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, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding General Motors’ announcement that the proposed tentative agreement between GM and the UAW would officially end General Motors’ presence in the Mahoning Valley.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) along with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) encouraged Mahoning Valley students to attend the inaugural Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo at the Canfield Fair Grounds next Thursday, September 26th. The expo will connect northeast Ohio students with representatives from local skilled construction trades and feature hands-on activities for students to learn more about these jobs and future career opportunities.
Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) union on strike at General Motors (GM) in Lordstown, Ohio.
Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) praised a new partnership between Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) and Hyperion Motors. A hydrogen car company based out of Orange, California, Hyperion Motors is developing a car that can drive 400 miles and refuel in three minutes. During an event in Warren, Hyperion Motors gave a high level presentation of their product and signed a Client Engagement Letter to signify officially setting up shop in Warren. Hyperion Motors CEO Angelo Kafantaris is a Mahoning Valley-native originally from Warren, Ohio.
Washington, DC – Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Reed (R-NY) introduced a bill today increasing access to affordable capital for small manufacturers. The Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act would increase affordable loans to manufacturers, provide incentives to grow operations, support manufacturing startups, spur investment in small manufacturing businesses and expand education assistance to small manufacturers. Senators Chris Coons (D-CT), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) applauds the passage of the FY 2020 Appropriations combined spending package which contains the Defense, Energy and Water, Labor/Health and Human Services/Education, and State and Foreign Operations spending bills.
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) issued the following statement regarding his meeting with General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra about updates on the Lordstown plant: