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US union groups await Obama's decision on car parts from China

WASHINGTON -- U.S. union groups early this year began a campaign to persuade President Barack Obama to clamp down on imports of auto parts from China, which they said are unfairly subsidized and threatened 1.6 million jobs in all 50 states.

Now, with the Nov. 6 presidential election fast approaching and votes on the line in the U.S. industrial heartland, the groups are looking for Obama to announce a decision soon.

“It's been basically seven full months. That's plenty of time to evaluate the merits of the case, and I do think the time to make a decision is now, absolutely,” said Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, which works with the United Steelworkers union.

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