Congressman Marsha Blackburn says the best thing lawmakers can do to bring a new car to Spring Hill’s General Motors factory is keep regulators out of the way. The GM facility has been idle since last fall, after the company moved production of its Chevy Traverse to Michigan.
At a meeting last night not far from the idled plant, Blackburn spoke with about 80 constituents; one asked how lawmakers might help bring a new project to Spring Hill.
Blackburn answered she wants to help manufacturers by forestalling any Cap-and-Trade law that would limit carbon emissions. And she railed against rising standards for fuel efficiency. Last week the Obama administration unveiled new rules forcing cars to average 35 miles per gallon by 2016.
Randy Curtis, a Spring Hill worker who is out of a job while the plant sits empty, backed Blackburn – he says lawmakers need to keep their hands off the industry.
“It’s not the government’s job to make jobs. In fact the government can’t make jobs. We probably have lost our job because the government’s involvement in the car industry has gone way too deep.”
GM received some $50 billion as part of the federal bailout.