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Sen. Sherrod Brown visits Lima, talks auto jobs

The American Cars, American Jobs Act was introduced by Brown after GM Motors announced that they would be moving production of the Chevy Blazer to Mexico, the same day that the second shift at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio was ended. The American Cars, American Jobs Act was introduced by Brown after GM Motors announced that they would be moving production of the Chevy Blazer to Mexico, the same day that the second shift at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio was ended.
The bill would also temporarily give consumers a $3,500 discount on cars that are made in America. The bill would also temporarily give consumers a $3,500 discount on cars that are made in America.

Local autoworkers, business, and civic leaders joined in a discussion with Senator Sherrod Brown about new legislation that could potentially help keep auto industry jobs in the country. The American Cars, American Jobs Act was introduced by Brown after GM Motors announced that they would be moving production of the Chevy Blazer to Mexico, the same day that the second shift at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio was ended.

The act would revoke a tax cut that auto manufacturers receive when sending their production overseas, something that Brown says is unfair to workers here in Ohio: "Why should they get a 50% off coupon for moving jobs overseas," asked Brown. "Unfortunately the tax bill that Congress passed earlier this year sets that up, and we want to simply turn that upside down and say that if automakers make their cars here they'll essentially get a tax break, but if they're making them overseas, they’re going to pay higher tax. I want to help this whole auto industry supply chain because these are good jobs, they bring a lot of wealth to the community."

The president of the UAW Local 1219 says that there are 1,300 members working at the engine plant that are concerned about their job security - so meeting and speaking with the senator about these issues, is much appreciated.

"Any kind of help, any kind of support that we can get from our local and state politicians, and politicians across the country, that will benefit us - that’s what we need, without their help we can’t move forward, and who knows our future will be if we don’t have that kind of support," said Mike Copeland, UAW Local 1219 President.

The bill would also temporarily give consumers a $3,500 discount on cars that are made in America.

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