Senator Sherrod Brown to fight Lordstown shutdown

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says he's meeting with President Trump in hopes of joining forces to  fight the cutbacks at GM's Lordstown plant. 

Brown has authored the American Cars and Jobs Act, which would offer discounts to consumers who purchase vehicles made in U.S. plants. 

Brown says it would also end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs to other countries. 

United Auto Workers regional executive Rich Rankin, who worked at Lordstown is supporting the move, and is pledging to continue his fight to get General Motors to resume production. 

The automaker is pulling the plug on its Lordstown Assembly Plant. The 52-year-old factory is one of five to be shuttered as part of a massive restructuring.  Nearly 1,500 people will lose their jobs by March first. 

Ohio lawmakers have condemned the move, citing state taxpayers' role in the auto industry bailout and a recent federal tax cut.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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