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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on Joint Address by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

April 29, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement today after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s address before a joint session of Congress.

“The relationship between the United States and Japan is important to both our countries. Today’s address to a joint session reflects that. However, the U.S. trade deficit with Japan, which is fueled by currency manipulation, the mother of all trade barriers, is significant and cannot be ignored. Its impact is felt by the working men and women of my district every day. The United States exports one vehicle to Japan for every 99 vehicles imported, and if this trade imbalance is not addressed, that number will continue to grow. I look forward to a continued dialogue with Japan as we work to craft a trade policy that protects our workers and levels the playing field. I cannot support anything less.”