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) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks 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 BidenUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' Warren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll 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.