WASHINGTON – Ohio lawmakers reacted with fury with General Motors decision to close its Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown with Sen. Sherrod Brown denouncing the move as “corporate greed at its worst.”

In a statement, Brown, D-Ohio, assailed the move, pointing out that billions of taxpayer dollars saved General Motors from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis while President Donald Trump helped major companies by signing into law last year a major reduction in the corporate income tax.

“Ohio taxpayers rescued GM, and it’s shameful that the company is now abandoning the Mahoning Valley and laying off workers right before the holidays,” Brown said. “Even worse, the company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs, choosing to build its Blazer in Mexico.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, spoke with GM officials Monday and said he was “deeply frustrated with General Motors’ decision,” adding that “for decades, workers in the Mahoning Valley have made a commitment to GM, and today GM let Northeast Ohio down.”

Gov. John Kasich said it was “painful to see this happen to the plant’s workers, their families and the community. We’ll work with GM to see if anything can be done to preserve a future for the plant and in the meantime we’ve set up a jobs center to help employees find new work as quickly as possible.”

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, called the move “a new Black Monday,” a reference to the closing of the Youngstown steel mills in 1977. He accused General Motors of turning “its back on us when we need them the most.”

“This is a bad combination of greedy corporations and policy makers with no understanding of economic development,” Ryan said. “I implore President Trump to keep his word when he came to the Mahoning Valley last year and promised jobs were ‘all coming back. They’re all coming back. Don’t move. Don’t sell your house.’ “

“So far, President Trump has been asleep at the switch and owes this community an explanation,” Ryan said.