U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) Friday released the following statement after the White House announced a six-month delay in deciding whether to impose Section 232 tariffs on automobiles and automotive parts:
“President Trump’s decision not to impose auto tariffs in the coming days comes as a relief to millions of American workers and families who would bear the cost of a massive tax hike on cars and auto parts. I support the president’s goal of ensuring a level playing field for U.S. businesses and workers, but auto tariffs would be devastating to manufacturers in my district and across Indiana that make cars, RVs, auto parts, and more. Moving forward, the administration should make the Section 232 national security investigation report public and should not take any action that would threaten our nation’s strong economic momentum.”
Walorski has repeatedly called on the Trump administration not to put American jobs and economic growth at risk with costly auto tariffs. Last week, Walorski led a bipartisan group of 159 members of Congress in urging Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and President Trump not to impose auto tariffs.
In February, Walorski introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Trade Security Act, which would reassert Congressional authority over trade and tariff policy by reforming Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The bill would also redesignate national security threat assessments for Section 232 tariffs to the Department of Defense.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.