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Tim Ryan's Public Statements

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 13, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 13
Date Title
Sept. 30, 2015 Representatives Tim Ryan and Nita Lowey Introduce the Gluten in Medicine Identification Act
Sept. 29, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Cuts to Medicare Payments for Colorectal Cancer
Sept. 25, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Trans-Pacific Partnership
Sept. 25, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Resignation of Speaker Boehner
Sept. 24, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Address to Congress by Pope Francis
Sept. 24, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Responds to Ohio Drug Overdose Report
Sept. 23, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Address Long-Standing Steel Issues with Chinese President Xi
Sept. 22, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $76,772 for Liberty Fire Department
Sept. 22, 2015 Representatives Tim Ryan and Paul Tonko Statements on National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Sept. 22, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $7 Million to Ohio Police Departments
Sept. 22, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $900,000 to Akron International Chemical Workers Union
Sept. 18, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Defends Planned Parenthood Funding
Sept. 16, 2015 Letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration - Daily Reference Value for Added Sugars on Nutritional Facts Labeling
Sept. 16, 2015 Letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administraton - Supporting FDA Proposal Requiring Daily Reference Value for Added Sugars on Nutrition Facts Labeling
Sept. 15, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on DOE Ending Piketon Uranium Enrichment Project Contract
Sept. 15, 2015 Letter to Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric - Reconsider Ohio For National Headquarters
Sept. 15, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $119,000 to Address Homeless Youth Needs in Tallmadge, Ohio
Sept. 11, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Resettle More Syrian Refugees
Sept. 11, 2015 Rep. Kaptur, Sen. Sanders, Rep. Ryan call on Congress to Stop Impending Cuts to Multiemployer Pension Plans
Sept. 10, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement: I was honored to travel to Israel during my time in Congress and saw firsthand the constant threat the people of Israel are faced with each and every day. I will never forget standing on the borders of the country, looking out and gaining a deeper understanding of the dangers and risks that exist. Iran's nuclear capability is a matter of life and death for Israel; and for that reason, this agreement has rightly been a passionate issue for so many in the United States and across the world. It is with this understanding that I approached my decision on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Since its announcement, I have taken the time to carefully review the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), hear from my constituents, receive classified briefings and discuss both sides of this agreement with officials and experts. This deal is not perfect and I have not arrived at my decision lightly, but after careful consideration, I believe this agreement is our best available option to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, stringently monitor any nuclear activities with an independent, respected international agency and implement this deal with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China as our partners. Most importantly for me, because I don't trust Iran, supporting this deal strongly positions America should Iran violate this agreement and continue to pursue a nuclear program. If we give diplomacy a chance, and Iran violates the agreement, we will have the support and backing of the international community. There is now a bright line and should Iran cross it immediate sanctions will return to their economy from all of these countries and, if needed, incur the wrath of the international community led by the United States. This approach puts us on the moral high ground and aligns us with the other large and powerful countries of the world. I am convinced that this is the smartest approach for our country. And from my position on the Defense Appropriations Committee, I stand ready to aggressively monitor Iran's compliance and make sure we are prepared to firmly and immediately respond to violations of the agreement. I am also convinced that if this agreement fails there will be no deal at all, which is why I will vote against legislative attempts to undermine this important deal. It is instructive to look at what happens should this deal fall through. America would be blamed by the world community for sinking the deal, the stiff sanctions would be removed and Iran would immediately restart its dangerous nuclear weapons program without anyone in the entire world monitoring their progress. In a matter of months America, probably acting alone, would have to take military action to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We would have lost the moral high ground because we didn't try diplomacy and the support of the international community would wane. Not trying diplomacy puts us in a bad strategic position, moves us closer to military action and all but assures that, if necessary, we would be combating Iran with a very small coalition. I spent much of my career in Congress dealing with the mess that was created by the U.S. going alone into the Iraq war: the lives lost, the veteran suicide rate, and the trillions in national debt we accumulated and passed to our children. I do not want to make that mistake again. I want to try to make peace and only choose war as a last resort. I was pleased to see that this agreement included an extension of Iran's "breakout period," the time it would take to acquire the material necessary to construct a nuclear weapon. It is currently believed to be between two and three months, and this agreement will extend that period to one full year, allowing the United States and the international community to better respond to a potential