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It's been a busy week for Congress on issues impacting Ohio, from national security to the environment.  Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown spoke with WKSU about what lawmakers accomplished.

National security legislation and Ohio
Brown talked about the new National Defense Authorization Bill.  It deals directly with key national security issues, and authorizations for defense programs and installations. 

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci held a press conference and mini-rally of supporters at a downtown Cincinnati hotel Tuesday morning where he tried a ploy that was used against his Democrat incumbent Sherrod Brown six years ago.

Sherrod Brown speaking
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Ohio’s top Democratic elected official is fighting the state’s process when it comes to scratching voters off the rolls. The new bill is in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing Ohio’s voter-roll cleanup process. 

A bill from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says no voter should be kicked off the rolls just because they failed to cast a vote or respond to a notification letter.

That’s the process in Ohio now, a process that takes six years before someone loses their registration.

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while most attention has been focused on the White House and competing immigration bills in the House, senators began meeting this week to talk about their own immigration bill. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, there are big questions on whether enough Democrats would go along.

The Hill newspaper is reporting that a group of Democratic and Republican senators met Wednesday afternoon to lay out the guidelines for a compromise bill. It includes a focus on keeping families together when they’re stopped at the southern border.

Barn in northeast Ohio

Renewal of the federal farm bill, which funds everything from Ohio’s biggest industry—agriculture—to food stamps, has taken another step in the Senate. The Agriculture Committee approved the bill, which will now go to the full Senate for debate.

The farm bill has to be renewed every five years and the latest deadline is coming up this September.