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As Impeachment Proceeds, Sen. Portman Optimistic About Bipartisan Legislation

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
John Minchillo
Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says progress is being made in Washington D.C. even as two articles of impeachmentare being brought against President Trump.

Portman says he's seeing a shift in Washington right now, despite the highly-partisan proceedings.

“If you had asked me yesterday, I might have had a little different view, which is it has made it much harder because I think it has, but suddenly we are getting these breakthroughs," Portman says.

Portman says he’s pleased the U.S. House will vote soon on bipartisan bills that would fund the National Defense Authorization Act and approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ohio's junior senator on Wednesday came out in support of the trade deal, which is intended to replace NAFTA.

Portman says the votes are a sign Democrats are willing to move beyond the impeachment issue that has dominated attention in D.C. lately.

“It’s been harder, but we have begun to push some things through here at the end of the year in this last couple of weeks," Portman said. "I think Democrats probably understand in the House that they need some accomplishments – that impeachment is not adequate for them to take back to their voters."

Portman says he hopes some spending bills that have been on hold will also be voted on and passed in the next couple of weeks.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.