Congressman Tim Ryan Testifies on Behalf of Ohio Infrastructure Priorities in Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advocate for the priorities of Ohio to be included in the American Jobs Plan. In his testimony, Congressman Ryan advocated for rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges, cleaning up waterways, removing dangerous lead pipes, supporting the electric vehicles industry, supporting the mission of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, maintaining strong Buy America and prevailing wage protections, and fixing the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has made rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and creating good-paying jobs a top priority, and I will ensure that Ohio and my District get the resources they need to get the job done,” said Congressman Ryan. “As Congress moves forward on transportation and other infrastructure legislation, I will continue to stand up for Ohio communities and good-paying jobs every step of the way. I look forward to continuing to work with the White House and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to make sure Ohioans are prioritized in the American Jobs Plan.”
In his testimony, Ryan also welcomed the opportunity to increase the efforts to support the production of electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure, stating “An investment in this technology is an opportunity for the United States to reclaim its role as a leader in clean technology manufacturing amidst the climate crisis. Manufacturing electric vehicles will also offer good-paying jobs to our workers, but only if we invest in them first. With the investments already made here in my district in battery and vehicle production, we can continue to lead the way in supporting clean energy manufacturing.”
Finally, Ryan advocated for Ohio’s transportation systems, highlighting the urgent need for funding to fix the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Covington, Kentucky to Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan stated, “the Brent Spence Bridge, which is currently carrying double the load it was built for, is critically important to Ohio’s economy and Members of Congress and Presidents from both parties have been promising to get it fixed for years. Now is the time to finally get this bridge fixed.”
Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers grades the state of U.S. infrastructure and identifies needed investment. Last month, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, giving Ohio a ‘C- grade’. According to ASCE, the country’s total infrastructure needs over the next decade total more than $2.5 trillion.