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Washington, D.C., [November 7, 2019] – Six months have passed since the Trump Administration proclaimed the auto industry a national security threat to gain leverage in international trade negotiations. In that time, uncertainty in the auto industry has grown while workers and businesses wonder if their products will be hit with a 25 percent tariff. With the Administration’s 180-day deadline almost here, the White House must decide if they will impose tariffs on the auto industry. 

Today, Driving American Jobs, a coalition representing the entire auto industry including automobile manufacturers, parts suppliers, dealers, parts distributors, retailers and vehicle service providers, is releasing the first analysis in a series detailing the threat Section 232 auto tariffs pose to local economies around the country.

The analysis, “Section 232 Auto Tariffs: Industry Impacts on House Auto Caucus and Auto Care Caucus Members States,” highlights what’s at stake back home for lawmakers who champion the auto industry.

Driving American Jobs is also distributing state-specific releases to local media for each member of the House Auto Caucus and House Auto Care Caucus. Those releases include a graphic with key information from the analysis. See an example of a graphic here.

The estimated damage Section 232 tariffs would have on the auto industry is well-known. As many as 700,000 Americans could lose their jobs while vehicle sales could drop by as many as 2 million units a year.  

We urge the champions of the automotive industry to continue to oppose Section 232 tariffs, which are a clear threat to constituents.

The Driving American Jobs Coalition comprises members of the American Automotive Policy Council, The American International Automobile Dealers Association, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of Global Automakers, the Auto Care Association, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Foreign Trade Council, and the Specialty Equipment Market Association.