Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2022

Floor Speech

By: Tim Ryan
By: Tim Ryan
Date: July 28, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. RYAN. September 19, 1977, Black Monday is when all the steel mills closed in Youngstown, Ohio, and we have been waiting since then for a transformational investment into the State of Ohio. This bill is going to allow Intel to come to Ohio and convert a $20 billion deal into a $100 billion deal: 7,000 construction jobs and 3,000 full-time jobs with an average wage of $135,000 per year. It is going to transform the industrial Midwest. It is going to allow us to out- compete China.

This is also a national security issue.

Young people who have been leaving Ohio for generations are going to be able to come back. This is an unbelievable bill.

This is the first step towards an industrial policy in the United States of America, and it is time for us to quit the politics, stop trying to score political points, stop putting party over country, and lay down our arms.

My God, if we can't agree on this, what in the hell are we going to agree on?

Rebuilding the manufacturing base?

Good-paying jobs?

Union construction?

Out-competing China?

National security?

Come on. Let's do this. Let's do it together.

But we have a small group of people who have hijacked the Republican Party, and the leadership in this House on the Republican side is more concerned with defeating Democrats than doing something that is best for the United States of America. We just saw it in the Senate with the burn pits legislation, and we are seeing it here with the CHIPS legislation: party over country.

So July 28, 2022, is going to be Black Thursday--the day the Republican Party has been hijacked and aligned themselves with Communist China.