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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on GM Lordstown Announcement

April 13, 2018
Press Release

Lordstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan makes the following statement in response to GM Lordstown announcement:

“I am deeply disappointed by today’s GM Lordstown announcement,”  said Congressman Ryan. “While low gas prices encourages the decline of compact car like the Chevy Cruze, President Trump’s intention to weaken fuel economy standards is putting his thumb on the scale in favor of the larger cars and SUV’s made elsewhere. He claimed he was against the government picking winners and losers, and yet he goes against the very region and state that helped put him in office. As these layoffs are implemented, I will do everything in our power to assist the affected employees and their families get through this difficult time.”

Today’s announcement follows an 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. Read more here.