For Immediate Release

October 15, 2013

Contact: Jordan Russell


Washington, DC, – 79 Members of the House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama highlighting the vast investment and hundreds of thousands of jobs created by Japanese automakers and international auto dealers in the U.S. The letter was led by Representatives Pete Gallego (D-TX) and Alan Nunnelee (R-MS).

Traditionally, when the Administration negotiates free trade agreements, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), various stakeholders actively and publicly advocate their positions amid the complexities of the issue. “We didn’t want the positive message of foreign direct investment to get lost in the debate,” said Nunnelee. “We wanted to remind the President of the significant contributions these automakers and dealers make to our nation’s economy each day. In Mississippi alone, Japanese automotive investment has created thousands of jobs.”

Over the past 50 years, Japanese automakers and dealerships have become a key component of the U.S. manufacturing and business sectors, investing more than $47 billion in nearly 30 plants around the country and creating 420,000 stable jobs.

“America has a proud history of promoting policies that encourage multi-national corporations to invest billions of dollars in our economy,” said Gallego. “U.S. workers have been the chief beneficiaries of that investment, including the 2,500 people in San Antonio who are building and selling new vehicles.”

Congressman Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi’s First Congressional District. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Budget Committee. This is his second term.
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