Ryan replaces Murtha on powerful defense subcommittee


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17th, has been tapped to replace the late John Murtha of Pennsylvania on the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Department of Defense, the Departments of Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, the Office of Secretary of Defense, certain defense agencies, the Central Intelligence Agency and intelligence community staff.

'We're excited,' Ryan told The Vindicator Wednesday. 'We're moving between $500 billion and $600 billion a year in spending. Billions of dollars of federal spending we can steer back to the communities.'

'It's just so massive,' he continued.

His appointment will have implications for the universities and the business incubators, he said, and for contractors and suppliers in the area. Ravenna Arsenal, Lockheed Martin, Goodyear and General Motors could benefit, and that would boost the region's economy, Ryan said.

'This appointment is a huge win for the 17th District,' Ryan said. 'The defense budget is the largest of all the budgets in the United States government.

'Having the opportunity to steer federal defense dollars to our district will accelerate the economic progress of our region and further promote the Tech Belt initiative,' he said. 'I will make sure everyone doing business with the Pentagon knows what a great place Northeast Ohio is to do business.'

For the complete story, read Thursday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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