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Ryan, Johnson plan teamwork on Valley affairs

Published: Thu, November 4, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

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They haven’t spoken yet, but U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and U.S. Rep.-elect Bill Johnson plan to work together in Congress for the betterment of the Mahoning Valley.


U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Poland, R-6th


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17)


Congress 17th District

Jim Graham
56441 votes
Timothy Ryan
100295 votes
James Traficant
29969 votes

Congress 6th District

Richard E Cadle
4963 votes
Martin J Elsass
4424 votes
Charlie Wilson
91039 votes
Bill Johnson
101580 votes

“I hope at the local level, we can work on economic-development projects,” said Ryan, of Niles, D-17th, elected Tuesday to a fifth two-year term in the U.S. House. “It doesn’t sound like we’ll agree on much of anything at the national level.”

“We need to work together for the Valley, and I’m sure we’ll have dialogue about that,” said Johnson, of Poland, a

Republican who defeated two-term U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a Democrat from St. Clairsville, for the 6th Congressional District seat Tuesday.

“You better believe I’ll be working hard to give the Valley a voice,” Johnson added.

Attempts to reach Wilson to comment by The Vindicator were unsuccessful Wednesday. A

reporter asked Hillary Wicai Viers, Wilson’s spokeswoman, for five minutes on the telephone with the outgoing congressman.

In an email, Viers wrote that Wilson wasn’t available Wednesday because his “focus right now is on the transition and making sure it goes very smoothly so that constituent needs are met.”

The 6th District includes all of Columbiana County and about half of Mahoning County. The 17th District includes all of Trumbull County, except seven northern townships, and the rest of Mahoning County.

Ryan said he had a solid working relationship with Wilson and Ted Strickland, who represented the 6th District before Wilson. Strickland, also a Democrat, didn’t seek re-election to the congressional seat in 2006 and was elected governor that year. Republican John Kasich beat Strickland in Tuesday’s election for governor.

Tuesday’s election returned control of the U.S. House to Republicans with Minority Leader John Boehner expected to be elected in January as speaker of the House.

Boehner campaigned with Johnson. The congressman-elect, a retired Air Force officer, said he is interested in several committee assignments including Armed Services, Veterans Affairs, Science and Technology, and Energy and Commerce.

With new leadership in the House comes great expectations, Johnson said.

“There is absolutely no question that America is expecting a lot of this new Congress,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with our system that can’t be changed with a little common sense.”

One of Johnson’s top priorities is to repeal the health-care reform act.

Ryan said House Republicans could have the votes to repeal the law but not in the Senate, and if it got that far, President Barack Obama would veto it.

“It’s hard to tell what [Republicans] will do,” Ryan said. “They’ll have real rabid ideologues who may vote it out of the House.”

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who will be the only Democratic statewide elected officeholders come early January, said, “Fat chance,” when asked if Republicans would repeal the health-care bill.

“The first broken promise [by the Republicans] is the health-care repeal,” Brown added.

Even though all the statewide Democrats lost Tuesday, Brown said he could have won if he were running.

Brown said several of his Democratic colleagues were voted out of office for doing the right thing, such as saving the American auto industry, changing health-care coverage and supporting the $800-billion-plus federal stimulus package.

“Voters sometimes punish change,” he said. “We did the right thing. Voters are impatient. Change didn’t come as fast as they liked.”

Brown and Ryan said they wonder if Republicans will work with Democrats to move the country forward or if they’ll kill Democratic legislation to hurt Obama’s re-election chances in 2012.

“We’ll have gridlock, and it will be tough to get anything done” if Republicans choose the latter, Ryan said. “You have to figure out if it was campaign rhetoric or not, but their leaders say there will be no compromise. I’m going to go in there with an open mind and an open heart and a plan to work together.”

Ryan received 53.7 percent of the vote in a three-man race for his fifth term in the U.S. House. That’s his lowest voting percentage since he was first elected in 2002.

