With our energy grids failing, our sewers leaking, our roads crumbling, and interest rates at historically low levels, now is the time to reinvest in America. Even in the depths of the Great Depression, we invested money into public works that led to the post-war economic expansion. Infrastructure investments spur economic development by making areas safe and attractive for new businesses, while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs. Research conducted by the World Bank indicates a 10 percent increase in infrastructure spending directly leads to a 1 percent increase in GDP.
I believe there is a critical need for Congress to address our country’s crumbling infrastructure. America requires a robust transportation infrastructure to compete in the global economy, and the current state of our roads, bridges, and railroads reflects decades of neglect. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports that more than 25% of bridges in the United States either need significant repairs or are handling more traffic than they were originally designed to carry. In addition 32% of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing U.S. motorists who are traveling on deficient pavement $67 billion a year. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that these poor road conditions play a role in more than 14,300 traffic fatalities annually.
That is why I supported the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on in December of 2015. I voted in favor this legislation, which provides $281 billion in funding and reauthorizing highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years. It is time for Congress to stop passing short-term extensions and give our state and local governments the tools and the stability they need to move infrastructure projects forward. Too many communities are suffering from aging roads and bridges and I am pleased that this bill will provide the first step to rebuilding our country’s transportation portals and help put Americans back to work.
I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to assist the City of Akron in receiving a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2016. This program affords state and local governments to apply for federal investment in our nation’s roads, rails, and ports. While simultaneously improving infrastructure, the TIGER grant program serves as an important component for job creation and economic development across the nation. The TIGER grant helped Akron make enhancements to major connections within Akron’s downtown area, and provide support for both local and global businesses located in the Akron downtown. Akron is quickly becoming a global hub of innovation, attracting international biomedical technologies and companies that are looking for help in commercializing their produces and expanding into a global market and this TIGER will help the City of Akron continue to move forward and grow.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I understand the importance of the continuing fight for our infrastructure’s needs. From this position, I will continue my efforts ensuring that our transportation and infrastructure systems our effective and safely serve the American people.
More on Infrastructure
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today announced that he obtained $500,000 and several additional measures in a House Energy and Water spending bill that would benefit the community of Piketon and Pike County. Ryan, who recently met with workers and local officials in Piketon, worked with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee’s Energy and Water Subcommittee to include several items in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Appropriations bill related to the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces that the full House Appropriations Committee has passed the Energy and Water Appropriations bill which funds a number of important national initiatives and several of Congressman Ryan’s priorities, including electric vehicle technology, battery manufacturing efforts, and money for river cleanup efforts. Youngstown State University, BRITE Energy Incubator and other local entities are already well-positioned to compete for these funds.
Highlights of the legislation include:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces $3 million in federal funding for projects in Summit and Portage Counties that he secured through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process. Projects include $1 for the Akron Civic Commons Lock 3 Park Project, $1 million for the Summa Health Sr.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan today announces he secured nearly $15 million dollars in federal funding for Mahoning and Trumbull Counties through the House Appropriations Community Projects Funding (CPF) process.
Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $530,000 to the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) to be used for runway repair and maintenance at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. The grant, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will provide for pavement surface and joint repair as well as maintenance for over 15,000 feet of taxiway and runways used by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and the general aviation community.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) secured $549,600 in Community Project Funding for the Village of Lowellville Wastewater Project, which will include the replacement of the existing sanitary siphon which conveys all wastewater from the Village’s south side of the Mahoning River to the Village’s wastewater treatment plant on the north side on Sixth Street.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of the INVEST in America Act, a bill that will create good-paying jobs by modernizing and rebuilding our roads bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater systems here in Ohio and around the country.
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and David McKinley (R-WV) today introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation that would authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to States to eliminate blight by taking down abandoned homes, clearing vacant lots, and assisting in distressed neighborhood revitalization.
Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today is announcing a federal investment of $19.2 million in infrastructure improvements for Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Trumbull and Mahoning Counties.
Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) urged President Biden and House Speaker Pelosi to transition the United States Postal Service's delivery vehicle fleet to entirely electric vehicles.
In a letter to each official, Rep. Ryan joined with 53 other lawmakers encouraging the top Democrats to support funding in the upcoming infrastructure package, the American Jobs Plan, to enable the Postal Service to purchase an all-electric delivery fleet and the needed infrastructure to support that fleet.