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) issued the following statement today after Lordstown Motors Company (LMC) announced a finalized deal to sell its Lordstown plant to Foxconn:
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Mark Takano (D-CA) reintroduced the Congressional Maker Caucus which will connect members to their local makers, educate Congress and the public about the maker movement, support emerging technologies, and ensure that emerging regulations are designed to support makers and ancillary industries.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Tim Ryan (D-OH) joined Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), and other House members in calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to immediately set a path for advancing legislation to fully fund the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, including $2 billion in support for semiconductor chips used by the automotive industry.
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s China Trade Policy Plan. In a speech today, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai outlined the Biden Administration’s vision for U.S.-China Trade Policy. USTR Tai’s full speech can be read here.
Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today to introduce the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act to help bring solar panel manufacturing back to America, create good-paying jobs, and free the U.S. from dependence on foreign solar panel manufacturers like China.
Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Corporation Act. The legislation will ensure that a revitalized manufacturing sector can create the products, processes, and transition opportunities that are necessary to address the climate crisis, embrace inclusion and empowerment of non-traditional manufacturing populations in all aspects of manufacturing, and expand training opportunities in distressed communities. Ryan and Schakowsky are joined by Reps.
Lima, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Vice Chairman of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today toured the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio and spoke with the hardworking men and women who manufacture the Abrams tank at the plant. Ryan has been a longtime defender of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, most recently using his position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee to help secure $65 million to upgrade the M1 Abrams main battle tank.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded President Biden’s latest actions to position America to drive the electric vehicle future forward, outcompete China, and tackle the climate crisis – including a target of 50% electric vehicle sales share by 2030.
Youngtown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today applauded the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)’s affirmative ruling for Vallourec’s antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVC) petitions. This is the final action in the investigation and ensures Vallourec and its employees will receive the intended relief from the impacts of unfairly dumped and subsidized imports of seamless pipe from Czechia, Korea, Russia, and Ukraine.