Five other Ohio Democratic incumbent members of the House, including Wilson, lost re-election bids Tuesday. In January, Ryan will be among only five Ohio Democrats in the House.

As for why his voter percentage wasn’t strong, Ryan said, “Health care, and cap and trade, and this other nonsense may be issues to some, but for most people, it’s anxiety about not having enough money. The real benefits of the bills we passed haven’t kicked in.”

Ryan said he strongly supported V&M Star’s $650 million expansion, the creation of a green-energy business incubator in Warren and the new car line at the Lordstown General Motors complex, and he still felt an anti-incumbent sentiment in his re-election bid.

Despite returning to the minority in January, Ryan is “pretty confident” he’ll retain his seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But he’s unsure about retaining his spot on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.


1faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Johnson is for big business, Ryan is for working folks. Johnson is for outsourcing, Ryan is for made in the USA. Johnson is from the party of NO, Ryan is from the party of GO. Should be a match made in Washington.

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2NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

It is hilarious that Ryan keeps laying claim to having something to do with V&M and Lordstown. I give him credit for one thing: being a real politician. Taking credit for everything good that happens and responsibility for nothing bad. This guy doesn't get it. The whole country punished guys who are associated with Pelosi, cap and trade, and the health care bill. And he brags about being involved with all three. He is just lucky that he lives in the Valley, where the newspaper thinks like a union rep and the people vote like it.

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3faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I give Ryan credit for standing up for what he believes and not changing his mind every time the wind blows. Johnson wants to repeal health care reform? Please, that is not gonna happen. Johnson is just another out of touch business owner, jumping on the hate Obama band wagon. He will do only for the top 2% telling his voters to wait for the trickle down.

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4faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Johnson should have had this fixed yesterday. I'm sure it was one of his empty promises. Ryan may not tell you what you want to hear, but at least he is honest.

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5NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Faith - Just because the health care bill was passed by being shoved down the throats of a population that was clearly against it (about 2 to 1), doesn't mean that it is good legislation. Why not get rid of it and fix the problems in the old system rather than build a monster that will be fiscally overwhelming and an administrative nightmare? Please quit the childish parroting of the Democratic "leadership" and think rationally as if you were running your own house responsibly. Ryan is just a simpleminded guy who got assigned to Congress when Traficant went to prison and now gets to ride the "D" ticket to a lifelong career here in the Valley. Your entitlement views are exactly why our area stays behind the rest of the country.

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6faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Most Americans have the same views as I do. Health care is a right, not a privilege. "Social programs" like Medicare, medicate, social security, & unemployment compensation are in place because we are a civilized society. My fear is that there are some people like you with a twisted view that only the strong should survive. You loose your job, to bad. You get sick, to bad. You need help, to bad. I am not from this Valley and have traveled around the world. The fact is that other civilized society's get it. There are many good people in this Valley that get it, and then there are those that drink the cool aid of Rush and the teabagers. NYR1, stay off the juice and your vision will widen.

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7faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

NYR1, In June 2009, 50% were in favor of health care reform vs. 45% opposed, but in January 2010, support had dropped to 40% and opposition had increased to 55%. Not the 2-to-1 you mention. The problem is people do not understand the new reform or they have seen no change at all. This is the Dems problem, they have not communicated as well as they should. I vote for D's and R's depending on the person.

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8personalresponsibility(11 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

(1) Tim Ryan has mental aptitude of a 3 year old and better be ready for a tough race in 2012 or he maybe out of a job. (2) Sherrod Brown, the self described 'socialist; will be unemployed after 2012, his talk could not be cheaper. (3) I wish Bill Johnson all of the best. Cutting taxes, buying foreign made goods and fighting Unions are not bad things, in fact they are three things that will make America better and pull us away from being the self-entitlement state that Democrats see no problem with.

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9AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

NYR1...what is your solution after the republicans repeal health care? My small business continues to pay double digit increases in health care expenses year after year. That is the problem with republican thinking or lack of. They had several years to provide a solution and failed.

