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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Calls On Trump to Listen to Auto Executives and Maintain Fuel Standards

May 11, 2018
Press Release
Strengthening the Market for the Chevy Cruze

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) calls on President Trump to reverse his decision to scrap fuel efficiency standards that weaken the market for compact cars like the Chevy Cruze, which are manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio. This comes after the President met with U.S. auto executives, including GM CEO Mary Barra, today to discuss the impact of the rulemaking on the auto industry.

“Today President Trump met with U.S. auto executives who urged him to maintain the EPA’s fuel economy targets. I hope he listened. Last month GM Lordstown announced the layoff of the second shift, throwing the lives of 1,500 employees into uncertainty. While low gas prices paved the way for the decline of compact cars like the Chevy Cruze, President Trump’s April announcement to weaken fuel economy standards put his thumb on the scale in favor of the larger cars and SUV’s made elsewhere, hurting our community specifically. The truth is, the fuel economy standards help sell more Chevy Cruzes, and if President Trump truly cares about workers in Lordstown, he will reverse this disastrous decision that hurts our economy, and our environment,” said Congressman Ryan.    

The layoff announcement on April 13, 2018 followed the April 2, 2018, Final Determination by President Trump’s EPA on the Appropriateness of the Model Years 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation – incentivizing the sale of larger cars and SUVs. This was not a surprise as Secretary Pruitt has questioned climate scientists, eliminating the Clean Power Plan, and now working to roll back fuel economy standards that are reducing carbon pollution. You can read more here.

On April 24, 2018 Congressman Ryan urged General Motors to consider ShareWork Ohio, a unique layoff aversion program offered by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) for employees impacted by the recently announced layoff of the second shift at GM Lordstown. In a letter sent to GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Congressman Ryan highlighted ShareWork Ohio’s outside-the-box approach to retaining valued employees until demand can return to the industry market. You can learn more here.

On April 27, 2018 Congressman Ryan spoke directly with GM CEO Mary Barra to discuss the loss of GM Lordstown’s 2nd shift, potential ways to mitigate the impact on our community, and the long-term future of GM Lordstown. Read more here