Senate passes plan to put national veterans museum in Columbus

It’s now up to President Trump to sign bill.

The Senate Wednesday sent to President Donald Trump a bill which will designate a new museum in Columbus as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

The bill, which swept through the House last year and won Senate approval Wednesday, was non-controversial and passed the Senate by what is known unanimous consent.

The museum, expected to open this summer, is under construction on West Broad Street and is designed to educate Americans about the service and sacrifice of the more-than 22 million military veterans.

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The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. The House version was co-sponsored by Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington and Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, as well as former Republican congressman Pat Tiberi of Genoa Township.

Portman said the museum “is one way we can commemorate not only brave Ohioans, but all American veterans,” adding he looks “forward to the president signing this bipartisan bill into law.”

Brown said the museum “will honor all America’s veterans and attract new attention to this important landmark.”

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