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10Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Truth be told, I don't like either of them.

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11sparky22(14 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

People don't understand that those "social programs" like Medicaid and medicare actually help the economy. Take a look around the valley and see how many doctors offices accept patients using those benefits. Without accepting them, the people wouldn't seek health care and the doctors wouldn't be making as much money and they wouldn't have any need to hire anyone in their offices. Even more people would be out of jobs in the health field including nurses, a position reached 3.1 million in the US in 2008. Repeal the Health Care Reform and the US can see a higher unemployment rate than before, which would include many health care professionals.

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12NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Faith - You need to get your facts strightened out. And before you make claims as to a person's political views, maybe you should find them out. You certainly don't know mine. Facts are facts, and America was, and remains, against the health care "reform". That is the single largest contributor to the overwhelming display that America gave us on Tuesday. Your statistics are completely wrong.

And for your information, I am Youngstown born, Youngstown educated, Youngstown State alum, and Youngstown employed. And I have also travelled the world. My parents came to this country over 50 years ago with nothing. They did some pretty simple things. They learned English, got jobs, raised a God fearing and moral family, and taught us the value of education and hard work. They don't believe in entitlements for non-handicapped people. And neither do I.

There are many local people who don't share your myopic views. Maybe if you had different views, you wouldn't be the sad victim of society that you obviously believe you are. This is the land of opportunity. But you need to be motivated to succeed. Don't just stand in line and wait for handouts. That makes for a pitiful society. It is also why so much of the world is passing us by.

And one last thing, you really need to work on your grammar and spelling.

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13faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

In 1852, what is now known as the republican party was attempting to prove that slavery was a benevolent and wise institution. It was good for business. Doing away with unions may also be good for business, but bad for human rights. Guess it depends on you values, money or people.

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14NYR1(19 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Faith - I forgot to mention that Charlie Wilson himself admitted to me that 2/3 of America was against the health care bill.

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15faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

NYR1, I have a good job and also graduated from YSU, and got a Masters from Geneva, fear God and know that human rights are more important than the dollar. The fact that you are more worried about my grammar than my ideas tells a lot about u. FYI, health care is broke, and has been for decades. We finally have some change, not enough but some. I would like to see a single payer plan. I would like to see the R's and D's work to make health care reform better, but I think that the party of NO will do nothing but gridlock. I hope not, but if that is their plan, the D's will pick up some seats in two years.

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16borylie(951 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Faith, I hope you don't think you're getting airline points every time you post.

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17faith(200 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

WHAT! NO POINTS? I guess im done. Thanks for that i needed to lol.

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18candystriper(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Someone tell the Democrats China is starting to consume their output. Liberals don't think they need rare earths, they got each other. Instead of worrying about interest rates, they may want to have their granite counter tops assayed for erbium content.

The Tea Party name is hardly a sign of unity and cohesion. Let's see how the sensitive Ryan responds.

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19300(573 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

NYR1, you're not entirely correct about your assertion that the vast majority of the people are against the health care law and want to see it repealed.

In fact, a larger number of people would like to see it expanded than would like to see it repealed. Not everyone who was against the law wanted to see it abolished. I, for example, was against it because I'd like to see a single payer system where the only private insurance is of the supplemental variety.

You say facts are facts, but you haven't got them correct. There have been numerous polls showing that if you combine those who like the law with those who'd like to see it expanded, you've got nearly 75% of the people. Only a small minority would like to see us go back to where we were previously.

Also, doesn't anyone else see the irony that Johnson wants to repeal the law while he continues to be a recipient at the public trough? Everyone knows that Air Force sit in an office 90% of their time, while living off the taxpayer. Enjoying their taxpayer-funded holidays in the German Alps.

Say what you will about Wilson, since he wasn't a very effective congressman. But Johnson is clearly a corrupted individual while making insane profits off our DoD's warmongering. If this is what the GOP represents, then fascism is strongly alive in some quarters.

