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GOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight

GOP senator to donate 2 months of salary in coronavirus fight
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths House panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms 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 TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE signed into law Friday.

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