Hoyer Statement on U.S. Decision to Challenge Unfair Import Duties by China

For Immediate Release:

July 5, 2012

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration's decision to challenge China's unfair import duties placed on American autos:

“I commend the Obama Administration for continuing to take a strong approach to enforcing trade rules in response to the unfair import duties China placed on American autos. When American products compete on a level playing field, we win – and our workers win. China is not playing by World Trade Organization rules, and today’s announcement is part of a continuing effort by the President and Congressional Democrats to ensure a level playing field for American workers and manufacturers.

“This announcement comes as new projections show that U.S. automakers could see their strongest sales in five years.  In 2009, while some said our auto industry should be allowed to go bankrupt, the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress bet on America’s autoworkers, and that bet has paid off.  However, if Congress fails to act on a comprehensive jobs plan that will create certainty for manufacturers to invest in new plants, new products for export, and new hires, we risk watching our recovery stall.

“That’s why Democrats continue to push our Make It In America plan to strengthen manufacturing and create jobs.  The Administration’s enforcement of trade rules complement the Make It In America plan and play an important role in ensuring that American manufacturers, including our auto companies, are competing on a level playing field.  I call on Republicans in Congress to work with Democrats to pass Make It In America legislation, and I thank U.S. Trade Representative Kirk for leading the Administration’s ongoing efforts to help our manufacturers compete in China and around the world.” 

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