Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of Government Funding Bill

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill to keep the government funded through September.

“Today I voted in favor this compromise spending bill that will fund the federal government through September. While this spending bill wasn’t perfect, it succeeded in securing policy priorities and funding for causes that are important to hard-working men and women in my district and across the country, and deserved congressional support,” said Congressman Ryan. “Most pressing among these issues is $1 billion for programs that help combat the opioid addiction epidemic. Families across Ohio and the nation are suffering, and these funds will help alleviate some of the financial burden for those in need of treatment.”

“I was also happy to see a permanent solution included to deliver health benefits to the thousands of retired coal miners and their families, many of whom reside in Ohio, who would have lost coverage this month. Finally, this legislation fully funds the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program that is of the utmost importance to making sure the Great Lakes continue to be an indispensable economic and public health resource.”