JANESVILLE – Wisconsin’s 1st District Congressman Paul Ryan made the following statement in response to today’s announcement by General Motors, indicating that the Janesville plant will likely close its doors by 2010:
“Today’s news is downright gut-wrenching for Janesville. Growing up and living in Janesville, this is something we’ve always feared. First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with the workers and their families, many of whom I’ve grown up with and am still close friends with. If GM’s plans are fully carried out, this would be a big psychological and economic blow to our community and our state; but Janesville will survive this, because we simply have to survive this. As I have witnessed time and again, I have faith that our community will pull together to support one another in the difficult days ahead. It is my hope that as this 2010 shutdown date approaches, Janesville will be in a better position to reverse this decision.”
In an effort to provide assistance and support for those hit hardest by this morning’s announcement, Congressman Ryan, a fifth-generation Janesville native, will continue to work closely with union leaders, GM officials, and members of the Janesville community.