Brown said.