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Ryan-earmarked projects stall out

Published: Thu, January 13, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17

By David Skolnick



About $35 million worth of federal money for 27 projects in the 17th Congressional District — most of it for Mahoning and Trumbull counties — approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee isn’t coming.

Getting approval from the committee is a “huge hurdle” to overcome, said Heather McMahon, spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th, who sponsored legislation for those earmarks.

But there were no guarantees that money from federal appropriation bills would have been awarded for those projects, she said.

“Everyone knows it has to pass the House and the Senate and then both have to reconcile the budgets” before the funding would come, McMahon said.

The House never voted on any of the budget bills, and won’t consider votes till March, she said.

Because Republicans took control of the U.S. House from Democrats as a result of the November general election and Republican leadership reduced the number of positions on powerful committees, Ryan lost his seat on appropriations.

“Even if Tim Ryan had remained on appropriations he would have had a difficult time bringing money back to the Mahoning Valley,” said Paul Sracic, chairman of Youngstown State University’s political science department. Republicans took “a pledge, at least for now, to eliminate earmarks so they wouldn’t have supported his or even their own.”

As a member of appropriations, Ryan was able to include about $35 million worth of earmarks into House budget bills last year.

That included $4.79 million for a defense alternate energy program at Youngstown State University, $3 million for a steel hardening research program for YSU and the Youngstown Business Incubator, and $1.3 million for Eastern Gateway Community College.

“There’s no issue” with agencies not being funded, McMahon said, because just having approval from the House Appropriations Committee doesn’t mean federal money is a definite.

Ryan will work to get funding through other options such as the president’s budget and federal discretionary programs, McMahon said.

Ryan is still waiting for his committee assignments.

As it currently stands, Ryan would return to appropriations if two Democrats leave the committee — either by resigning from appropriations, retiring from the House or losing re-election bids in 2012.

Ryan began serving on the panel in January 2007.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

At least he tried!

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank God we now have a GOP Congress that looks to lower taxes and reduce spending to balance the federal budget. Tim Ryan's district will soon be carved up like a prime rib roast by the Ohio Republicans anyway. His liberal socialist tax and spend earmark philosophy is not welcomed by the American people today.

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31loaf(100 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This should alert some sheep to the fact that a lot of Timmy's claims are just wishful thinking.Now without his beloved Nancy to guide him he will be just another politico slopping at the taxpayer funded trough!

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

No "Steal for Scholars" this year? Damn!

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5James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

"$4.79 million for a defense alternate energy program at Youngstown State University,"-

Our government's push for the inefficient and costly alternate energy resources and technology (windmills, solar panels, ethanol, electric cars, etc...) as opposed to the more efficient and cost effective energy resources and technology (nuclear, gasoline, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, etc...) is the worst thing for our nation.

It all started with EPA regulations that ultimately destroyed our steel industry.

Now our government is relentlessly pushing the man-made global warming HOAX down our throats, which is being rejected by most of the other larger industrialized nations around the world.

Our government, with the cooperation and support of MSM and our major institutions of learning (colleges), amongst others, are furthering the destruction of our industry, our economy, our jobs, our way of life, by banning the use of our tried and true energy resources in favor of the unaffordable and inefficient "green" energy resources.

"$3 million for a steel hardening research program for YSU"-

Steel hardening research so that places like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and their economies can thrive and grow.....

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62sides_2theissue(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Vitriol seems to continue post Tuscon: liberal socialist tax and spend is exactly the same as conservative fascist tax cut and spend! Both policies lead to devisiveness and will result to financial and moral bankruptcy. Stop this insanity!

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7ytownsteelman(659 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Why more steel hardening research? This is redundant, industry has been studying the hardening and treating of steels for a century. What more can a measly three million do at YSU that the US Steel Research Lab in Homestead cannot do, and do it with PRIVATE money?

The Community College should be disbanded. It has been nothing but a drain on YSU, taking away students and state funding. Hopefully Kasich will can Fingerhut and defund the EGCC.

There is no constitutional authority to spend Federal money on these various programs.

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8castironstrawbreaker(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Austerity during a recession is in wrong direction. Local government will ask for and not receive tax increases. No federal earmarks to spark economy will lead to continued slow, slow growth. Economics is not an exact science, but there are certain basic principles.

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9LongArmODLaw(22 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

More empty promises, This guy is so full of it he stinks. Ryan sits on an appropriations committee so he will bring all this money to our area; I hope this article shuts up the fools who voted for him. Tim will continue to do what he always has NOTHING! Well thats not fair, free healthcare for illegal immigrants and welfare for all is certainly one of his monumental contributions to our state. The shrinking middle class working fools cannot afford healthcare, but we will continue to pick up the tab for everyone else while going without. Strong work Congressman!

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10TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This is great news do you think Tom Humphries at the Chamber of Commerce will actually have to do some work for a change rather than feeding his pig face for doing nothing.!!!

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11DJ0(72 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

...good news for the productive taxpayers, bad news for the tax n spend group. Earmarks are BAD for everyone who really cares about our economy. Bye bye, Timmy! Apparently he was asleep during the last election. I'm sick and tired of these young pups who think they know what is best for the majority. He's just another slick politician.

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12southsidedave(5050 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

They all line their own pockets at taxpayer expense; what else is new?

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13Tigerlily(500 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Amazing display of uninformed, know-it-all people in here. Amazing. But that's the valley!

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14rocky14(757 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I can't believe the number of losers in this area that wants everyone else to be like them.
Get a life.

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