WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Dealers and auto parts distributors are sounding the alarm over a looming decision from President Trump.
They say up to 367,000 American jobs could be lost if the President moves forward with drastic tariffs on auto imports.
It’s a big concern for democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell from Alabama where the auto industry is booming.
“It will cause job loss. It will cause the price of cars to go up and consumers may not be able to afford them,” she says.
On Sunday, the Commerce Department submitted what’s known as a Section 232 report to President Trump. It was requested by the President to determine if auto imports pose a national security threat by undermining American manufacturing.
The President now has 90 days to decide whether to act.
“I love tariffs, but I also love them to negotiate,” Trump said.
Many republicans in Congress have so far supported the President’s use of tariffs as part of the effort to secure better trade deals.
But there is bipartisan opposition to the President’s threat to impose new tariffs. Representative Sewell filed a bill aimed at reining in the President’s tariff power and several republicans in the House and Senate signed on.
They want the Department of Defense to verify that national security is being threatened before the president can impose tariffs.
So far, details of the report delivered to President Trump aren’t being released, but lawmakers like Sewell are already convinced the President is overstepping his bounds