Trump’s Lordstown tweets and potential border wall funding sources earn ire of Sen. Brown

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With President Donald Trump coming to Ohio on Wednesday U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown was frank with his opinion on the President’s rhetoric and choices in several areas that impact Ohioans greatly.

Workers in Lordstown are off the job and Brown is not happy with the President’s tweets on the matter.

“We want the president on our side instead of attacking the workers and attacking the union,” said Brown. “I’ve been talking to the president for a year and a half about this. I’ve asked him to get involved.”

Specifically, he has asked Trump to change a single part of his tax reform bill from last year. According to Brown the part he wants to change allows manufacturing businesses to pay less in taxes by being located overseas than they would here in America.

“It’s just insane that our laws, thanks to President Trump’s tax bill; that our laws say you should move overseas, well you can pay lower taxes by moving overseas,” said Brown. “What an idiotic way to do business for a country. No country does it like that.”

He wants Trump to back the American Cars American Jobs bill that would take the money saved by getting rid of that tax break and put it into a program that would reduce the cost for people buying American made cars at the dealership.

Brown also had choice words about another decision that could be made should the President’s efforts to build a border wall move forward as is.

“This is a really bad idea to declare an emergency that doesn’t exist to take money from our national defense to build a wall the public doesn’t want,” said Brown.

An estimated $112 million dollars could be stripped from projects slated for military installations here in Ohio to pay for the wall, according to a list of military construction projects released by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan .

“He’s making us less secure when he is taking money out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, or the air base in Mansfield, or Springfield, or Toledo, or Youngstown, or [Camp] Ravenna,” said Brown.

Ohio’s other senator, Republican Rob Portman, as well and he is urging the administration to find the money for the wall somewhere else. His office sent his statement earlier today.

“I am a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s military facilities and research institutions and will work to ensure that key military construction projects at these strategic facilities can continue to move forward. I urge the administration to use money other than MILCON funds to fully protect important military construction projects in Ohio and around the country, including funding for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and a new fire station at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, an automated multipurpose machine gun range at Camp James A. Garfield, a fire station replacement at Mansfield Lahm Airport, a hangar at Toledo Express Airport, and a main gate relocation project at Youngstown Air Reserve Station,”said Portman.

Portman’s office also address the issues in northeastern Ohio with statements:

“Rob will continue to press GM executives to recommit to Lordstown, do the right thing by these workers who have given so much to this company, and bring new production to this plant,” said Emily Benavides, Sen. Portman’s Press Secretary. “Rob believes GM should have saved this plant because of the qualify workforce they have that is dedicated to producing great products.  The issue of corporate tax reform is entirely separate, as it is clear that GM’s decision to close the Lordstown plant had nothing to do with the new tax law. In fact, the opposite is true – GM no longer has a tax advantage to locate businesses in jurisdictions like Mexico due to our lower corporate rate and the reforms to our international system.  There was bipartisan consensus that we needed to reform our corporate and international tax system because it was uncompetitive and the U.S. was losing jobs and investment overseas.  Rob outlined principles for bipartisan solution on this with Chuck Schumer back in 2015.  The reforms in the new tax law are entirely consistent with the principles that Chuck Schumer and Rob outlined, and our tax code is now working to bring jobs and investment back into the U.S.”

President Trump will be in Lima, Ohio on Wednesday. He plans to deliver remarks at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.

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