U.S. Sen. Rob Portman continued a three-day tour of southern Ohio on Friday by visiting an Encino Energy natural gas drilling rig in Bowerston.
His JOBS Act and Workforce Tour spanned over 750 miles across 12 counties. Portman, R-Ohio, is addressing a skills gap by authoring the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation that aims to make high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs more affordable by expanding access to Pell Grants for low-income students. President Donald Trump included the JOBS Act in his Fiscal 2020 budget request, and Portman is working to include the measure in broader legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year.
The stop in Bowerston occurred on the third day of the tour and was the only well site the senator visited. The tour was meant to highlight workforce development, tax reform, energy production, agriculture and how small Ohio businesses are helping secure the borders.
Prior to the senator’s stop at the well pad, he visited Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville.Click here to continue reading.