Ohio lawmakers work to secure funding for Toledo's 180th Fighter Wing hangars

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- "They have built it into that kind of excellent base that performs at the top levels of the US Department of Defense. I am so proud of them," Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) said.

Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing is defending America’s homeland. Now lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to defend them.

“I from time to time visit the 180th Wing in Toledo it is part of our national defense and you know our domestic security too," Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) added.

Toledo’s 180th supports national security on a federal, state and local level.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said the current hangars are in dire need of replacement. They argue constructing new ones would be the best option, especially if the base is awarded with F35 aircrafts. They’re asking Congress to fund for these upgrades.

“The hangers are meant to help secure this really precious and expensive asset that is a key part of our defense," Kaptur added.

Kaptur is confident the House will approve $15 million dollars for the project. The funding is part of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act that is set to come to a vote next week.

Over in the senate, the funding is included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman asked for it saying, “the current hangars must be replaced – they are outdated and don’t provide the protection needed for the aircraft and the airmen maintaining them.”

But still more hurdles stand in the way.

“It still needs to get through the whole Congress signed by the President. Senator Portman and I are working on it hand and glove together to make sure it happens," Brown added.

There is no timeline for a vote in the senate.

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