2020 Dem Tim Ryan announces economic plan to boost manufacturing

2020 Dem Tim Ryan announces economic plan to boost manufacturing
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Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanCongress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left Democrats rally behind monthly ,000 relief checks MORE (D-Ohio) on Saturday announced an economic plan aimed at strengthening the middle class.

The plan aims to give a boost to the manufacturing sector, double union membership and expand apprenticeship programs, in an effort to rebuild "our forgotten cities."  

Ryan also called to raise the minimum wage to $15, allow public sector employees the abiliity to collectively bargain and proposes an increase infrastructure funding.

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The Ohio congressman, whose longshot campaign has largely focused on manufacturing jobs and issues, said he would establish a U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer who would set production goals and advocate for manufacturing workers. 

"When I am President I will never forget that workers come first, and that our economic policy cannot put corporations before the hardworking men and women of our country," Ryan said in a post describing the plan. 

Ryan made the stage for the first round of Democratic debates last month, but has failed to gain traction in the polls. NBC News reported Friday, however, that two campaign staffers for Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE were giving their support to Ryan.

Fletcher Smith and Brandon Brown, who held senior roles in Biden's 2008 presidential campaign, told NBC that Biden had neglected some South Carolina relationships. 

Ryan is among more than two dozen people running for the 2020 Democratic Party's presidential nomination.