A bipartisan bill that would make Harley-Davidson Pennsylvania’s state motorcycle is making headway, despite President Donald Trump expressing anger toward the company recently, the York Daily Record reports.
The House bill was recently moved to the State Government committee, but the company’s decision to move some manufacturing operations to avoid European Union tariffs drew anger from Trump.
Company officials have spoken out against tariffs, but Trump tweeted about how the company would be heavily taxed if they moved production.
A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end – they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
York houses the company’s largest manufacturing facility in the county, with nearly 900 employees, YDR reports. The company recently shut down a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, due to poor sales.
One of the primary co-sponsors of the bill, Rep. William Kortz II D-Allegheny County, said the movement of the bill may have been poor timing, saying it was not a shot at the president, YDR reports.