Stabenow Introduces Resolution to Stop Japanese Discrimination Against U.S. Automakers
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, the Senate author of the CARS program (otherwise known as "Cash for Clunkers"), today introduced a resolution directing the Office of the United States Trade Representative to stop the Japanese "cash for clunkers" program from discriminating against U.S. automakers. Unlike the CARS program, the rebate associated with the current and planned extension of the Eco-Friendly Vehicle Purchase Program of the Government of Japan, is not open to buyers of U.S. automobile manufacturers.
"It's clear that Japan has no intention of modifying their "cash for clunkers' program, which discriminates against American automakers," said Stabenow. " That's why I introduced this resolution to urge U.S. Trade Representative Kirk to take action against Japan through the WTO, if Japan is not willing resolve this issue independently. Not only is Japan violating our international trade laws it is hurting our manufacturers and costs us American jobs. When we put together the CARS program, we followed international law and made it apply to all cars sold in the United States--not just American cars, which is what I would have greatly preferred. We can no longer allow the Japanese to intentionally exclude our automakers through unfair trade practices."
Under the resolution, the United States Trade Representative must continue to negotiate with the Government of Japan until the unfair and discriminatory measures within the Eco-Friendly Vehicle Purchase Program, as they are applied to imports of U.S. automobile manufacturers, are abandoned. If the United Stated Trade Representative is not able to obtain a satisfactory agreement with the Government of Japan, then the United States Trade Representative shall initiate consultations under the framework of the World Trade Organization.