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Rep. Pitts Opposes Taxpayer Handout to Auto Industry

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) released the following statement today after voting against H.R. 7321, the bailout legislation for the Big Three auto manufacturers.

Congressman Pitts' statement follows:

"This is a serious situation and a lot of American jobs are in danger. But the reason they are in danger is decades of overreach on the part of the United Auto Workers and poor decisions made by the management of the Big Three. If foreign car companies can set up factories and successfully build and sell cars in America, there is no good reason the Big Three shouldn't be able to as well.

Now, at long last, the car manufacturers appear ready to consider fundamental changes. These changes should be dictated by sound business practices not bureaucrats in Washington. This bailout will protect unions and empower bureaucrats, but I fear it will do little more than forestall the inevitable. I can't support spending $15 billion in precious taxpayer resources knowing they will most likely be back asking for more in the spring.

I am not comforted by the notion that a "car czar," an unelected bureaucrat, will essentially be running these companies. In fact, this bailout amounts to the nationalizing of the U.S. auto industry. This is not the proper role of government.

I drive an American car because I believe in American built products. I want to see these companies survive and I want to see these jobs stay here in America, but this will take restructuring, not a government bailout."

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