Kasich told Sean Hannity on the Fox News Network, “President Obama was in Columbus last week and I’m disappointed to report that he didn’t bring a loan guarantee with him, especially because it will do nothing to increase the national deficit.”
Kasich said he had recently written a letter to Obama asking for his leadership in securing the loan guarantee.
“For too long, the process has been bottled up in bureaucratic red tape,” Kasich said. “And it is preventing us from creating thousands of jobs in southern Ohio.”
In a story in the Columbus Dispatch, Sheri Anderson of Portsmouth, a USEC employee, said she had high hopes that during Obama’s visit to Columbus he would announce his administration had approved the loan guarantee.
“We’re just dying to get this project off the ground,” Anderson said. “We feel like we’ve just been hanging on.”
Portsmouth businessman Jeff Albrecht, operator of the Holiday Inn, hosted the president in 2008, while he was on the campaign trail, and was told then he would support the loan guarantee.
The ACP would, if completed, create 8,000 jobs — 4,000 of those in Ohio. If Obama does not authorize the loan guarantee and the project is shut down, 1,100 current jobs are forecast to go away.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met with John Welch, president and CEO of USEC Inc. last week. In that meeting, USEC briefed Brown on ACP and its near-term and long-term outlook. Brown said he pressed USEC on continuing its improvements with the ACP project as well as its commitments to the local workforce.
Brown said he came away from the meeting hopeful about the future and he said he is committed to continuing to work together with USEC as well as advocating for the ACP with the Obama administration.
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