House Members Sent Letter to Obama, Praising Japanese Automakers’ Contribution to Economy

The Detroit News reports that 79 House members sent a letter to US President Obama, keen to bring his awareness (again) to the huge contributions made to the country’s economy by the adopted Japanese automakers – note, though, that none of the representatives that signed the letter were from Michigan.

The letter reads: “Congress and the administration must continue to foster a business climate that promotes the United States as a premier location for global companies to build, sell and export their products.”

One of its two authors, Mississippi representative Alan Nunnelee, added that “We wanted to remind the president of the significant contributions these automakers and dealers make to our nation’s economy each day,” and mentioned the creation of thousands of jobs in his home state.

The 79 members that put their signature on the letter want to smooth the transition into existence of a 12 country trade treaty (the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TTP) encompassing Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Mexico as the major players (detailed below), and others like Singapore as major export markets. It promises to open the US up to yet more imports, while at the same time allowing it and the other members to export more of what they have and bring in more of what they need, all at better tariffs.

Still, it’s not a done deal, as the same source reports that “Earlier this month, the 12 nations released a statement on the talks, but unlike prior communications, didn’t say they plan to reach a deal by the end of the year.”

Whether or not they are all keen on the idea, the US is now intrinsically linked with Toyota, Honda and Nissan all of which have extensive manufacturing, parts supply chain and dealership networks currently active in the States, which account for a the creation of a reported 419,000 jobs nation-wide. The number is so large, because for the forty-odd years that the Japanese companies in question have been present in the States, they have invested $47.1 / €34.4 billion and have built a total of 29 plants.

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References: Detroitnews

Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered Concept Has AWD, Does 0-100km/h In 4.3

The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered Concept matches a 400 hp sedan for performance.

Frankencar Alert: Chrysler 300 Tries To Become The World’s First Four-Door Challenger

While this Chrysler 300 / Challenger mishmash may not look good, the execution isn’t bad at all.

Bask In The Glory Of The Colorful McLaren 600LT Spider

The McLaren 600LT Spider might very well be the cherry pick in Woking’s current line of supercars.

Bugatti Divo Speedster Could Be $16 Million Worth Of Unobtainium

In the midst of the ultra expensive Bugatti hypercar rumors, the Divo has been imagined as a Speedster.

Mercedes Confirms SLC / SLK’s Death And We Bid Our Farewells

There’s no successor planned to the SLC, Mercedes-Benz tells Carscoops..

Lamborghini Trono Is A Cross Between Terzo Millennio And Huracan

Although it’s way out-there, it cannot be mistaken for anything other than a Lamborghini.

1989 Land Rover Defender Restomod Looks Cool, But Is It $145,000 Of Cool?

Land Rover Defender 110 finds new lease of life courtesy of extensive exterior and interior upgrades.

1,600 PS Porsche 997 Turbo By 9ff Gets Cooled By Ice Cubes Before Runs

Such a highly stressed engine generates lots of heat, but that’s an unorthodox way to cool it down.

Next Lexus IS Might Get Supra’s BMW-Sourced Straight Six

BMW’s B58 engine is already used by three models – will the IS be the fourth?.

Overfinch Claims Its Range Rover Body Kit Is “Minimalist”, We Beg To Differ

The parts are also available individually, but the technical composites are too expensive – and the carbon even more so.