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Congressman Ryan Announces Committee Passage of Energy and Water Spending Bill with Local Priorities

July 16, 2021
Press Release

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:

  • Creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs with a focus on deploying clean energy technologies and the green jobs of tomorrow in communities across the country;
  • Confronting the climate crisis with more than $14 billion of transformative investments in clean energy and science, which will help develop clean, affordable, and secure American energy;
  • Rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure critical to protecting communities from more frequent and severe storms and addressing the worsening drought; and
  • Providing Build Back Better Challenge Grants – the bill includes $100 million for a new program to support state-, local-, and Tribal-level approaches that encourage early action and novel methods for clean energy deployment – especially elevating impoverished, disenfranchised, marginalized, or overburdened communities.

“I’m very proud to have obtained these funds and legislative provisions for the benefit of my constituents and Northeast Ohio. From cleaning up rivers, investments in electric vehicles, funding for battery storage, and research and workforce development, these are major victories for Northeast Ohio that will help revitalize our local economy and improve quality of life,” said Congressman Ryan. “To position our workers to win the future, we must dominate these emerging industries and continue to make strategic investments in advanced vehicle technologies, electric vehicles, and advanced manufacturing. I will continue to fight to ensure that my congressional district has the very best resources and programs to thrive.”

Additional Rep. Ryan Initiatives Included in FY2022 Energy and Water Bill

  • Battery Manufacturing Centers of Excellence – Provides $20 million to establish electric vehicle battery manufacturing centers of excellence with a focus on workforce development.
  • National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE) Initiative – Provides $5 million for the Office of Technology Transitions for a competitive funding opportunity for incubators supporting energy innovation clusters. BRITE Energy Incubator has previously received funding through this program.
  • Provision to encourage U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to partner with states and local governments to dredge rivers –  At the request of Congressman Ryan, the Energy and Water Subcommittee on Appropriations added language encouraging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into hold-harmless agreements with States and local units of government. These agreements will make it easier for the Corps to provide federal funding in dredging contaminated river sediment.
  • Funding for removing river dams – Provides $11 million for aquatic ecosystem restoration. These funds can be used to restore natural river flow by removing dams like those in the Mahoning River.