TOLEDO, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Toledo workers Friday at UAW Local 12 to call on President-elect Donald Trump to keep his pledge to buy American products and hire American labor for his proposed infrastructure plan. In Cincinnati earlier this month, Trump said his infrastructure plan would: “Buy American and hire American.” Yet President-elect Trump remained silent as Republican House leadership stripped the Buy America reform from recent water infrastructure legislation, a provision that requires American-made steel and iron be used for certain tax-payer funded construction projects.
“American tax dollars should go toward American-made products that support American jobs,” said Brown. “Investing in Ohio workers is a good deal for the American taxpayer and that investment will create real opportunities for families and businesses in communities across our state.”
Brown was joined at the news conference by UAW Region 2-B Assistant Director Rich Rankin, UAW Local 12 member Makisha Richardson, and Toledo-area workers.
“American workers take a backseat to no one in skill, in grit, and in their determination to get the job done and get it done right. By buying American and hiring American, we highlight the strength of the American workforce and we signal to the rest of the world our commitment to quality,” said Rankin.
Brown joined U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in leading a group of colleagues in a letter to Speaker Ryan and other leaders in the House and Senate demanding they restore Buy America. Brown also introduced an amendment to restore the Buy America provision when the revised bill came before the Senate. The measure was left out of the final bill.
In October 2014, Brown joined workers, local leaders, and community members at United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 12 to launch a community effort to keep the Jeep Wrangler made in Toledo. That same month, Brown and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) wrote to Sergio Marchionne in support of Toledo workers.