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Portman says he'll keep trying for U.S. fuel for Ukrainian power plants
Both Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman joined the unanimous vote for the Ukraine aid package
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Portman says his amendment didn't make it into the bill, but he'll keep pushing with the administration.
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Both of Ohio’s U.S. senators were among those voting unanimously todayfor the more than $1 billion aid package for the Ukraine.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he’ll keep pushing for at least one additional step that he tried to amend to the aid package. It would address a feared shortage of the nuclear power that supplies half of Ukraine’s energy.

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“These are Russian-built nuclear power plants, so obviously this a huge issue to the Ukraine to have fuel for those plants; 100 percent of that fuel now comes from Russia. This amendment would have helped Ukraine diversify those fuel sources, including getting … enriched uranium from the United States of America where we have a stockpile.”

Portman says he’ll keep working with the U.S. State Department and the Department of Energy to push for the uranium supply.

In a statement after the vote, Brown said, "The international community and leaders in Russia must begin laying the groundwork for a diplomatic solution to this crisis.”

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