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Brown won’t turn against health bill despite lack of public option

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The Columbus Dispatch – WASHINGTON—Sen. Sherrod Brown acknowledged tonight that he is "disappointed" that the compromise health-care package does not include a federal plan or expand Medicare, but he said he will support the current version because it would extend insurance to 30 million more Americans.

Brown, one of the leading congressional advocates of including a federal option in a health-care bill, dismissed complaints from progressives who say Senate Democrats should have stood firm on either a public plan or allowing people age 55 or older the chance to buy into Medicare.

WTOL – The U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Sunday that is now awaiting the President's approval. As part of the bill, millions in federal dollars would come to northwest Ohio.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says $938,000 are set aside for the Ohio hub plan to develop railroad service.

The Chronicle-Telegram – Legislation passed by the Senate over the weekend will bring nearly $600,000 to a Lorain nonprofit.

El Centro de Servicios Sociales Inc. will receive $584,400 in federal funds for renovations and building improvements to improve energy efficiency and help renovate its facilities on East 31st Street in South Lorain, according to a news release from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office. The funds were secured by Brown and Rep. Betty Sutton, the release said.

WTOL – The U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill Sunday that is now awaiting the President's approval. As part of the bill, millions in federal dollars would come to northwest Ohio.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says $938,000 are set aside for the Ohio hub plan to develop railroad service.

The Chronicle-Telegram – Legislation passed by the Senate over the weekend will bring nearly $600,000 to a Lorain nonprofit.

El Centro de Servicios Sociales Inc. will receive $584,400 in federal funds for renovations and building improvements to improve energy efficiency and help renovate its facilities on East 31st Street in South Lorain, according to a news release from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office. The funds were secured by Brown and Rep. Betty Sutton, the release said.

The Columbus Dispatch – Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is a firebrand progressive still relatively new to the U.S. Senate after his 2006 victory elevated him from a House member.

Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich is a fiscal hawk and occasional party maverick about to retire from the Senate next year at the end of his second term.

But both of Ohio's senators enjoyed success last week in advancing their political agendas.

The Columbus Dispatch – Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is a firebrand progressive still relatively new to the U.S. Senate after his 2006 victory elevated him from a House member.

Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich is a fiscal hawk and occasional party maverick about to retire from the Senate next year at the end of his second term.

But both of Ohio's senators enjoyed success last week in advancing their political agendas.

Business Journal Daily – With the deadline just days away for bankrupt Forum Health Inc. to announce how it will reorganize, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Reps. Tim Ryan and Charlie Wilson are urging President Obama to help bailout the health-care system.

Ryan, in a statement from his office, announced that he, Wilson and Brown have sent a letter to President Obama, members of the House and Senate leadership and the Treasury Department that outlines the importance of Forum Health to the regional economy and the importance of federal intervention.

Business Journal Daily – With the deadline just days away for bankrupt Forum Health Inc. to announce how it will reorganize, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Reps. Tim Ryan and Charlie Wilson are urging President Obama to help bailout the health-care system.

Ryan, in a statement from his office, announced that he, Wilson and Brown have sent a letter to President Obama, members of the House and Senate leadership and the Treasury Department that outlines the importance of Forum Health to the regional economy and the importance of federal intervention.