Release: CONGRESSMAN RYAN: VILLAGE OF LORDSTOWN TO RECEIVE FEDERAL LAND NEAR OHIO COMMERCE CENTER
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Tim Ryan voted in support of H.R. 4310, the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing the nation’s annual military spending, including significant benefits for the 17th Congressional District. Congressman Ryan secured an amendment to the bill that will transfer seven acres of Army-owned land to the Village of Lordstown adjacent to the Ohio Commerce Center. The Village of Lordstown would receive the land at no cost with an understanding that the land always be used for public interests.
“This bill provides much-deserved support for our troops , including a 1.7 percent pay raise and extending certain special pay and bonuses for active duty and reserve personnel. I’m very proud to have been successful in securing 7 acres of land for the Village of Lordstown which can be used to provide additional opportunities locally for education or economic development,” said Rep. Ryan. “While the legislation is not perfect, it does address several issues on which I’ve been working, including forcing the Defense Department to keep closer tabs on the health of our nation’s domestic manufacturing base.”
Congressman Ryan introduced a bill last year (H.R. 3440—Defense Supply Chain and Industrial Base Security Act) that requires the Secretary of Defense to identify defense suppliers at every level of the defense supply chain and develop an industrial base strategy to ensure the United States always maintains an adequate domestic manufacturing base. Language from Ryan’s bill was included in the FY13 NDAA that requires the Secretary of Defense to develop a national security strategy for the national technology and industrial base. This provision follows on language that was in last year's NDAA, which also mirrored the text of Rep. Ryan's bill.
The NDAA also endorses President Obama’s plan to hand over security responsibilities to the Afghans by mid-2013.