WASHINGTON (WDTN) – The war of words continues as Ohio tries to move forward without GM, again. ON Wednesday Senator Sherrod Brown hit back after President Trump claimed he played a role in losing the Lordstown plant.
Senator Brown thinks there’s an easy way to reverse the trend of manufacturing plants shutting down: he wants President Trump to end tax cuts for companies that move overseas, and he wants him to support his “American Cars American Jobs” act. But that may be a long shot, and it may be too late.
Senator Brown says, “We know from what happened in Moraine a decade ago, we know the damage it does to a community.” He remembers the sting, days after President Trump blamed him in part for GM’s decision to leave Ohio. “The president loves to blame everybody else. He promised this wouldn’t happen, it happened. It’s worse than he promised.”
Brown’s “American Cars American Jobs” act would incentivize consumers to buy American-made cars, and he’s urging the president to rethink his tax plan. “The president made these promises that no plants would close and these jobs would come back from Mexico.”
But right before the November 2016 election then-candidate Trump said, “If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant. You’ll have plants coming into this country, you’re going to have jobs again.”
Senator Brown says, “The only way I can see that he can honor that promise is to change these tax laws.”
Republican Senator Rob Portman hopes this isn’t the end, saying on CNBC Wednesday morning: “We’re going to fight for it. And we’re going to do everything we can to ensure that General Motors makes a decision to continue to invest in Ohio. Ohio’s been good to General Motors, and General Motors ought to stay in Ohio.”
Despite little progress, Senator Brown is hopeful the president will be flexible: “I talked to the president for months, trying to get him to pay attention to GM. He has ignored those conversations and my requests.”