With all eyes turning to Washington Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown used the occasion to draw attention to the Butch Lewis Act, a bill he has sponsored to fix numerous pension plans that are on the brink of failure and threatening massive cuts.

He was joined at the State of the Union speech Tuesday evening by Rita Lewis, widow of the late Butch Lewis, Vietnam veteran, truck driver and Teamster, who died in 2015 while leading the fight to preserve the pensions.

At Brown’s telephone press conference Tuesday, Mrs. Lewis said she hoped the President and Congress would see her, and see the middle class, “who built this country, who worked and kept the economy going.” She said 500,000 people have been under stress for four years, since being notified their pensions were likely to be cut.


Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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