WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives last week approved a $147 billion spending package for next year to fund military construction, energy and water projects as well as spending for veterans and congressional operations.
The package passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by a lopsided margin with support from both Ohio Senators, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown.
On Thursday, it passed the House of Representatives by a 377 to 20 margin with backing from all Ohio members of Congress, except for Miami County GOP Rep. Warren Davidson, who thought it spent too much money, and Wadsworth GOP Rep. Jim Renacci, who missed the vote to attend a fundraiser for his U.S. Senate campaign against Brown.
Renacci submitted a statement to the Congressional Record that said he backed the bill because of its "critical funding for a number of Northeast Ohio priorities."
Other Ohio legislators said they were pleased it would include the following projects:
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