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Tim Ryan asks Trump to fund D.O.E program

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Congressman Tim Ryan asked President Trump on Thursday to include funding for the Department of Energy's Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program in his budget for Fiscal Year 2020. 

The program was established by Congress to encourage domestic companies to produce and sell efficient hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, and advanced diesel vehicles. It provides grants and loan guarantees to automobile manufacturers and suppliers.

General Motors Lordstown, which is in the congressman's district, would be a contender for the program. 

The program gives special priority to manufacturing facilities that are ceasing operation so they can be refurbished or retooled.

Congressman Ryan urged the president to honor his commitment to stand up for American workers and bring back manufacturing jobs by requesting funding for the conversion grant program. 

The letter in its entirety can be read here: 

February 28, 2019

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Trump:

On behalf of my constituents, I respectfully urge you to include funding for the Department of Energy (DOE)'s Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program in your Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.

As you know, General Motors (GM) announced it would lay off nearly 14,000 salaried workers and halt production at five North American plants in 2019.  One of these plants, GM Lordstown, is in my congressional district.  Once the proud maker of the Chevrolet Cruze, the Lordstown facility has suffered from falling consumer demand for compact cars.  In the absence of a new product, GM Lordstown facility will be shuttered indefinitely—leaving over 1,400 employees out of work.

In Section 132 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), Congress established the Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program to encourage domestic production and sales of efficient hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, and advanced diesel vehicles.  This program provides grants and loan guarantees to automobile manufacturers and suppliers, giving special priority to the refurbishment or retooling of manufacturing facilities that "have recently ceased operation or will cease operation in the near future."  GM Lordstown is a prime candidate for this conversion program.  However, it has not been funded.

Mr. President, you have publicly stated your commitment to standing up for American workers and bringing back manufacturing jobs.  Your Fiscal Year 2020 Budget should honor and reflect this pledge of support.  At a time when thousands of hardworking Americans are at risk of losing their livelihoods, I ask that you include a budget request for the Domestic Manufacturing Conversion Grant Program.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress 

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