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Congressman Tim Ryan Praises Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Funding Bill and Defense Funding Bill

May 21, 2019
Press Release
Bills Includes Provisions on Electric Vehicle Technology, Mahoning River Clean Up, Funding for Four New Planes for Air Force Reserves, and Additive Manufacturing R&D

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) praised the House Appropriations Committee’s Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill and the Defense Appropriations bill.

The Defense appropriations bill—which passed the full Appropriations Committee Tuesday afternoon--funds several of his priorities, including new C-130J aircraft procurement for the Air Force Reserve, additive manufacturing research and development, cyber security funding, and additive manufacturing training. The Youngstown Air Reserve Station is a prime contender for the C-130J’s due to its one-of-a-kind aerial spray mission. Congressman Ryan will work with his Ohio Delegation colleagues to position the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to receive the planes.

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill—which is set pass the full Appropriations Committee Tuesday evening—funds several of Congressman Ryan’s priorities, including electric vehicle technology, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) direct loan program, and money for river cleanup efforts. In a letter sent earlier this month, Congressman Ryan advocated for robust funding of the Department of Energy’s ATVM program after the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposed eliminating it.

“I’m excited about what’s coming out of the Defense Appropriation bill and Energy & Water bill for our community. From new C-130J airplanes, cleaning up rivers, investments in electric vehicles and funding for additive manufacturing R&D, these are major victories for Northeast Ohio that will help revitalize our local economy and improve quality of life,” said Congressman Ryan. “If the United States and its workers want to win the future, we have to dominate emerging markets 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 continues to have the very best resources and programs to thrive.”

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.
  • Passive Cooling Material Technology -- $5 million for materials science research into passive cooling technology.
  • 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. 
  • High Energy Laser Weapon System for Counter-UAS – $8.7 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. 
  • 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.

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.
  • Vehicle Technologies – The Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes $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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineer 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 –The Energy and Water Appropriations bill contains $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.