Walorski Statement on Section 232 Auto Investigation

Monday, February 18, 2019

Walorski Statement on Section 232 Auto Investigation

Commerce Department Completes Investigation into Whether Auto Imports Threaten National Security

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the Commerce Department completed its investigation into whether auto imports threaten U.S. national security:

“While I have not seen the results of the Commerce Department’s investigation into auto imports, I am concerned it could set the stage for costly tariffs on cars and auto parts. President Trump is right to seek a level playing field for American businesses and workers, but the best way to do that is with a scalpel, not an axe. Broad-based auto tariffs would lead to retaliatory measures by our trading partners, raise costs for hardworking families, and hurt local manufacturers in my district and across Indiana that make cars, RVs, auto parts, and more. I urge the president and his administration not to take any action that would threaten our nation’s economic momentum.”

BACKGROUND

In July 2018, Walorski led a bipartisan letter signed by 149 members of Congress urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross not to put American jobs and economic growth at risk by imposing tariffs on automobiles and automotive parts.

The members highlighted the economic benefits of the auto industry and warned of negative consequences if the Section 232 national security investigation into imports of automobiles and automotive parts results in tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions. A copy of the letter is available here.

Walorski recently helped introduce bipartisan legislation to reassert congressional authority over trade and tariff policy by reforming the Section 232 tariff process. The Trade Security Act (H.R. 1008) would restore fairness, transparency, and accountability to the Section 232 process, ensure these tariffs are only used when necessary to protect our national security, and give the American people a voice by strengthening congressional oversight.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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