The battle of the news releases

These are the headlines from two news releases I received Friday: ”Joyce Votes to Avert Government Shutdown, Defund the Affordable Care Act” and ”Dave Joyce Puts Government On A Path To Shutdown.”

The first, from Joyce’s congressional office, I received at 11:58 a.m. The second, at 12:33 p.m. from The House Majority PAC, a super PAC committed to getting Democrats elected in the House that is targeting the 14th District seat held by Joyce, a freshman Republican.

Both emails were in response to Friday’s partisan vote in the GOP-controlled House, 230-189, on a measure that prevents a government shutdown, but wipes out President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

The bill will move on to the Senate, where it has zero chance of approval. One top Democrat in the Senate on Friday called the House vote a ”waste of time.”

Joyce, of Russell Township, said in the news release he voted to ”protect seniors, members of our military and Ohio taxpayers from the damaging effects” of a shutdown by the government.

”Ohioans deserve a functional government and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with both sides of the aisle to ensure we keep the government running,” Joyce said.

The district includes the northern portion of Trumbull County.

On the other end of the political spectrum, the PAC, which lists Joyce as a ”top target” on the news release, said with his vote he chose ”to put our nation on a path to a government shutdown.”

”Instead of pursuing a reasonable path, Dave Joyce chose to throw down with the Tea Party to the detriment of his constituents in northeast Ohio,” said Andy Stone, House Majority PAC spokesman.

By the way, U.S. Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, a Democrat from Niles, voted against the measure. Sixth District Republican Bill Johnson of Marietta, who represents the southern portion of Mahoning County joined Joyce in voting in favor.

In a release from Johnson’s office, he says he’s hopeful the Senate will follow the House’s lead and approve this legislation to avert a government shutdown.

Johnson is probably half-correct.

The way things are shaping up, the Democratic Senate will remove the provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and push the bill back to the House.

Statehouse lobbyists

In the Ohio House, state Rep. Bob Hagan announced Friday he intends to introduce legislation that would require statehouse lobbyists to report their annual salaries to ”render a more complete picture of the financial influence” of special interest groups.

Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, is linking the legislation to a report done by Common Cause Ohio that details oil and gas industry donations to Ohio lawmakers in the last two years.

The report, released Thursday, says companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing made $1.8 million in campaign contributions to elected officials and political parties and candidates in Ohio from July 2011 to June 2013.

”I just want to make sure that the public has a full understanding of the vast resources being spent to promote a specific agenda,” Hagan said.