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
Washington, DC – Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to punish companies that needlessly offshore American jobs, the flow of federal contracts to major offshorers has continued steadily since Trump’s inauguration, according to a new report released today by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The report, titled “Trump’s First 100 Days: Federal Contracting with Corporate Offshorers Continues,” reveals that a majority of the largest U.S. government contractors ship jobs overseas.
Key findings of the study include:
WARREN, OH —Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown convened a roundtable with northeast Ohio steelworkers at the USW Local 1375 Union Hall in Warren to hear from Ohio workers about unfair trade practices that have contributed to an enormous oversupply of steel production capacity and harmed Ohio workers. Ryan and Brown sought feedback as they look to work with President Trump on rolling back policies that have forced thousands of America’s steelworkers out of jobs and have compelled Ohio steel mills to idle or close.
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan today announced a $187,000 project grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Youngstown State University’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Equipment Project. This project will equip a lab at Youngstown State University with state-of-the-art equipment to demonstrate and teach advanced techniques for using flexible automation (particularly co-robotics) to assist both traditional board-level electronics manufacturers as well as the integration of electronics into both conventional and hybrid 3D printed structures.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to President Trump’s recent comments on U.S. – China relations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Sander Levin (D-MI), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the Currency Reform For Fair Trade Act. This bill takes aim at currency manipulators by enabling the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties to offset the impact of currency manipulation on a U.S. industry.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan joined with 90 of his House Democratic colleagues to call on President Trump to fix failed trade policies with China. Throughout his campaign and his first months in office, President Trump pledged to the American people that he would correct our China trade policy and declared that this was essential to delivering on two other promises—to reduce our massive trade deficit and to ‘bring back’ American manufacturing jobs.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement after President Trump’s signing of two executive orders on US Trade policy. His first order instructs his administration to examine the causes of US trade deficits with China and other major trading partners and report back to him within 90 days with possible actions to reduce these gaps. The second order directs the Administration to enforce penalties against countries that break trade rules to gain an unfair advantage.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan group of House Members and Senators today introduced the Make it in America Manufacturing Communities Act, legislation that would help revitalize the country’s manufacturing sector and help create good-paying manufacturing jobs throughout the country. The bill was introduced in the house by U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), and Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY), and was introduced in the Senate by U.S.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan urges President Donald Trump to convene a meeting with Administration and General Motors officials to find an agreement that will prevent the termination of GM Lordstown’s third shift, which was announced in January of this year. The third shift employed 1,250 people. This move was announced in tandem with the decision to undergo a total three week production shutdown in March. Ryan’s letter was sent to President Trump today – March 3, 2017.
The text of the letter is below:
“Manufacturing is the lifeblood of the American economy, driving innovation, delivering high-wage jobs, and engaging new technologies to create high-value products that are in demand around the world”