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Sen. McConnell (R-KY) Statement on Failure of Auto Legislation

from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Thursday, December 11, 2008

‘The sticking point that we are left with is the question of whether the UAW is willing to agree to a parity pay structure with other manufacturers in this country by a date certain… It is upon that issue that we’ve reached an impasse.’

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor on Thursday evening regarding the state of auto legislation:

“This has been a challenging exercise for everyone involved on both sides.

“We all remember, just a couple of months ago, we were called upon to rescue the American financial system. At the end of the day, after a few fits and starts, 74 out of 99 senators present thought it was a good idea to do that.

“It was a vote that we all proudly cast from our individual seats, and most of us supported it. It was a broad bipartisan vote supported by the two Presidential candidates as well.

“Now we’ve moved into a very tricky and challenging area and that is a sort of industry by industry rescue. And we’ve had before us the whole question of the viability of the American automobile manufacturers.

“None of us want to see them go down but very few of us had anything to do with the dilemma that they’ve created for themselves.

“And so the question was: is there a way out?

“The Administration negotiated in good faith with the Democratic Majority a proposal that was simply unacceptable to the vast majority of our side because we thought it, frankly, wouldn’t work.

“Into this breach stepped the Junior Senator from Tennessee who, I must say, has made an extraordinary impact in a very small amount of time. I’m hard-pressed to think of another member who’s been here such a short period of time who’s made such an impression on colleagues on both sides of the aisle by mastering an extraordinarily complicated subject and being able to explain it in a way that is understandable.

“And he has diligently pursued an agreement that could pass, that could enjoy broad support on both sides. And he has made great progress in that direction.

“The sticking point that we are left with is the question of whether the UAW is willing to agree to a parity pay structure with other manufacturers in this country by a date certain. And I understand their reluctance to do that.

“So far in the discussions that Sen. Corker and Sen. Dodd and others have had, they have not been willing to give a date specific by which parity could be achieved.

“It is upon that issue that we’ve reached an impasse for the moment.”

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