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Youngstown, Ohio - U.S. Senator Rob Portman toured plants in the Valley and outlined his and the Republican's plan for creating jobs and prosperity.

Portman met with the owners of City Machine Technologies in Youngstown. As he toured the plant, he talked with workers who repair equipment and machinery for various industries.

Portman outlined his seven step plan for job creation and growing the economy. He has a bill to address the $15 billion spent each year on job training, adding federal programs need streamlined with an emphasis on skilled training.

Portman said, "The workers at City Machine Technologies use high tech skills to repair electric motors, and applying some of the best technology to refurbish them so they are ready to go back on line at energy companies, steel plants, etc. It requires skill. We have to do a better job at teaching skills so people can compete."

Portman told workers he is against the war on coal, and emphasized the need for responsible oil and shale development, including building of the Keystone Pipeline which he said will help make energy costs more affordable.

Portman said, "I visited a plant in Columbiana County and the owner told me out of 10 applicants for a job, only two passed the drug test." The senator said education is the key to teaching children, teens, and adults that using drugs will be detrimental to their families, and to getting a good paying job.

The president of City Machine Technologies, Michael Kovach, said, "The company has had to switch plans (health plans) several times over the past few years. We've seen the fees increase 15 to 20 percent a year over the last four years. We don't know where it's going yet, or what form it is going to take."'

The vice president, Claudia Kovach, said, "We spend $2,000 a day before we even turn on the lights on. Health care is our biggest single vendor, and we're not talking steel, copper, bearings, things we need for the jobs to make money." The company owners would like a plan that helped reduce health care costs.

Portman told workers he is in favor of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act and passing a plan that will reduce soaring health costs while giving the patient more choices regarding their doctors and providers.

He also added the Republican plan would allow the purchase of insurance across state lines to increase competition and bring down costs, strengthen health savings accounts, give people who buy insurance similar tax savings that companies receive, and enact federal legal reforms for lawsuits.

Portman also called for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and cuts in spending to reduce the burden on future generations, and tax reforms to help keep businesses from moving jobs overseas.

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