WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Governor Ted Strickland today held a news conference call to discuss a series of meetings and hearings they attended this week aimed at creating jobs and economic opportunity in Ohio.
“For the past month, I’ve traveled across Ohio as part of my ‘Made in Ohio” tour,” Brown said. “I’m bringing back to Washington what I continue to hear from workers across the state—that Ohioans know how to build things. We can lead the nation in the clean energy economy by partnering the government with the private sector. Today’s meetings with members of President Obama’s cabinet allowed Governor Strickland and me to discuss how we can work together to create jobs for Ohioans and bring economic development to all corners of our state. From electric car battery production in Columbus and Cincinnati to a potential energy park in Piketon, Ohio is poised to lead the way in clean energy manufacturing.”
“I went to Washington today to fight for Ohio jobs,” Strickland said. “I expressed my unwavering commitment for the USEC project and the thousands of jobs that it will bring to southern Ohio. And I sought federal action on other projects that will strengthen Ohio’s role as a leader in advanced energy, such as federal support for the CODA electric car battery facility that would bring nearly one thousand jobs to central Ohio. I want to thank President Obama for heeding our calls to hold a summit focused on blocking Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. But let me stress that we must remain vigilant in our efforts against this invasive species that threatens Lake Erie’s ecosystem and the more than 100,000 Ohioans whose livelihoods are tied to Lake Erie.”
Meeting with Secretary Chu of the U.S. Department of Energy
Brown and Strickland today met with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to discuss important Ohio issues, including the pending loan guarantee to advance USEC’s American Centrifuge Project at the Piketon Site, the future of the Mound site in Miamisburg, and a potential DOE loan to CODA Automotive to build electric car batteries in Columbus. Brown drove the 100-percent electric GM Equinox vehicle—built with technology from Cincinnati, Ohio—to the Department of Energy headquarters for the meeting.
Asian Carp Summit
Governor Strickland and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Sean Logan attended an Asian Carp Summit at the White House today, which Strickland called for in July with Attorney General Richard Cordray. Both Strickland and Brown have pushed for aggressive measures to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes system, which would seriously compromise the fish supply and overall ecosystem. In June, Brown urged President Obama to name a Federal Coordinated Response Commander for Asian Carp. In February, Brown also signed on as a supporter of the CARP Act, legislation aimed at preventing the potential migration of Asian Carp from the Mississippi River into the Great Lakes.
Meeting with Secretary Shinseki of Veterans Affairs on VA Archives
Brown sat down with U.S. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on Wednesday to discuss placing the Veterans Affairs Health Administration (VHA) Archives at the VA Medical Center campus in Dayton. In July, Brown led an Ohio delegation letter to Shinseki urging him to consider Dayton as a home for the Archives, citing the “proud military tradition” of the Miami Valley. Brown noted that the placement of the Archives in Dayton would also bring economic development to the region and boost tourism for the area. Strickland also sent a letter to Shinseki urging him to consider locating the Archives in Dayton.
International Trade Commission Hearings for Workers in Ohio’s Steel, Paper Industries
This week, Brown and Strickland also stood up for Ohio workers during hearings before the U.S. International Trade Commission. On Tuesday, Brown testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of steel workers in Youngstown and Lorain, and on Thursday, Strickland will testify before the ITC on behalf of coated paper workers in southwest Ohio. Both hearings are intended to assess whether unfairly subsidized imports from China and Indonesia are negatively impacting American workers and industries. Similar rulings affecting Ohio steel tube and rubber tire workers have helped boost domestic demand for those products and created Ohio jobs. For instance, one ruling played a role in V&M Star’s decision to build a new, $650 million seamless pipe mill in Youngstown, bringing hundreds of jobs along with it.