Congressman Tim Ryan Urges Lockheed to Keep Akron Jobs

Nov 1, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement on potential job losses at Lockheed Martin and sequestration:

“The Tea Party set out to shrink the government and this announcement about the potential loss of defense jobs at Lockheed in Akron shows they’re getting exactly what they wanted. Back in March of this year when sequestration took effect, there were dire warnings of job losses—yet my Republican colleagues in Congress still thought it was a good idea. Eight months later, the sequester is still in place and we are now starting to see the real effects hit home.

“There are consequences to thoughtless, indiscriminate spending cuts. Those who supported sequestration cuts need to be held accountable. How can we ask our families to pay for the recklessness and stupidity of this policy? Democrats have offered alternatives to sequestration on a number of occasions—yet House Republicans refuse to act. I am calling on the Speaker of the House to bring a vote to the House floor to end the sequester once and for all.

“Democrats will continue to put forth proposals to make investments where they are needed—and still bring balance to our budget. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I have always been an advocate for the important national security projects built by Lockheed Martin and their northeastern Ohio employees. I am extremely disappointed that they are considering closing their Akron Facility. I have spoken with Lockheed Martin’s leadership to directly communicate my views and urge them to keep these jobs in Akron.”
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