DEMOCRATS VOTE AGAINST AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING JOBS
December 5, 2007
Posted by Matthew_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (11:09am ET)
During today's Environment and Public Works Committee business meeting, Senate Democrats defeated Sen. Inhofe's amendment to the Lieberman-Warner bill that would require the submission of annual reports describing the effect of this legislation on the automotive industry
Inhofe Amendment 13
The Lieberman-Warner bill will not only harm consumers by raising their energy costs, it will likely cost them their jobs. The respected consulting firm CRA International testified before this committee last month that by 2020, this bill will cause a net loss of between 1.5 and 3.4 million jobs.
Senator Inhofe is very concerned about the impact of this bill on our domestic automobile industry, which has endured significant job cuts over the last few years. The economies of several Midwestern states—including Missouri, Ohio, and Michigan, to name a few—are directly tied to the prosperity of this industry.
The Inhofe amendment is about protecting jobs and keeping our economy strong. It requires the Secretary of Commerce, a year after the bill becomes law, and every year thereafter, to report on whether this bill will cut 10,000 jobs in the automobile industry during the following calendar year. In other words, it gives us the ability to look ahead and see how people will be impacted.
If the report shows 10,000 jobs will be lost, then the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, must increase the number of allowances necessary to preserve those jobs.
How Committee Members Voted: (8-11, Amendment Defeated)
Senate Majority Committee Members
Sen. Barbara Boxer - NO
Senate Minority Committee Members