Brown Slams GM Proposal to Import Chinese Cars While Accepting U.S. Taxpayer Funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement upon reports that General Motors may begin to export vehicles from China to the U.S. in 2011:

“What’s good for GM is no longer good for America. This idea is a slap in the face to American auto workers and American taxpayers. If officials at General Motors think that U.S. taxpayers will finance cars made in China while American plants are closing, they’re either tone deaf or short-sighted.

“There is no excuse for GM to use taxpayer funds for Chinese imports—not when there are American workers ready to build these cars and idled U.S. auto plants prepared to produce them. Smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles represent the future of the auto industry and American companies must produce these vehicles in the U.S.

“These funds are meant to help rebuild our nation’s middle class, not dismantle it by shipping more jobs overseas. GM must commit to using them to maintain jobs and production at home.”

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