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20Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Are you really that STUPID, do you really think this "In 1852, what is now known as the republican party was attempting to prove that slavery was a benevolent and wise institution. It was good for business. Doing away with unions may also be good for business, but bad for human rights. Guess it depends on you values, money or people."

Wow, I have heard of kool-aid drinking but you take the cake, with your leftwing slant on history. Do yourself a favor and read the following link it might help you sound less like a fool.


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21Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

blah blah blah blah blah. don't you people have LIVES? go spend time with your wife/husband/kids/friends/boyfriends/girlfriends/pets. it is such a waste of everyone's time to be complaining and arguing anonymously in a vindicator thread. i mean, really. do you think it changes anyone's mind? does it really make you feel better about yourself? really? really?

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22borylie(951 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Tigerlily, ditto to you?

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23NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, but I'm still surprised that Tim Ryan got re-elected.

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24ojanet22(134 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

NYR, do you really think ANY politician "gets it"? Dream on.

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25walter_sobchak(2720 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm sorry that you feel it is twisted that only the strong survive because, when I was being raised, that is what I was taught. I had no choice but to behave, listen to my teachers, study hard and get good grades, work myself through college, love my family and friends, and make something of myself. Plus, I did this in a single parent household in a a time when they didn't give wheelbarrows of public help to a single mother. Yes, I grew up poor. Or, rather, in a family that had little money but was not poor in love and spirit.

You see, I have no problem with giving people safety nets but they shouldn't become hammocks. The challenge of helping the poor is a personal challenge to me, the individual, to help. The Leftists in this country want to reach in my pocket, take what is rightfully mine, and arbitrarily give it to what the govt believes is a "needy" person.

As for the ObamaCare, Sen. Brown is correct in that the Congress will have difficulty changing or removing the laws in the next two years. But, the House controls the purse strings and they will simply choose not to fund those provisions that make no sense.

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26hankchanaski(29 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

i wish one of these tea party types or even conservatives would have the guts to talk about which programs they are in favor of cutting. alot of these people like to talk about cost cutting measures that dont amount to 1% of the total budget. defense, social security and medicare, these account for a large portion of federal budget. i think alot of people are going to realize that these people they voted into office on tuesday are the same ones who got voted out for the reckless spending. they gave corporate wellfare to rich people and corporations and the sheep voted them back in because their minister says they have the same core values as christians. to all seniors out there i hope you can afford some belt tightening because if these republicans are serious, the socialistic programs you are on (medicare, social security) are about to take a serious haircut.

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27rocky14(839 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Health care had nothing to do with this election.
It was Jobs Jobs Jobs.The American voter will always vote their pocket book.
Tim Ryan was right--the Republicans first broken promise will be repealing the health care bill.
THEY KNOW they can't do it----but it sure did sound good.
Remember how the Republicans got in in 1994?
Term Limits!
They got in--than did nothing about it.Just a bunch of lies---just like they will do with health care.

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28piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

So the Republicans are no good and the Dems are the saviours. Somebody tell me why the House is now mostly Republican?

Some of us don't see it as jobs, jobs, jobs. A leftist president with a leftist majority is scary. Breaking up that leftist government is what happened on Nov 2 and it's going to continue in the next years.

Most of you fear yourselves. You want a government where the "great white father" dispenses (with taxpayer funds) healthcare, college educations. You don't believe in yourselves. The Dems held power from 1932 until recently. A period of 76 years or so. The republicans were in power for about 12 of those years. During the Dems watch, we got welfare, easy divorce, bussing from one school to another; in 1979 when the mills closed here, the prez was Jimmy Carter who told a delegation from Y town that he couldn't do anything to help the valley. Republicans: A Boogeyman to constantly blame for everything that goes wrong in this valley.

If things don't get straightened out in this country within the next 2 or 3 years, the financial disaster of all disasters will wreck this country. And you won't know what misery is until then.

