Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator says it’s time for Congress to get moving on his legislation to boost the nation’s auto industry and blasted President Donald Trump fulfilling his promise to save jobs at General Motors.
Sen. Sherrod Brown’s legislation introduced in August would give customers a $3,500 discount on cars made in America and also seeks to stop tax cuts on overseas profits from automakers that move jobs overseas. The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.
Brown and Ohio’s Republican leaders are seeking ways to save the Lordstown plant near Youngstown that Detroit-based General Motors announced Monday it’s considering closing. GM announced the production of the Chevy Cruze would stop in March, halting work at the assembly plant that already had lost two shifts and 3,000 union jobs since the beginning of last year.
GM says five factories face possible closure.
Brown said Trump told Ohio workers concerned about layoffs that the jobs are “all coming back.’’ But said Trump rushed through a tax break that gave companies an incentive to send jobs overseas.