Congressman Tim Ryan Secures Funding for Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and River Clean-Up Efforts
Washington, DC — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted for the FY 2021 spending bills for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies as well as Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies. The Energy and Water bill includes $5M in funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program that Lordstown Motors may apply for, despite the Trump Administration zeroing out program funding in the President’s FY 2021 budget.
Both bills will move the ball forward on U.S. climate goals and help carry communities into the economy of the future. The Energy and Water bill makes critical investments to reinvigorate the economy, improve infrastructure, and uphold our commitment to strengthening America’s national security. The Interior bill will help continue to protect and preserve public lands, and improve water infrastructure so more Americans can access safe drinking water.
“I’m proud to have fought to reinstate the manufacturing loan program in this funding bill that the Trump White House had attempted to eliminate. This program could end up being crucial to helping more electric vehicle companies—like Lordstown Motors—create jobs and lead the future of manufacturing here in the Valley and across the country,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Not only will this funding reinvigorate job growth as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding makes critical investments in our infrastructure that will make our communities stronger and safer. As major cities around the world have gotten a break from daily pollution during this pandemic, we’ve seen a glimpse of just how our daily actions can affect emissions. I’m proud of the efforts we’ve taken as a committee in both of these bills to make good on efforts to decrease emissions and reach our climate goals while also helping our industries lead us into the modern economy.”
Key provisions of the Energy and Water bill include:
- $5 M in funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Programs
- $5 M for energy-focused incubators like BRITE Energy Incubator in Warren, OH
- $395 M for Advanced Manufacturing
- $10 M for Battery Manufacturing Research
- $43 M for Clean Cities Program
- $10 M for Clean School Bus Grant Program
- Report Language for Great Lakes Navigation System recommendation includes funding for projects within this system
- $10 M for the Army Corps to restore the aquatic ecosystem of polluted rivers (like the Mahoning River)
- $2 M for the Army Corps to clear downed trees and other debris from rivers
Key provisions of the Interior bill include:
- $335,000,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
- $10 M Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS)
- $23.25 M Civil Rights Grants
- $13 M for the Great Lakes Science Center
- $5.471 M to monitor, characterize and control Harmful Algal Blooms
- Report Language supporting collaboration between Great Lakes Science Center collaboration with Great Lakes Partnership to implement priority science needs for biological assessment tools
For fiscal year 2021, the Energy and Water Development bill invests $49.6 billion in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.26 billion, or 3 percent, above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level. To respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic recession, the bill provides an additional $43.5 billion in emergency spending.
The Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies bill includes $36.76 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $771 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $5.11 billion over the President’s 2021 request. Additionally, the bill includes $15 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for investments in critical infrastructure. There is also an additional $2.35 billion of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment.