In New Ad, Rep. Elissa Slotkin Describes the Consequences of Opponent’s Five Votes Against 5,000 Michigan Auto Jobs

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In New Ad, Rep. Elissa Slotkin Describes the Consequences of Opponent’s Five Votes Against 5,000 Michigan Auto Jobs

While Slotkin was pressing to pass the CHIPS Act and keep manufacturing in Michigan, Barrett was voting against a new manufacturing plant and thousands of good-paying jobs in his own backyard

LANSING, Mich.— Today, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin began airing her third TV spot, “Five Times,” across Michigan’s 7th congressional district.

The ad highlights Tom Barrett’s five votes against the $7 billion GM deal—which will support 5,000 good-paying auto jobs in mid-Michigan, including jobs at a brand-new EV manufacturing plant in Lansing—and contrasts his opposition with Slotkin’s belief that the next generation of auto jobs and manufacturing plants should be in Michigan. 

“The next generation of cars should be built here: in Michigan,” Slotkin says, pointing to the fact that the new factory will build EV batteries for EV cars. “That’s why I focused on bringing supply chains back from overseas and putting taxpayer money towards American companies—not China.”

Slotkin’s pro-job stance diverges sharply from Barrett’s record in the Michigan legislature. As Slotkin explains in the ad, “Tom Barrett voted five times to stop GM from building their new plant.” His vote against the GM deal was a vote against $7 billion in investment and 5,000 jobsincluding nearly 2,000 jobs at the new GM plant in Delta Township, part of his own district. A different vote, this one against a deal with Ford Motor Company, stood against $2 billion in investment and 3,200 jobs

He called the bipartisan agreements that created these jobs “corporate welfare.”

Slotkin ends by pointing out the consequences of Barrett’s votes: “Thousands of jobs. Gone.”

Slotkin has made securing American supply chains and rebuilding domestic manufacturing a priority during her time in Congress, which was a result of watching her district struggle with shortages and supply chain problems during the COVID-19 pandemic and co-chairing the Defense Supply Chains Taskforce with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) to look at, among other things, semiconductor chips. Since beginning that work, the congresswoman has been pushing Congress to focus on securing cheap, domestically-produced chips for our domestic manufacturing industries and military supply chains.

She is also a strong proponent of the CHIPS Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation that will secure much-needed semiconductor chips for American auto manufacturing and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in the industrial Midwest. Already, companies have begun to take steps toward building new semiconductor plants in the U.S. and in states like Michigan thanks to CHIPS. A bill Slotkin co-led, the FABS Act, was included in the final package. The CHIPS Act was signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday.

“Five Times” is Rep. Slotkin’s third ad of the cycle. Her first ad, “Work With Us,” highlights her national security background and her belief that our country is strongest when the American people work together. Her second ad, “Easier, spotlights her bipartisan efforts to reduce the price of prescription drugs, including the successful passage of Slotkin’s Real-Time Benefits Act, which was signed into law under President Trump.


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