Isakson: Consider whether tariffs on auto industry is a good idea


Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson is supporting legislation that would put the brakes on auto tariffs.

Citing an international auto industry that has created up to 69,000 jobs in Georgia in nearly two decades, Isakson says there may be a lot to lose.

He’s supporting a bill that would prevent the U.S Commerce Department from imposing tariffs on imported cars, trucks and auto parts.

The legislation would also call for a study to be done to determine the effects of tariffs in terms of increased manufacturing costs and even the loss of jobs.

“Tariffs could make it hard for businesses to decide to expand and force businesses into tough choices that may be unnecessary,” said Isakson.

He said proposed tariffs would be a setback to an industry in Georgia that has provided more than 7,000 new jobs in the last five years.

In late June, Georgia’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and urged the Administration to “consider the negative impact that tariffs on autos and automotive parts would have.”

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