Revitalizing American Manufacturing
Protecting our economy and putting citizens back to work is one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress. We need to take an innovative approach to legislation that will grow the economy, reward businesses that keep jobs in the United States, reduce the deficit, and create a level playing field for American workers in the global market.
It is essential we do all we can to strengthen and protect manufacturing, a vital American industry and the foundation of our economy. When manufacturers are given the tools they need to compete in a global marketplace, Americans prosper and our nation becomes stronger. Manufacturing employs 662,000 Ohioans and contributes $99.8 billion to our state’s economy. In our district alone, we have more than 600 manufacturing companies employing nearly 37,000 workers. Most recently, manufacturers have lost on average 74,000 jobs per month, good-paying jobs that pay an average of 20 percent more than typical service sector jobs.
As Co-Chair of both the House Manufacturing Caucus and the House Maker Caucus, I am dedicated to promoting and expanding American manufacturing. I have introduced legislation to establish the position of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President. The U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) will be responsible for coordinating manufacturing-related policies and activities across agencies. The CMO will also develop a national strategy to revitalize the manufacturing sector, spur economic growth, and increase our competitiveness around the globe. Manufacturing is the stabilizing force behind our local and national economy. Without a strong domestic manufacturing base, we will not have a strong economic recovery.
Fair and Balanced Trade
Each and every day, I hear stories from constituents who have been negatively impacted by free trade agreements that ship manufacturing jobs overseas. When plants are closed and friends and family lose a reliable source of income, it has a profound rippling effect that impacts every part of our community. All workers ask for is a level playing field so they can compete on a global scale. However, past trade agreements have not lived up to those standards, and I have consistently opposed them while in Congress. That is why I voted against the Panama, Colombia, and South Korea free trade agreements and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Furthermore, I have testified before the International Trade Commission to voice my concern about predatory behavior of countries such as China that continues to dump steel and aluminum products on our shores at government subsidized below-market prices. It is my belief that hardworking Americans deserve better when it comes to our country’s trade policy.
Future of manufacturing rests with our ability to innovate. We must invest in innovation in manufacturing, so new industries and jobs can flourish. In 2012, a landmark $85 million public-private investment was made in Northeast Ohio. The joint venture, America Makes, was the first major investment to help revitalize American manufacturing by investing in “additive manufacturing” which relies on 3D printers to build components layer-by-layer rather than subtractive processes like milling. More than 20 collaborative research projects are under way and Northeast Ohio is already seeing the benefits with companies coming to Youngstown, Akron, and Cleveland. This investment is helping the U.S. grow its capabilities in additive manufacturing; but unfortunately, experts estimate that American spending only amounts to about one-third of what China is investing in in the same industry.
Education and Workforce Development
There is no doubt we must do more to help educate the next generation for careers in manufacturing. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education helps drive our nation’s economic train and ensures our children will be prepared to lead the world in innovation and entrepreneurship. That is why I have introduced the 21st Century Shop Class Act, which promotes maker education and will help gives students the skills they will need to participate in the exciting jobs that require knowledge of new tools, such as computer programming, engineering analysis, 3-D printing, and robotics. I have also cosponsored the Stepping up to STEM Education Act and the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act to help expand and increase the participation in STEM programs. As Americans we have always valued education, and we have had a strong appetite for innovation and entrepreneurship. This is even more important today as the competition for manufacturing and jobs has truly become global. We need educated citizens that will be ready to build a better and brighter future for the United States of America.
More on Manufacturing
Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today made the following statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approving the GM-LG Chem Lordstown Battery Plant’s permit. Earlier today, the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) authorized a sales tax exemption certificate for the Lordstown Battery Plant. The plant will mass-produce battery cells for next-generation electric vehicles on approximately 177 acres of property.
Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds GM-Honda announcement to use GM-LG Chem’s Ultium batteries, which will be built in Lordstown, Ohio, in a new joint venture to develop two new electric vehicles.
Youngstown, Ohio —Congressman Tim Ryan applauds the launch of America Makes’ National Additive Manufacturing Resources to address the national health crisis and personal protective equipment shortage. In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA),the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
Youngstown, OH – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) responded to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about General Motors re-opening their now-sold Lordstown plant – which is in Rep. Ryan’s district – to end supply shortages for our frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis:
Youngstown, Ohio — Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) & Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) today announced the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, legislation to force President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act of 1950 (P.L. 81-774, 50 U.S.C. §§4501 et seq.) and federalize the manufacturing and distribution of scarce in-demand medical supplies in order to cure the growing inefficiencies of 50 states and thousands of hospitals competing against each other for medical supplies. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today hosted a meeting in his Washington, D.C. office with Ohio State Senators Sean O’Brien (D-OH, District 32) and Michael Rulli (R-OH, District 33) and LG Chem executives. LG Chem and General Motors (GM) are building a joint electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The meeting centered around how the federal government and State of Ohio and LG Chem can best work together to move this project forward.
Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following statement in response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget cancelling the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program, which Lordstown Motors is seeking a $200 million loan from.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted for the most significant worker-rights legislation in 80 years. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will guard union elections from employer interference, require employers to negotiate with newly elected unions, ensure employees can’t be misclassified as supervisors or independent contractors, invalidate state “right-to-work-for-less” laws, and stiffen penalties for violations of workers’ rights.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) met Tuesday, January 28th with Steve Burns, CEO of Lordstown Motors to discuss Lordstown Motors' upcoming application for an approximately $200 million Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan through the US Department of Energy. Lordstown Motors plans to use the funds to update their plant—the former GM Lordstown Assembly Plant--to manufacture electric-powered pickup trucks. They plan to hire as many as 400 workers by the end of this year.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today voted in favor of the renegotiated NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Northeast Ohio has been devastated by trade agreements that made it easier and cheaper to ship American jobs overseas, and Ryan came to Washington campaigning on the need to renegotiate NAFTA. From the start, Ryan made clear that any new agreement must prioritize workers’ rights and freedoms, include substantive provisions to end outsourcing incentives, and strengthen enforcement mechanisms. This is the first trade agreement Ryan has voted for in his career.