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Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to President Trump's Calls for GM to Produce Ventilators in Lordstown

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Youngstown, OH – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) responded to President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about General Motors re-opening their now-sold Lordstown plant – which is in Rep. Ryan’s district – to end supply shortages for our frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis:

“It seems the President has forgotten that GM no longer owns the plant in Lordstown. This is a time for leaders to lead. Instead of tweeting, President Trump should activate the Defense Production Act today and put the full force of American manufacturing to end our equipment shortage. Coronavirus is already taking a toll on our healthcare system, and if we don’t take bold steps to fix that now, many more American will sadly pass away because we couldn’t supply our hospitals with the equipment they so desperately need. The President should stop stalling and fully implement the Defense Production Act to ensure our healthcare workers have the supplies they need to save American lives. The only thing standing in President Trump’s way is himself.“

The Trump Administration considered invoking the Defense Production Act to produce test kits, but ultimately did not use it. To close the medical supply gap, Rep. Ryan, along with Rep. Slotkin and Rep. Katko – and Senators Murphy and Schatz – put forth a bill this week to force the President to fully utilize the Defense Production Act.

The Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, which has been endorsed by the AFSCME, would mandate that President Trump identify private sector capacity to help provide nothing less than 500,000,000 N95 respirators; 200,000 medical ventilators; 20,000,000 face shields; 500,000,000 pairs of gloves; and 20,000,000 surgical gowns in addition to other medical equipment deemed necessary. The legislation would further require the administration to direct the distribution of these supplies, to end the unnecessary competition between states and health care institutions for these increasingly scarce resources.

The Defense Production Act of 1950 confers upon the president a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industries in the interest of national defense. The authorities can be used across the federal government to shape the domestic industrial base so that it is capable of providing essential materials and goods needed for national defense.