Campaign 2010

Jun 19, 2009

Thad McCotter: No Friend To Auto Workers

 

Despite bipartisan support in both the House and Senate this week, Congressman Thad McCotter voted against funding for our nation's troops and the continued production of the Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle, which was developed, designed, and built in Sterling Heights, Michigan by members of the United Auto Workers (UAW).

 

"The truth finally comes out - Thad McCotter is no friend to organized labor," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "When it mattered most, Congressman Thad McCotter put partisan politics above supporting auto workers, securing the future of Michigan's manufacturing base, and providing cutting edge Michigan-built equipment to the brave men and women in uniform serving overseas."

 

The Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle was developed, designed, and built in Michigan.  This cutting edge military vehicle, which protects soldiers against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rocket propelled grenades, and a variety of infantry weapons, is a shining example of the technology and innovation that is the foundation of Michigan's manufacturing base.  Ensuring the continued production of the Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle not only guarantees our troops are provided with the necessary protection on the battlefield, but is vital to Michigan's economic recovery and the revival of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

 

The $312 million in funding for the Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle included in the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 will ensure continued employment for over 2,500 Michigan workers.  The Emergency Supplemental bill was passed by both the House and the Senate earlier, and is now headed to the President's desk for his signature.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Congressman Thad McCotter voted against $312 million included in the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 for the construction of the Stryker Medical Evacuation and continued employment of more than 2,500 Michigan workers. [H.R. 2346, #348, 6/16/09]

 

 

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