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Senator Portman tours Toledo Jeep plant

US Senator Rob Portman (Source: AP Image) US Senator Rob Portman (Source: AP Image)

Senator Portman is set to tour the Toledo Jeep plant on Friday. 

Portman was already at the GM transmission plant on Thursday as part of his Ohio Auto Manufacturing Jobs Tour, pitching the benefits of tax reform.

More than 100,000 jobs and $13 billion a year of the economy comes from the auto industry, with threats of those jobs moving overseas.

Portman is is co-chair of the Senate Auto Caucus which provides a forum to exchange ideas and influence policy on issues affecting America's auto industry, such as tax reform, trade, transportation and technology. 

"We're trying to get the tax rate down where it's competitive with other countries and change the way we tax so we don't have these trillions of dollars sent overseas. Instead, you bring them back to America to invest in plants like this," Senator Portman said.

Portman says this will give workers higher wages and more jobs. 

The United States has the highest business tax rate in the world, which Portman says makes it less likely that business investments are going to be made here.

He said the tax code just needs to be simplified. 

"For the work force I talked to today, this is an opportunity for them to have a little healthier of a family budget, because right now, in Ohio, we've got some growth," Sen. Portman said. "But wages are pretty flat, expenses are up including healthcare, tax relief will really help in terms of insuring people have the opportunity to be able to get ahead."

Portman took the first tour of the plant, then got in a Jeep for a test drive.

He said he is very impressed with the work happening in Toledo, and wants to make sure these jobs stay in the Glass City.

"We've got the biggest one in the state right here, over 5,000 people work here. What is really exciting for me is since I came here last, they've moved to the new production line for the new Jeep and it's not out yet. It's going to be announced soon. It's fantastic that they chose this to produce the Wrangler," Portman said. 

Portman said he realizes how important this industry is to Ohio and wants to give it the attention it deserves. 

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