Today U.S. Congressmen John Campbell (R-CA) and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that they will co-chair the bipartisan House Automotive Caucus in the 113th Congress. By reaching across the aisle and working to build a coalition, Campbell and Peters are launching the Auto Caucus today with 46 members, though membership is expected to grow. Today's launch demonstrates growing support in Congress for American auto manufacturing.
"It is an honor to serve as the Republican co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus," said Rep. John Campbell (CA-45). "All but three states have at least 10,000 jobs in the auto industry, either directly or through suppliers, and hundreds of thousands more in sales and services. A strong, growing and competitive auto industry will spur major job creation and lead this nation out of recession. As a former car dealer and an unabashed "car guy', I'm excited to lead this important caucus forward along with my friend and co-chair, Rep. Gary Peters."
"I'm proud to co-chair the bipartisan House Auto Caucus because if we're going to continue growing the Greater Detroit region, we must continue working together to strengthen our auto manufacturing sector," said Rep. Gary Peters (MI-14). "A strong American auto industry means a strong American economy. In just the last year, the auto industry has added 111,000 good-paying jobs to our economy and we're committed to helping them drive forward in 2013."
Started in 1983, the bipartisan Congressional Auto Caucus works to advance policies that will help our American auto industry grow and create jobs because a strong and vibrant automotive industry is essential to our nation's economy. Today, the auto industry employs over 3.6 million workers in the manufacturing of vehicles and parts and retail trade. The industry plays an important role in economic development due to the interconnectedness between vehicle manufacturers, parts suppliers, and automotive retailers. Whether in the research and design facilities of manufacturers and parts suppliers, on the factory floor, or in the dealership showroom, this is an industry driving American economic growth and innovation.
Right now, over 8 million Americans are employed by auto industry, that's about 1 out of every 17 workers. The automotive industry supports many other sectors through the purchase of raw materials, equipment, and professional services. The industry has added over 111,000 jobs in the past year and has played a critical role in our nation's economic recovery.