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Sen. Portman talks tax reform, shakeups in Washington and basketball with FOX45

Sen. Portman talks tax reform, shakeups in Washington and basketball with FOX45 (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A few months after leaders in Washington passed a tax reform bill, Republican Senator Rob Portman says local business owners are pleased with the results. Portman was in the Miami Valley today talking with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce about tax reform.

Afterwards, he stopped by FOX45 to talk about tax reform and other issues.

One the main problems in the state is the opioid crisis. Senator Portman says lawmakers in Washington play a 'substantial role' in the issue, "It's a national crisis," he said, "the Federal Government can bring in best practices from around the country and make sure we're funding the things that work." Since Ohio is at the epicenter of the crisis, Portman said there are good programs here in the Miami Valley that bring hope that the U.S. can beat the epidemic.

Portman also talked about the recent shakeup in the White House, as President Trump announced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be exiting the position. Senator Portman says the number of people who have left their positions at the White House, "makes your head spin a little bit." He went on to say he thought Tillerson did a good job in his position and the two worked well together. He also credits Tilleron with orchestrating increased sanctions on North Korea, which he says are unprecedented.

Another issue Portman spoke on was the increase in human trafficking. Trafficking of children and women is on the rise here in Ohio and across the country, Portman blames the dark web, "this has moved from the street corner to the smartphone, and it's ruthlessly efficient." A bill Portman calls common sense is up for a vote shortly, he says it will change a federal law and will punish sites that knowingly engage in human trafficking.

We finished the interview up on a feel-good topic, basketball. Senator Portman says he's filled out his bracket and has Ohio teams doing well. However, the Cincinnati native has Xavier going to the finals, "My brackets are always kind of pro-Ohio," he says -- but, "I think X goes all the way."

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