Congressman Ryan Set to Bring Home Nearly $18M in Funding for Northeast Ohio
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after securing nearly $18 million for all ten local Community Funding Projects that he submitted in the government funding package that passed the House of Representatives today.
The funding was included in H.R. 4502, a package of bills containing seven fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills that passed the House today by a vote of 219 to 208. In addition to Ryan’s local projects, included in the bill was funding for many key priorities that Ryan fights for every day – including creating jobs of the future, protecting the environment, fighting the opioid epidemic, and investing in mental health care. The government funding bill now moves to the United States Senate.
“After years of disinvestment in hardworking Americans, I’m proud to have helped design a government funding package that will help everyday people in our community. As we chart a path forward together, this funding is going to make a demonstrable difference here in Northeast Ohio as we rebuild and put people back to work,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I worked hard to secure funding for local projects that will make our lives better here every day. Today we took an important step to transform our economy for working people in this country.”
Research compiled by Co-Equal demonstrates the real-life impact of the investments made by this government funding bill on Ohio's 13th Congressional District (see the full one-pager here):
- In Ohio's 13th Congressional District, 21,000 youth and 148,000 adults are currently eligible to receive federally funded job training. House Democrats’ appropriations bill now provides $3.1 billion in WIOA funds for job training for disadvantaged youth and adults, and for assistance to dislocated workers, an 8.8 percent increase over 2021. This increase would provide $515,000 in additional WIOA funds for job training in the district.
- In Ohio's 13th Congressional District, an estimated 54,000 children benefited from federal Title I education funding in 2021, including 25,000 children living in poverty, receiving monthly Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or in foster care or delinquency. House Democrats’ appropriations bill now provides $36 billion in Title I funds, a 118 percent increase over 2021, and would provide $58.6 million in additional funding for schools in the district to support these children at risk of failing out of school.
- In Ohio's 13th Congressional District, there were 17,000 veterans signed up to receive healthcare from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2020. House Democrats’ appropriations bill provides $98.5 billion for veterans’ healthcare, an 8 percent increase over 2021. This increase would provide an additional $41.5 million in funding for veterans’ healthcare in the district.
In addition, here is an overview of just some of the other priorities Ryan helped secure in this government funding bill:
Creating Jobs of the Future
- Language to direct USPS to prioritize procurement of electric vehicles
- Buy American language American Iron and Steel Preference, USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Water and Environmental Programs
- $907 Million for Rural Broadband ($165M increase above FY21 enacted)
- $12 Million for the Build 2 Scale (B2S) program and for developing regional innovation clusters that focus on advanced wood products, a growing source of jobs in rural America
Protecting the Environment
- $84,444,000 for Soil Surveys Program
- $3.75 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
- $300 million for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program (increase of $10 million)
- $110 million for the Drug-Free Communities Program: (increase of $8 million)
- $2.8 billion for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants (SABG) (an increase of $1 billion over the FY 2021 enacted level)
- $243.5 million for Substance abuse prevention (an increase of $35 million above the FY 2021 enacted level)
- $40 million for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT).
- $40 million for veteran’s treatment courts.
- $33 million for prescription drug monitoring.
- $190 million for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP)
Investing in Mental Health Care
- Initiates a study on teacher stress through the Department of Education to increase teacher retention and well-being
- $100 million to establish the Mental Health Crisis Response Partnership Pilot Program, to help communities create mobile crisis response teams that divert the response for mental health crises from law enforcement to behavioral health teams.
- Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative to support SEL and “whole child” approaches to education. Within this amount, the bill provides:
- $112 million over the FY 2021 enacted level, for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs (an increase of $45 million)
- $1 billion within School Safety National Activities to help increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools