Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), co-chairs of the Senate Auto Caucus, hosted a Caucus kickoff event for the 114th Congress. Portman and Brown delivered remarks regarding their work to improve policy on issues affecting America's auto industry.  According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, eight million workers and their families depend on the auto industry nationwide, which generates $500 billion in paychecks.

“America’s auto industry employs eight million Americans and drives more than $735 billion into the economy annually,” Portman stated. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues in hosting the Auto Caucus kickoff event, and look forward to promoting policies that will help ensure the auto industry continues to grow and thrive.”

“Auto jobs are the heart of our manufacturing industry in Ohio and across the United States,” said Brown. “We know manufacturing jobs support our economy – with every dollar invested in manufacturing adding $1.48 to our economy. By investing in our automotive industry, we support working families and give more workers an opportunity join our middle class.”