WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Thursday approved a six-month spending bill that includes $100 million for USEC's American Centrifuge Project in Piketon.

Proponents of the uranium-enrichment initiative hailed the fundingprovision, saying it would allow research and development of the new technology to move forward.

"It ... keeps the project on track," said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. "So that's a huge victory for all of Ohio."

The USEC money was included in a broader spending measure that will keep federal programs funded through March 27. The House approved the bill by a vote of 329 to 91.

The Senate is expected to take up the funding bill next week.

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