A bill including $116 million for new construction at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), based at Wright-Patterson, passed easily, with senators voting 86-5 to approve a handful of funding needs, for energy and water protection and military construction and veterans affairs.

Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) had endorsed passage well before the vote, and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, whose district includes the Air Force base, had pushed for authorization of NASIC’s entire projected construction cost of more than $180 million.

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