Alexander Statement on Administration Investigation of Automobile Imports

Posted on May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Administration announced it is launching a preliminary investigation into imports of automobiles and automotive parts into the United States:

“Forty years ago, I helped convince Nissan to build here what they sell here—they built a plant in Smyrna, others followed, and today one-third of Tennessee’s manufacturing jobs are auto related, 967 foreign based businesses employ more than 140,000 Tennesseans, and we have more than 900 automotive suppliers in 88 of our 95 counties. Tariffs on the imports of cars and auto parts will not put our workers first. By making it more expensive to build and sell cars here, they will destroy the thriving automotive industry that has been built by thousands of skilled Tennessee workers.”