The issue of auto tariffs was first raised by Jones and Alexander in a letter sent to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in June 2018.
“Auto manufacturers and suppliers employ nearly 200,000 of our constituents, and that number is growing,” the letter stated. “These are good jobs employing American workers.
“However, as a result of the Department’s investigation, automotive companies are currently facing the threat of direct and retaliatory tariffs, which could mean hundreds of millions of dollars of additional costs. To absorb these costs, automotive companies in our state could be forced to either raise prices or cut costs. Either scenario directly translates into lost jobs for our constituents.”
Under the legislation proposed by Jones and Alexander, the ITC would be required to present its report to Congress and make policy recommendations based on the study---tariffs could not be applied until the final report is delivered.