INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO BENEFIT THE U.S. AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY AND PROVIDE JOBS FOR WISCONSIN'S MANUFACTURING SECTOR -- (Extensions of Remarks - March 09, 2005)
HON. PAUL RYAN
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2005
Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation that will benefit the U.S. automotive industry and help provide jobs for Wisconsin's manufacturing sector. Wisconsin has seen a net loss of more than 71,000 manufacturing jobs over the last five years, which is very troubling for a state with the second highest number of manufacturing employees per capita in the nation. Although the economy has improved significantly since mid-2003, many of our lost manufacturing jobs have not been recovered. Congress must continue to work to help our manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace.
Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, employs 2,500 workers in the state and thousands more throughout the country. As the world's largest producer of automotive interiors, JCI works to develop and produce seating systems, instrument panels, door systems, overhead systems, and automotive electronics. They are a leader in the production of electronic telecommunications systems for vehicles and have developed innovative voice recognition systems that are used by the major manufacturers in the U.S. automotive industry,
The microphones covered in this legislation are a key component of JCI's electronic telecommunications systems, However, they are not produced domestically and JCI must import them subject to a 4.9 percent tariff rate. By temporarily eliminating this tariff, this bill will reduce JCI's production costs and help them remain competitive against international competition. In addition, this bill will benefit U.S. automotive manufacturers who rely on JCI for their telecommunications systems, consumers who will pay reduced prices for these products, and hard-working Americans who are employed in the manufacturing industry.
I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass this legislation and help U.S. manufacturing.