Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said Tuesday on WAMU radio's "IA" program that GM has the right to pursue its business interests but should have given its employees more consideration.
"It's frustrating when you look back at the auto rescue package in which the public helped GM get back on their feet" and gave it about $150 million in tax cuts this year, he said.
"We were sold a bill of goods from the president that this money was going to get reinvested back into these factories. When you factor in the ripple effect you're talking about 10,000 jobs in a region -- truckers, doctors, lawyers, school districts are all going to get hammered from this. And it just seems once again that the workers are the last ones to be accounted for."
Ryan's district stands to lose 1,600 jobs from the closure of the Lordstown plant.