Idea Stream: Senator Portman Makes Case For Multipronged Attack Against Poverty
By Brian Bull | September 30, 2014
Education, job training, and fighting recidivism and drug addiction are all key to alleviating poverty, according to U.S. Senator Rob Portman. The Ohio Republican shared his strategy while visiting a faith-based relief organization in Cleveland.
Staff at The City Mission gave Portman a full tour, discussing the services they provide former inmates and homeless people.
“Hey, how are you? I’m Rob Portman, nice to see you,” Portman said to a woman at her desk.
“Yeah, me too,” she replied.
“Sue is a licensed mental health therapist. She’s been on our staff now for almost two years,” said Reverend Richard Trickel, the CEO of The City Mission.
Portman’s visit comes after the latest step in reauthorizing his Second Chance Act. It aims to reintegrate former inmates back into society, through job training and other support programs. Portman first authored it in 2004 with Cleveland Democrat Stephanie Tubbs-Jones. It was passed into law four years later.
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