Congressman Tim Ryan Secures Funding for Key Priorities in Recently Passed Omnibus Appropriations Measure

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced a series of successful efforts to secure funding for policy priorities that positively impact the 13th Congressional District and Ohio. These funds were secured as a part of the omnibus funding agreement, which passed the House this week and funds the Federal Government through September.

“Throughout my career I have been able to leverage my position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee to make sure our area is able to get the investments it needs to remain competitive in the economy so that our citizens can have good schools, good paying jobs, and secure retirements. From this position I am also able to impact policy at a national level, especially from my seat on the Appropriations subcommittee for Defense, and the subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies.  As a member of Congress, making sure that the men & women of the United States Armed Services who have fought for us are taken care of in one of my top priorities. I will always be proud to fight for them, and my constituents. This funding is a direct result of those efforts,” said Congressman Ryan.  

Increase Access to Healthy Foods:

$23 million – Healthy Food Financing Initiative

  • The Healthy Food Financing Initiative is an effort by the federal government to help eliminate “food deserts.” This funding will help facilitate programs and increase access to healthy, affordable foods around the country.  

Promoting Innovative Research in the Military:

$10 million – Funding for Air Force research for advanced manufacturing

  • This funding represents the 3rd of funding for this program which seeks to provide more additively manufactured parts for the U.S. Air Force. The prior two years of funding ($10 million for each year) were used to conduct research that involved University of Dayton Research Institute, Youngstown State University and America Makes.

$4 million – Funding for Air Force Aerospace research

  • This funding will be used to design cyber-hardened flexible electronics as well as training and education, materials science, processing, device design, and system integration. Such research will ultimately provide the military with embedded tamperproof, multilayer structures that are built into the design and fabrication process and consistent with projected flexible electronics production.

Protecting the Great Lakes:

$300 million – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

  • These funds will be directed through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully fund the restoration initiative.
  • Lake Erie alone supports more than 117,000 full time jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans.
  • Congressman Ryan staunchly opposed President Trump’s first budget proposal, which would have zeroed out federal funding for the initiative.
  • Congressman Ryan also joined in signing onto a bipartisan, bicameral letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt following reports that the Trump Administration plans to abolish Region 5 of the EPA urging him to reconsider this course of action.

In 2015, Congressman Ryan’s legislation to create a Coordinator within the EPA specifically to tackle toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie was signed into law as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016.