Dem Congressman Expertly Breaks Down How Progressive Policies Are Key to Competing With China in Fiery Speech
The refusal of Republican Senators and conservative Democrats to vote for policies they deem fiscally irresponsible has winnowed away some of the most popular proposals in President Joe Biden's infrastructure bills, which are still being negotiated in Congress.
Earlier versions of the "soft" infrastructure bill that Democrats hope to pass through reconciliation included wildly popular policies like paid family leave, universal pre-k, free community college, and the expansion of Medicare to include vision and dental. But though the American people support these policies, all Senate Republicans and some conservative Democrats have opposed them.
A key talking point of Republicans in the 2020 election was that Democrats were supposedly "soft" on China, which is outpacing the U.S. in arenas like manufacturing and trade.
Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio laid out for his colleagues how the infrastructure policies would make the U.S. more formidable in competition with China while putting money in people's pockets.
tim ryan is fire. this is a must watchpic.twitter.com/ij9PZU6pnE— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1635884503
"If we don't recognize in this chamber and down the hall that China is a looming threat—not even looming, they're here. Semiconductors, they out-manufacture us. Electric vehicles, they out-manufacture us. Communications equipment, they out-manufacture us. Pharmaceuticals! Our seniors get their pharmaceuticals from China. When're we gonna wake up? When're we gonna have the guts to level the playing field? ... We have got to make these investments. We've got to make them now."
People largely agreed with the Congressman.
Tim Ryan is correct. https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— \ud835\ude8b\ud835\ude8a\ud835\udea1\ud835\ude9d\ud835\ude8e\ud835\ude9b \ud835\ude8b\ud835\ude8e\ud835\ude8a\ud835\ude97 (@\ud835\ude8b\ud835\ude8a\ud835\udea1\ud835\ude9d\ud835\ude8e\ud835\ude9b \ud835\ude8b\ud835\ude8e\ud835\ude8a\ud835\ude97) 1635884753
I like this guy. A LOT.https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— M Jones (@M Jones) 1635890812
Incredible!!! More of this please\u2026https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Liz Folio (@Liz Folio) 1635903342
We really do need to wake up. We've given away so much that we've created and let others do the producing. (China may be ahead in electric vehicles, but they're going to charge them with coal-powered electric plants)https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Richard Posey (@Richard Posey) 1635951732
More like this, please.https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Ad Hominid (@Ad Hominid) 1635951592
Great summary of Biden\u2019s efforts incorporated in his 2 major bills waiting to be passed very soon. Listen to Tim!!!https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Annie Looney (@Annie Looney) 1635914183
They threw their support behind his current campaign for an Ohio seat in the U.S. Senate.
Rep Tim Ryan needs to be a Senator. https://twitter.com/adamparkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— \ud83e\ude7a\ud83e\udd83 sassenach\ud83c\udf41 (@\ud83e\ude7a\ud83e\udd83 sassenach\ud83c\udf41) 1635884796
Ohio would do well to have Senators Ryan and Brown.https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Elaine Stewart \ud83d\ude37 (@Elaine Stewart \ud83d\ude37) 1635929505
He'll make a great senator.https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/1455631228703490060\u00a0\u2026— Buckeye Kelly\ud83d\ude82\ud83d\ude84\ud83d\ude86\ud83d\udeb2\u2708\ud83d\udee3\ud83d\udee4 (@Buckeye Kelly\ud83d\ude82\ud83d\ude84\ud83d\ude86\ud83d\udeb2\u2708\ud83d\udee3\ud83d\udee4) 1635889892
Ryan is currently the favorite to win Ohio's Democratic primary.