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Saturday, October 26, 2013


October 25, 2013
Remember our Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11th
Please join me in thanking the brave men and women who have served our nation with courage and honor. One of the senseless consequences of the recent government shutdown was a delay in processing the backlog of veteran disability cases.  Our veterans deserve better and they've earned my commitment to address their needs not only on Veterans Day but every day of the year.

Ben Venue
Ben Venue Laboratories,Inc., a German based drug production company recently announced it will cease all operations in Bedford after more than 80 years in the community by the end of 2013. It will phase out more than 1,100 jobs through 2014. I participated in a meeting with Senator Sherrod Brown, officials from Ben Venue, Bedford City officials and a representative from Senator Rob Portman's office. We met to discuss efforts to find a buyer for the facility and save local jobs. 

It was a productive meeting with the company committing to meet weekly with the city's representatives. Employees are being offered severance packages and training grants.  My office will continue to work with community partners to encourage communication and identify resources to spur economic development, preserve and create jobs.

SNAP Benefit Cuts take effect on November 1st
The temporary boost in SNAP(food stamp) benefits that was enacted during the Recession is being eliminated, effective November 1st.  The temporary increase was authorized by the American Recovery and Readjustment Act (ARRA) and it is still needed by nearly 48 million Americans who rely on SNAP as they struggle to make ends meet. The average benefit will be reduced to $1.40 per meal.  If you need assistance finding a food pantry or meal program, please contact the Cleveland Foodbank Help Line, 216-738-2067 or the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, 855-560-0850.

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White House Tours Resume
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The government shutdown wasted time and billions of dollars.  At a Washington, D.C. news conference, Rep. Fudge urged bipartisan cooperation to move our country forward.
Join me for my next Telephone Town Hall
Constituent FeedbacK

“Dear Congresswoman,

I’ve tried for months and months to get my Social Security disability back pay.  They kept asking for more information and still nothing happened. Your staff is very professional and helpful. In 10 minutes, your staff got someone on the phone and now I have the $36,000 I was owed. Thank you so much.”

 Mr. W.

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