Congressman Tim Ryan voted today in favor of the Fiscal Year 2016 House Defense Appropriations Bill which passed the House of Representative by a vote of 278-149.
"I am proud to vote in favor of this legislation which will have a direct and positive impact in our community -- including opportunities for YSU, America Makes and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. This legislation reflects our commitment to the men and women who selflessly serve our nation in the Armed Forces by giving them the tools and training they need to protect our nation and benefits they so deeply deserve," said Congressman Ryan.
Congressman Ryan, a member of the House Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations, helped secure $10 million in funding for an additive manufacturing innovation research program based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio -- allowing Youngstown State University, America Makes and the University of Dayton Research Institute to continue working together on ways to increase the use of additive manufacturing in the military. Ryan also secured $10 million last year for the same program.
Further, Congressman Ryan inserted language into the report accompanying the bill which seeks to provide more federal funding for Air Force Reserve Specialized Missions--of which the 910th Airlift Wing is one.
This legislation provides $490.2 billion in discretionary funds for the base budget for the Department of Defense and $88.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations funding.