Ryan in danger of losing seat on appropriations committee

Though a decision is not final, it appears that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is in serious jeopardy of losing his seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Ryan of Niles, D-17th, ranks 30th in seniority among the current 37 Democratic members of the committee. Seven Democrats won’t return in January either through retirement or losing re-election bids, placing Ryan at No. 23.

Republicans currently have 23 members on the committee. With Republicans taking control of the House next month, the two parties will switch the number of members each has on committees.

But incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican, plans to cut the number of seats on House committees by nearly 10 percent. That’s two less Democratic spots on appropriations: one of them probably Ryan.

The committee numbers are in negotiation so nothing is final, said Heather McMahon, Ryan’s spokesman.

As the least senior Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, it’s probable that Ryan will no longer be a member next month.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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