threat. Furthermore, the JCPOA commits Iran to a stringent and comprehensive monitoring system that allows the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor Iran's centrifuge facilities. The additional transparency and understanding will grant the international community access and a timely verification process regarding Iran's actions. Without a deal this process will not exist. I have close friends on both sides of the issue, and they are people of high integrity and hold a deep concern for the greater good. I have a great deal of respect for those who are concerned about this deal, but in my judgement, this agreement gives the United States and the international community the best opportunity to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I know firsthand how important the United States' relationship with Israel is when it comes to both our nations' national security. That is why I was reassured that the JCPOA preserves the continuation of sanctions arising from Iran's non-nuclear activities, including their support of terrorist organizations and their numerous human rights abuses. We need to make sure these sanctions stay in place and others are adopted to make it even more difficult for money to get to these terrorist groups. There is no simple way to negotiate an international agreement or crack down on Iran's nuclear program. I wish it was as easy as some bloviating politicians make it seem. After many years of diplomacy from both Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, two presidents, and the international community, this is our best chance for an agreement. We needed the assistance and support of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia China, the United Nations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to accomplish this historic accord. Without the increased sanctions from these nations and the international community, Iran would never have come to the negotiating table and agreed to limit their growing nuclear program, which continued to grow even under the existing sanctions. Currently, Iran has over 19,000 centrifuges, most of these came while only the U.S. had sanctions on them. It was when the international community ramped up sanctions that production ceased. It's always better for a group of friends to surround a bully. The international community understands the importance of bringing Iran to the table to help create a deal that will not only limit Iran's nuclear program but provide the transparency and verification necessary. But before we put American blood and treasure at risk, we need to give international diplomacy a chance to succeed. I am convinced that this deal is the best way forward to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, ensuring the safety of Israel, and clearing the way for future interactions between the United States and Iran. Let's put America in the smartest and best position to deal with a regime we don't trust and to bravely lead a uncertain and fearful world.
Sept. 10, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $61,000 to Purchase 182 Bulletproof Vests in Ohio 13th Congressional District
Sept. 9, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Support For Iran Nuclear Agreement
Sept. 4, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $3.5 Million to Norther Ohio Universities
Sept. 4, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $350,000 for Youngstown Business Incubator
Sept. 4, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $722,000 in Federal Funds to Kent Displays Inc.
Sept. 4, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $940,000 to Ohio for Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
Sept. 2, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Kent State University to Receive $357,000 in Federal Research Funding
Aug. 26, 2015 Letter to Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Small Business Lending Data
Aug. 19, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Death of Congressman Louis Stokes
Aug. 19, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $1 Million for Area Fire Departments
Aug. 12, 2015 Letter to His Holiness, Pope Francis - Address to Congress
Aug. 11, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Issues Statement in Response to Chinese Currency Devaluation
Aug. 3, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Clean Power Plan
Aug. 3, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Helms Amendment and Women's Health
July 31, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Kent State to Receive $313,000 in in Federal Research Grants
July 31, 2015 Letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security - End Family Detention Policy
July 30, 2015 Letter to Jack Lew, Secretary for the Department of Treasury - Retain Hamilton on Ten Dollar Bill
July 30, 2015 Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) Fight to Include Currency Manipulation Enforcement in Trans-Pacific Partnership
July 29, 2015 Reps. Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan Applaud New CMS Medicaid/SUD Guidance
July 29, 2015 Congressman Ryan Announces $47,555 for Barberton Fire Department
July 28, 2015 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Re: National Ambient Air Quality Stadards
July 28, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $2,058,844 to the International Chemical Workers Union in Akron
July 27, 2015 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - LGBT Foreign Service Officers
July 27, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Brookfield oil spill clean-up
July 24, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Brookfield Oil Spill
July 22, 2015 Congressman Ryan Announces Nearly $250,000 for Coitsville Volunteer Fire Department
July 20, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States of America - Strong Support of New Overtime Rule
July 17, 2015 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Upgrade Malaysia's Ranking in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
July 15, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Announces Kent State, Eastern Gateway and Stark State Receive $900,000
July 15, 2015 Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Passage of Short-Term Extension of Highway Trust Fund
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