We're ALL in it; the crap that's coming if we don't get our budgets balanced won't care what your party is. It will wipe them both out.

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29SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@ojanet- is 22 you age or IQ?

@Hank & Rocky- there is a lot of fat in many of the programs that can be cut without reducing benefits to SS and Medicare recipients. Start with the Federal pensions- From the President to the Janitor. There's a lot of savings to be garnered here. Next, cut the staff in the Gov't agencies. We don't need 3 supervisors for each worker and they can work to 67 just like the rest of us. They can also retire on the same $2,000 a month the rest of us get from SS instead of 70% of their 3 highest years salaries.

You people run your mouthes about corporate welfare-why do you think the jobs have gone overseas? The Corps don't have to pay 35% of their earnings to the gov't, deal with the EPA and other gov't agencies constantly looking over their shoulders and then the same dollars the gov't taxes at 35% at the corp level, they turn around and take another 15% or more from the investors. If you own stocks or mutual funds, you are paying the 15%.

The corp income tax accounts for less than 5% of the US Federal income tax collections. Why not do away with it? Watch how many jobs appear back in the US when that happens.

Walter was absolutely correct when he said about helping someone out short-term. The Dems want to make this a way of life. The more people that rely on the gov't for their well-being, the more the gov't can control everything.

Thomas Jefferson said it best when he observed, "Any gov't big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it all away."

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30SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@Geromajor, Faith and 300- You are precisely the voter mentality that will keep this valley right where it is- going no where.

I would bet that none of you ever met Bill Johnson, talked to him, or looked into his background and credentials. All you saw was that he was retired from the Air Force (after 26 years) and works for a company as IT director. Of course you were listening to Charlie Wilson's commercials that were full of lies.

Ask Bill how many jobs his company has and is creating in Ohio. I would much rather have a successful business man, who knows how to manage money and create jobs representing my interests, than a Lap Dog like Timmy Ryan! Ryan wouldn't know a good idea if it came up and bit him in the groin!

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31ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh I just love it! Faith makes a clearly fallacious statement, then Silence Doogood "silences" Faith with some facts! Hey Faith where are you? Every other post was yours until you were effectively "Silenced" by the truth!

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32jussy76(6 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I really just hope they find something that works for this area. It's so depressing to live around here and raise kids anymore.

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33hankchanaski(29 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

corporations have left the u.s becuase republicans gave them tax incentives to do so. its real simple, gwb gave the wealthiest americans a tax break as soon as he took office, that means the government has less money to do the things they (gwb, and republican congress) want to accomplish. then he starts a war with iraq, which we american tax payer cant afford. so what does gwb do? does he ask corporate america and wealthy americans to pay higher taxes so he can wage war on the middle east? no, he burrows money from china. they in turn say, will give all the money you want as long as you provide us (china) with all those manufacturing jobs that are currently being done in america. gwb got to wage war on the middle east (in the process making alot of money for contracting companies like halliburton) and destroying the middle class. a pretty good record for a fiscal conservative.

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34canttakeit(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Why is it that everyone has the answers yet nothing is fixed? Healthcare? What did we solve? That a child can stay on their parents ins 2 yrs longer? Yeah that was the issue, glad we fixed that.

Whether we start over or amend what we had forced down our throats was not the answer that many were looking for.

Why is it the healthcare bill didnt fix the cost of healthcare? Didnt address kids with learning disabilities that get 0 coverage? 1 in less than a 100 are diagnosed with autism yet ins companies dont have to pay a dime for services? yet we addressed not at all.

Healthcare is a right but not a right that means if you cant afford it I have to pay it for you, your right to have it doesnt outweigh my right to decide what I pay for. And yes if the Gov pays for it, then all working Americans pay for it.

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35hankchanaski(29 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

i dont think the healthcare law recently signed was designed to solve all healthcare issues all at once. the hope was to add to it over the next few years and get something that resembled universal healthcare for all.

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