|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
MONDAY, JUNE 22, 1997
MAHONING RIVER & ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Washington, D.C. – Two appropriation bills being considered today by the House include funding for the continued clean-up of Ohio's Mahoning River, and expansion of the Army National Guard's presence at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio. The projects were sponsored by U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH).
Later today the House is scheduled to vote on the fiscal year 1999 energy and water development appropriations bill. The bill appropriates $20.7 billion for Energy Department programs; certain U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water projects; and certain independent federal agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The bill includes $250,000 for the Corps to continue an environmental dredging project on the Mahoning River. Traficant had the Mahoning River project fully authorized two years ago in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996. Last year, Traficant was able to secure $1 million for the Corps to initiate the project. The Corps is currently working with state and local officials in Ohio. The language in this year's bill provides an additional $250,000 for the Corps to continue work on the project, and authorizes the Corps to conduct work on the Pennsylvania portion of the river.
The House is also scheduled to vote today on the fiscal year 1999 military construction appropriations bill. The bill appropriates a total of $8.2 billion for military construction programs. The measure includes a $2.3 million appropriation for construction of an organizational maintenance shop for the Army National Guard unit stationed at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. The airport is also home to the Air Force Reserve's 910th Tactical Airlift Wing. Over the past ten years Traficant has worked in Congress to secure funding to double the size of the air base – including the acquisition of eight additional C-130H aircraft. The Vienna facility is now one of the largest C-130 bases in the country. In recent years, Traficant has been working with the Ohio National Guard to expand the guard's presence at the air base. The $2.3 million appropriation is a central part of this expansion effort.
Traficant said that he will continue working to increase the level of funding for both the Mahoning River and air base projects when both bills go to conference with the Senate.2009