Reports that General Motors, after being saved from bankruptcy by $15.4 billion in taxpayer-funded U.S. government loans, plans to sell cars imported from China in the U.S. by 2011 did not sit well with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
"What’s good for GM is no longer good for America,” said Sen. Brown in a press release. “This idea is a slap in the face to American auto workers and American taxpayers. If officials at General Motors think that U.S. taxpayers will finance cars made in China while American plants are closing, they’re either tone deaf or short-sighted.”
According to a USA Today report, GM officials have told members of Congress that the company planned to import 17,335 Chinese-made vehicles starting in 2011, growing to 51,546 vehicles in 2014.
Pointing out the now undeniable fact that the future of the U.S. auto industry depended on small, fuel-efficient vehicles, Sen. Brown said, “There is no excuse for GM to use taxpayer funds for Chinese imports -- not when there are American workers ready to build these cars and idled U.S. auto plants prepared to produce them.”