WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by General Motors (GM) that it will be shutting down its facilities in White Marsh, Md.:
“Highly green and environmentally friendly, dedicated to building next-generation electric drivetrains and transmissions, and a plant itself that has been designed with an eye toward sustainability. These are the best descriptors for the GM Baltimore operation that has been a model of a modern, efficient plant with highly skilled workers representing craftsmanship, innovation and determination. It is for these very reasons that it is unfathomable that GM would shutter this operation so it could focus more on high-demand green and electric vehicles.
“For seven decades, General Motors has had a substantial presence in Maryland. It received incredible incentives to bring and maintain its current operations here. The company’s decision to turn its back on the community and its workers to move operations overseas is counter to the commitments that its leaders made.
“This news highlights the reality that our trade and economic policies have a real, human impact. I have serious concerns that the Trump tax bill created incentives for corporations to move tangible assets offshore and provides preferential treatment to income generated overseas. President Trump’s trade policies have hurt our workers and our businesses. GM workers – American workers – deserve so much better.
“Baltimore County’s GM workers have been nothing but devoted, hardworking employees. I’m proud of them. And I’ll never stop fighting for them.”