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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Urges President Trump To Save GM Lordstown and Preserve Electric Car Subsidies

December 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) today urged President Trump to save General Motors’ Lordstown Assembly plant and reconsider his threat to end federal subsidies for electric cars. GM recently announced it is closing five facilities across North America, laying off over 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,600 from Lordstown, Ohio. In a letter written to the President, Congressman Ryan expressed his concern that eliminating the electric vehicle subsidy as a punitive action against GM could backfire and make it harder to place a new product at the Lordstown plant.

“You recently suggested cutting federal subsidies for electric vehicles in an effort to punish GM, but that is not the solution and may, in fact, backfire--making it even harder to land a new vehicle at the Lordstown plant. The Mahoning Valley is depending on you to keep your promises to bring economic growth and development to Northeast Ohio. I am committed to working with you and my colleagues in Congress to craft and implement a cohesive national manufacturing policy, one that makes our economy actually work for American workers--especially the workers of my congressional district,” read the letter.  

Congressman Ryan has urged a comprehensive effort to find a workable solution to these GM layoffs, and has renewed calls for a national manufacturing policy.

You can read the text of the full letter here, or below:

December 3, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

This past week my district received the devastating news that General Motors would close their plant in Lordstown, Ohio in March 2019. Over 1,600 employees will be laid off, indirectly affecting many thousands more jobs in the surrounding communities. But this number does not even begin to quantify the impact this will have on families and our community as a whole. GM has eliminated approximately 3,000 jobs at this plant over the past two years. This news comes weeks before the Christmas Holiday Season leaving many families feeling anxious about what the future holds.

Mr. President, decisive action is needed. Our current economic system benefits the wealthy and leaves hardworking Americans behind. We have continued layoffs, stagnant wages, and a pension crisis. Our economy is changing and leaving the hardworking middle class behind. You recently suggested cutting federal subsidies for electric vehicles in an effort to punish GM, but that is not the solution and may, in fact, backfire--making it even harder to land a new vehicle at the Lordstown plant.

The Mahoning Valley is depending on you to keep your promises to bring economic growth and development to Northeast Ohio. I am committed to working with you and my colleagues in Congress to craft and implement a cohesive national manufacturing policy, one that makes our economy actually work for American workers--especially the workers of my congressional district.

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress

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