Newswire : Rep. Sewell leads bipartisan letter opposing auto tariffs; Senator Doug Jones leads similar effort in Senate

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell  and Senator Doug Jones

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) led a bipartisan letter, cosigned by 149 Members of Congress, to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressing concern with the Section 232 investigation into the import of automobiles and automobile parts.  The letter highlights the auto industry’s importance to American working families and the nation’s economy and the vast network of international suppliers that the industry relies on to stay competitive. Alabama Senator Doug Jones is mounting a similar bi-partisan effort with Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to oppose tariffs on automobiles and automobile parts. “These tariffs will raise the price of cars to consumers and causes job losses in Alabama. We are particularly concerned that President Trump is using a ‘national defense’ pretext for imposing these tariffs when there are no national defense concerns involved,” said Jones “President Trump’s proposed auto tariffs would drive an estimated 195,000 jobs out of the United States and wreck Alabama’s growing manufacturing base,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “I’m proud to see Republicans and Democrats standing together in support of auto workers and against the Trump Administration’s reckless and isolationist trade policy. “In my home state of Alabama, the car manufacturing sector provides tens of thousands of workers a skilled job with good wages and good benefits. Rather than endangering those jobs through a trade war with our allies, we need to strengthen our trading relationships to better position U.S. workers in the global marketplace.” Economists estimate that a 25 percent tariff on all foreign automobiles and auto parts would cost 195,000 American jobs. Moreover, if countries chose to retaliate, as they have with recent tariffs, economists say that 624,000 American jobs could be lost. Alabama’s automotive manufacturing sector is approaching nearly 40,000 jobs and motor vehicle exports topped $7.75 billion in 2017.

Newswire : Rep. Sewell votes to end shutdown and to fund CHIP Continuing resolution passes House and Senate with bipartisan vote

 

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Congresswoman Terri Sewell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) funding and reopening the government through February 8. The CR will also reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including Alabama’s ALLKids program, for six years. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) voted for the agreement when it passed the House.

“Today’s vote to reopen the government and fund CHIP was an important bipartisan step forward,” said Rep. Sewell. “I am disappointed that it took as long as it did for Republicans to work with Democrats, but I am hopeful that today’s deal lays the groundwork for both parties to address some of our nation’s biggest challenges, from healthcare to immigration to care for our veterans. For Alabama families who depend on ALL Kids, for the men and women in the Armed Forces, for federal health researchers, for Alabama’s hospitals, and for all of my constituents, this legislation is a step towards future cooperation.”

“Today’s agreement is far from perfect. Congress must pass a budget with long-term funding that gives our federal agencies the certainty they need. A permanent extension of CHIP, rather than six years of funding, would have been more cost efficient and protected healthcare for children into the future. And today’s bill does not fund expired Medicare programs, reauthorize Community Health Centers, provide a solution for DREAMers, or address many of our nation’s other top priorities. With the additional time that today’s legislation buys, I will hold Republicans to their promise to work with Democrats on solutions to address these issues.”

Rep. Sewell has called on Republican leadership to extend CHIP and critical Medicare programs since they first expired at the end of September 2017. Rep. Sewell is also a cosponsor of legislation that would permanently reauthorize CHIP, generating an estimated $6 billion in savings.