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Senator Mikulski supports auto workers

12.24.08

Dear Mr. Crockett:

Thank you for contacting me about the current state of the auto industry. It’s great to hear from you.

We need to do everything we can to save jobs during these difficult economic times. I am a champion of the jobs in the automobile industry. I don’t champion an industry. I champion the jobs in the industry. I will do all I can to save these jobs.

The American automobile industry is one of the biggest drivers of the U.S. economy. One out of every 10 jobs in America is auto-related. A collapse of GM, Ford or Chrysler, would cripple the American economy, given the huge network of suppliers, dealers, and other businesses and communities that would be affected. Already this year the U.S. auto industry has shed 110,000 jobs. In Maryland, approximately 500 jobs have been lost this year just due to the closing of automobile dealerships.

Next to the purchase of your home, the purchase of your automobile is your next big ticket. And if you buy a car, someone’s got to make them, someone’s got to sell them, and someone has to service them.

That’s why I’ve introduced legislation that would make interest payments on car loans and state sales tax on cars tax-deductible for new cars purchased between November 12, 2008 and December 31, 2009. For more details, visit my website:

http://mikulski.senate.gov/_pdfs/Press/autoownershiptaxamendment.pdf.

Knowing of your views was helpful to me, and I will keep them in mind as Congress continues to address the current state of the automobile industry.

Again, thanks for contacting me. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you in the future.

Sincerely,
Barbara A. Mikulski
United States Senator

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