LORDSTOWN, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) continued calling on President Trump, Vice President Pence and the Trump Administration to take real, meaningful action to help Ohio autoworkers as the Vice President travels to Lordstown today. Despite multiple calls from Brown to Trump asking the President to intervene on behalf of Lordstown workers when GM closed the plant, President Trump didn’t take action.

Read more here about Brown’s efforts to push President Trump to do the right thing HERE.

“In 2017, President Trump told Lordstown workers, ‘don’t move, don’t sell your house,’ because jobs were coming back to the Valley. Then, when GM pulled out of Lordstown, President Trump didn’t lift a finger to help, while his tax bill gave GM a 50 percent coupon to ship jobs overseas. The people of Lordstown have watched the Trump Administration fail them from day one. They don’t need a photo op, they need action. President Trump should endorse my American Cars, American Jobs Act and back up his words with help for Valley autoworkers,” said Brown.  

Last month, Brown wrote to President Trump following recent comments the President made on a Toledo radio station about the importance of bringing back auto manufacturing jobs to the U.S. and building cars domestically. Brown is calling on President Trump to put his words into action by supporting Brown’s American Cars, American Jobs Act, which an expert witness said would ‘absolutely’ help American autoworkers and which the Toledo Blade editorialized  would “put America and American workers first.” 

Brown spoke with President Trump in November 2018 and asked him to support his American Cars, American Jobs Act, and the President said he liked the bill. Brown’s office sent a copy of the bill to the White House, but no action was taken by the President. While Brown has called on President Trump to support his legislation in the past and called on the President to do more to protect autoworkers like those who were laid off in Lordstown, President Trump has repeatedly failed to act 

Brown’s bill would benefit Ohio companies and workers throughout the auto supply chain. The legislation would put U.S.-made cars on equal footing with foreign-made vehicles and update the tax code to remove incentives for auto companies to offshore jobs.

Brown’s American Cars, American Jobs Act would:

  • Give customers a $3,500 discount when they buy cars made in America and a $4,500 discount if that American car is electric or a plug-in hybrid;
  • and revoke a special GOP tax cut on overseas profits for auto manufacturers that ship jobs overseas. The tax cut was included in President Trump’s tax bill.

Nearly 100 vehicles, including all passenger vehicles made in Ohio, qualify for the $3500 rebate based on the 2018 American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) list. Six of the nine U.S.-manufactured electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the AALA list qualify for the $4500 rebate.