GOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight

GOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight
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Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSoured on Fox, Trump may be seeking new propaganda outlet On The Money: McConnell: Talking about fifth coronavirus bill 'in next month or so' | Boosted unemployment benefits on the chopping block | Women suffering steeper job losses from COVID-19 Kudlow: 0-per-week boost to unemployment benefits won't 'survive the next round of talks' MORE (R-Ohio) announced Monday he will donate his Senate salary through May to five regional organizations in Ohio working to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.

Portman is donating his salary to the Cleveland Foundation Covid-19 Rapid Response Fund, the Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation local nonprofit fund, the Southeast Ohio Food Bank and the Greater Toledo Community Foundation Covid-19 Response Fund.

“Many Ohioans are hurting right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet. Many individuals are seeing their paychecks disappear and small business owners throughout the state are making sacrifices as they struggle to keep their doors open,” Portman said in a statement.

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Senators earn $174,000 a year, so two months of salary is approximately $29,000.

Portman said the groups he is donating to are “under tremendous pressure."

“These organizations are representative of so many great nonprofits and volunteers that are responding to the urgent needs of individuals, families, and small businesses across Ohio during this coronavirus crisis,” he said.

Portman played a key role in crafting the $2 trillion economic relief package that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE signed into law Friday.

The Ohio Republican was tasked with negotiating expanded unemployment benefits in the legislation.