Stevens Leads Bipartisan Efforts to Support Auto Industry, Suppliers

May 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — This week, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) led two bipartisan efforts to support the U.S. auto industry and suppliers.

Congresswoman Stevens, alongside U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06), led members of the Michigan Congressional delegation in a letter to the Trump Administration requesting an immediate dialogue to support the auto supply parts industry in Michigan and across the country amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In the letter, the lawmakers highlight how auto suppliers employ over 125,000 Michiganders and have complex supply chain needs that require immediate attention. The members additionally requested that the Administration use its authority under the CARES Act to provide financial assistance to the auto supplier industry.

“Michigan’s 11th District is home to the most robust automotive supply chain in the country, and these critical businesses play a major role in our regional economy by employing over 125,000 Michigan workers,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “These businesses have struggled during the pandemic with the auto manufacturers at a stand-still for weeks. We must ensure that our supplier network is receiving the support they need during this crisis so our automotive industry can recover quickly.”

The letter – which was delivered to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin – was also signed by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) and U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Andy Levin (D-MI). The letter is supported by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

The full letter to the Trump Administration is available here.

Congresswoman Stevens also led a bipartisan group of lawmakers, alongside Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Van Taylor (R-TX), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) in urging House Leadership to support jobs and economic stabilization of the auto industry in future coronavirus relief packages.

Represented by manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and many auto affiliated businesses, the automotive industry employs roughly 10 million American workers – roughly 5 percent of private American employment. Annually the auto industry drives more than $953 billion into the economy through the sales, servicing of autos, and paychecks for workers throughout the sector, as well as income for auto-related small business, and government revenues. Historically, the vehicle industry has contributed 3 to 3.5 percent of America’s total gross domestic product and 5.1 percent of private-sector employment. 

“America’s motor vehicle industry must remain the heart of our nation’s manufacturing capability. The projected economic fallout for the industry is grave. Manufacturers moved swiftly to fill the desperate call for additional personal protective equipment and ventilators where they could. But sales are projected to drop as much as 30 percent for the year, from over 17 million cars sold in 2019,” the lawmakers wrote. “Given the enormity of the industry’s economic footprint throughout our nation and its significant legacy, we seek your assurance that an appropriate response will be included so that American workers in the automotive industry can help drive a robust recovery.”

The full letter to House Leadership is available here.