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Blue Collar Caucus Hosts Auto Industry Leaders to Discuss State of the Industry in America

February 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, members of the Congressional Blue Collar Caucus met with leaders from the domestic auto industry including representatives from General Motors and Toyota to discuss the state of the industry and related business, tax, trade and workforce issues. Specifically, Caucus Members discussed how best the Democratic Caucus can promote an economic agenda that supports American workers in this field given the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry today. After the meeting, Blue Collar Caucus Co-Chairs Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Marc Veasey (TX-33) released the following statement:

“The American auto industry is the bedrock of American manufacturing. It employs hundreds of thousands of American workers in good-paying jobs that support middle-class families across the country,” said Congressman Boyle. “But over the last few decades, these workers have been on the frontlines of the effects of unfair trade deals and economic policies that have put the American Dream out of reach for far too many. We in the Blue Collar Caucus are committed to fighting for these workers, and working with industry leaders to enact policies that allow auto workers to reclaim the American Dream. Today, we had the opportunity to learn firsthand from industry leaders what’s working and what’s not; what challenges they face today and what challenges they see on the horizon. As we fight for better wages and better jobs in America, we must hear from stakeholders across all industries, especially those upon which so many hard working American families rely. We thank Toyota and General Motors for joining us today and hope this discussion is just the first of many.”

“Manufacturing jobs are the foundation of a stable and equitable economy,” said Congressman Veasey. “The American auto industry is an important driving force for the creation and maintenance of over 7.25 million manufacturing jobs all across the country. This is why during today’s Blue Collar Caucus meeting with General Motors and Toyota, I was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss the importance of these jobs, the industry’s vision for the jobs they will offer in the future, and how to ensure blue collar workers are not left behind as our economy continues to compete on a global scale.  General Motors and Toyota play an important role in the North Texas economy, and I look forward to working with them and other important stakeholders towards building a workforce to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy.”

Current Members of the Blue Collar Caucus include: Marc Veasey (TX-33) (Co-Chair), Brendan Boyle (PA-13) (Co-Chair), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rick Nolan (MN-08), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Tim Ryan (OH-13), John Garamendi (CA-03), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Dan Lipinski (IL-03), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Brian Higgins (NY-26), John Yarmuth (KY-03), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Dina Titus (NV-01), Paul Tonko (NY-20), John Larson (CT-01), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Luis Gutierrez (IL-04), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Alma Adams (NC-12) and Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03).