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Congressman Tim Ryan Applauds Passage of Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations “Minibus” Spending Package

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds the passage of the FY 2020 Appropriations combined spending package which contains the Defense, Energy and Water, Labor/Health and Human Services/Education, and State and Foreign Operations spending bills. The “minibus” funds several of Congressman Ryan’s priorities, including new C-130J aircraft procurement for the Air Force Reserve, additive manufacturing research and development, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) direct loan program, river cleanup efforts, employment training programs, research on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Social and Emotional Learning, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Today’s passage of several Appropriations spending bills is a huge win for Northeast Ohio, and I’m proud to have used my position on the House Appropriations Committee to fund these critical projects for our district –$400 million for four new C-130J airplanes, millions for cleaning up rivers, investments in electric vehicles and additive manufacturing, funding for Social and Emotional Learning, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grants. These funds will be a huge boon for our economy and community,” said Congressman Ryan. “With this minibus, we are making critical investments to move our country forward, support hard-working families, and ensure every person has the tools and resources to achieve the American Dream.”

FY2020 Defense Funding Bill

  • C-130J Aircraft Procurement – Procurement of 4 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, specifically designated for U.S. Air Force Reserve units. The Youngstown Air Reserve Station houses the 910th Airlift Wing, which utilizes C-130 aircraft for its unique aerial spray mission as well as combat support
  • Additive Manufacturing Research and Development – $10 million in research and development funding for very large-scale additive manufacturing equipment. Youngstown, Ohio is home to America Makes and several additive manufacturing companies
  • Exploitation Detection for Flexible Combat Avionics  – $9 million in funding for developing critical technologies for cyber security and resilience of Air Force avionics and weapon systems. The University of Akron has a robust research and development program in this field
  • Additive Manufacturing Training Insertion – $10 million in funding for additive manufacturing training
  • Competitively Awarded Technology Transition – $10 million for technology transition. This is an area being worked on by the Ohio Federal Research Network as well as the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center
  • Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) Pilot Program and Cross-Training National Guard Cyber Force – $2 million to strengthen National Guard Cyber Domestic Mission Assurance Capabilities. Ohio’s National Guard is a leader in the cyber domestic mission
  • High Energy Laser Weapon System for Counter-UAS – $10 million in research and development funding for high-energy laser weapon systems to defeat Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). UAS, or drones, have become widely available to both foreign and domestic actors and present an emerging threat
  • Passive Cooling Material Technology -- $5 million for materials science research into passive cooling technology

FY2020 Energy and Water Funding Bill

  • Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program – Following a letter from Congressman Ryan to Energy and Water Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur, the Energy and Water Subcommittee provided $5 million to continue the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program. President Trump’s budget proposed zeroing out the ATVM program and rescinding a sizeable amount of its $18 billion loan authority. Further, the Committee also directed the Department of Energy to expeditiously evaluate and adjudicate all loan applications received
  • Electric Vehicle Technologies – $163.2 million for batteries and electric drive technology and $38.1 million for electric drive research and development, of which $7 million is to enable extreme fast charging and advanced battery analytics
  • Provision to encourage the 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 – $12 million for aquatic ecosystem restoration, $11 million above the budget request. These funds can be used to restore natural river flow by removing dams like those in the Mahoning River
  • Clearing brush and downed trees in rivers for navigation and flood control – $2 million to clear rivers of downed trees and other obstructions. This is a significant issue for the Mahoning River and the Trumbull County MetroParks has requested assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers to remove obstructions from the Mahoning River between Newton Falls and the City of Warren

FY2020 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education

  • Increase for Employment Training Administration – $10.6 billion, which includes funding for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Grants, Youth Build, Job Corps, and Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • National Institute of Health (NIH) -- $41.1 billion, which is a $2 billion dollar increase
  • Increase for Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block (SAPT) Grant – $212 million, an increase of $7 million above the 2019 enacted level
  • Inclusion of funds for Title X Family Planning – $400 million, an increase of $114 million
  • Increase for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Programs (CHGME) – $350 million, an increase of $25 million. This program helps eligible hospitals maintain graduate medical education programs, which supports the training of residents to care for the pediatric population and enhance the supply of primary care and pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties
  • Increase for Healthy Start – $130.5 million, an increase of $8 million
  • Increase for Child Care and Development Block Grants (CCDBG) – $7.7 billion, which is an increase of $2.4 billion
  • Increase for Head Start – $11.6 billion total, an increase of $1.5 billion
  • Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – Committee encourages Maternal & Child Health Bureau to develop protocols to train professionals to screen, diagnose, and provide evidence-based interventions
  • Increase for Federal Student Aid programs – Includes increase for Pell Grants and Federal Work Study
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiative – $260 million for a SEL Initiative which includes funding for grants for evidence-based, field-initiated innovations that address student social, emotional, and cognitive needs; a grant program for teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies; a program to make schools safer through a new competition that will help local educational agencies (LEAs) directly increase the number of mental health and child development experts in schools; and funding to provide comprehensive services and expand evidence-based models that meet the holistic needs of children, families, and communities

 FY2020 State and Foreign Operations Funding Bill

  • President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – $5.93 billion for AIDS relief; additional funding and resources can increase access to live-saving services, help more partner countries achieve epidemic control and eliminate HIV as a public health threat (to include Global Fund AIDS funding at $430 million)
  • Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – $1.56 billion is consistent with the United States continuing to provide 33% of total resources for the Global Fund. The Global Fund plays a critical role in reducing illnesses from the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. It is credited with supporting responses that have saved more than 27 million lives worldwide since its 2002 launch
  • USAID Tuberculosis Program – Continued support for USAID’s global TB program helps build capacity in countries highly-burdened by TB, supports the development of new diagnostic and treatment tools, and is also authorized to support research to develop new vaccines
  • International Basic Education – $925 million, with at least $800 million for bilateral development assistance. U.S. international basic education programs focus on increasing equitable access to education, providing early learners with foundation skills in literacy and numeracy, and preparing youth for successful careers
  • Afghan Special Immigration Visa (SIV) program – The Committee continues to support the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which allows Afghan individuals who supported our military and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and who face threats because of their service to apply for refugee status in the United States