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 – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement in support of the Biden Administration issuing today’s Buy American Rule, which is the most robust change to the implementation of the Buy American Act in almost 70 years. This change will significantly increase U.S. made content in products the federal government buys and support the domestic production of products critical to our national and economic security.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) today joins with Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) urging Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to look into the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on steel trailer wheels from China and, specifically, whether the scope of these orders cover wheel parts produced in China and assembled in a third country.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announces that, working together with House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and colleagues on the Subcommittee, he has secured committee approval of $65 million to upgrade the M1 Abrams main battle tank, which is produced in Lima, Ohio.
Lordstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today released the following statement regarding TJX HomeGoods workers voting to ratify a three-year collective bargaining agreement. Ryan was instrumental in bringing the TJX Homegoods distribution plant to Lordstown by working across the aisle with Mayor Arno Hill, former Ohio Senator Sean O’Brien, Ohio Sena
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today commended Goodyear on its acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, and its continued commitment to Ohio workers. Following this announcement, the lawmakers pressed the Akron-based company to take steps to sustain and grow the Findlay plant operations. The acquisition will merge Cooper Tire & Rubbers’ Findlay-based workforce with Goodyear’s workforce in Akron, making it the only U.S.-based tire manufacturer in the country.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan (D, OH-13) today introduced the Critical Supply Chain Commission Act with Congressman Bill Posey (R, FL-08), establishing an expert commission of twelve members tasked with increasing American manufacturing supply chain resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted crucial vulnerabilities in our supply chain systems, especially key life-saving and energy-providing products which rely on supply chains that are particularly vulnerable to outside influence and natural disasters.
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – As Valley Congressman Tim Ryan walked through Wheatland Tube’s plant in Warren Wednesday morning, CEO Barry Zekelman said American steelmakers need help with foreign dumping.
“We encourage the Biden Administration to continue and strengthen these trade measures,” Zekelman said.
Ryan’s visit coincides with an announcement by management at the plant to invest $30 million to add an automated warehouse system they say will improve productivity and worker safety.
Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) today led a bipartisan coalition of House members in introducing the Coordinated Action to Capture Harmful (CATCH) Emissions Act, which will boost carbon capture tax credits for industrial facilities and power plants, resulting in less greenhouse gases and spurring additional innovation in clean energy technologies. Studies have shown how critical carbon capture will be to reaching US emissions targets, particularly for the industrial sector, and by adjusting the 45Q tax credit, more facilities like cement plants and steel mills w
Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $18.8 million in federal funds for Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to expand and develop programs to help keep ill, injured Ohio workers in the workforce.
Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Robert Aderholt (AL-04), and Frank Mrvan (IN-01) introduced the Build America, Buy America Act to apply Buy America rules to all taxpayer-funded infrastructure and public works projects. Currently, Buy America rules have not been fully implemented with respect to all federal programs that provide grants for the construction of infrastructure. This means American-made iron, steel and manufactured products are required for some infrastructure projects, but not all.