White House is calling on GM to rethink its decision to lay off thousands of employees

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Nexstar)- The White House is calling on General Motors to rethink its decision to lay off thousands of employees.GM announced Monday it plans to cut 15 percent of its salaried staff.

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow says President Trump is angry over General Motors’ decision to close factories in three states, cutting thousands of U.S.  jobs.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says GM has plenty of money after Republicans passed corporate tax cuts last year.

“The American worker needs more from President Trump than empty rhetoric,” Schumer said.

Lawmakers from Michigan, Ohio, and Maryland are calling on GM to rethink its decision.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says Congress can do more too.

Brown wants lawmakers to pass his bill “the American car, American jobs act”.

The bill would roll back tax cuts that helped companies move jobs overseas.

“It cancels the 50 percent coupon off their taxes, and it provides incentives to hire American workers in the United States,” Sen. Brown said.

The United Auto Workers wants lawmakers to pressure GM

The UAW group posted this video on Facebook Monday.

“It’s time to tell General Motors they need to build product where they sell product, ” said UAW Vice President, Director GM Department Terry Dittes.

The White House says it spoke with GM’s CEO about the decision and discussions remain ongoing.

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