Portman, Levin launch bipartisan Senate Auto Caucus
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced the official launch of the Senate Auto Caucus.
The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Portman and Levin, will provide a forum for senators to exchange ideas and work to improve policy on issues affecting America’s auto industry such as workforce development, regulatory issues, safety, technology, and fuel efficiency. The Caucus hosted a kick-off event on Capitol Hill today with auto companies, associations and other groups.
"America’s auto industry employs eight million Americans and drives more than $735 billion into the economy annually," Portman stated. "I'm pleased to join my colleagues in promoting policies that will help ensure the auto industry continues to grow and thrive."
"Manufacturing is the path to the middle class for millions of Americans, and the auto industry is the heart of American manufacturing," Levin said. "The Auto Caucus will help us stay focused on helping advance the U.S. auto industry renaissance that is so important to millions of families and countless communities across the country."
The automobile industry historically contributes 3-3.5% of U.S. gross domestic product. Of the $1.7 trillion of value added to the U.S. economy by manufacturing in 2011, $76.5 billion came from the motor vehicle and parts industry. Additionally, the auto industry is a significant employer in most states, employing over 10,000 in 47 states and 100,000 in 20 states. Eight million jobs nationwide are directly or indirectly dependent on the auto industry, or about 4.5% of total private-sector employment. Leading in innovation, the auto industry employs nearly 10% of U.S. engineers and scientists that work in the private sector.
Members of the Senate Auto Caucus include:
Senator Rob Portman, Co-chair
Senator Carl Levin, Co-chair
Senator Sherrod Brown, Vice Chair
Senator Saxby Chambliss
Senator Joe Donnelly
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Johnny Isakson
Senator Claire McCaskill
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Tim Scott
Senator Jeff Sessions
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Along with the strong support of automakers, the Senate Auto Caucus’ efforts are also supported by the following auto associations:
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Association of Global Automakers
American Automotive Policy Council
National Automobile Dealers Association
American International Automobile Dealers Association
National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers
Automotive Service Association
Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association
Specialty Equipment Market Association