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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O’Halleran Calls for Legislative Action to Halt Harmful Tariffs

July 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Chair of the Blue Dog Special Task Force on Rural America, called on House leadership to immediately bring up legislation to give Congress a check on this Administration’s harmful tariffs and reckless trade policy. O’Halleran also expressed his disappointment in the Administration’s announcement of an additional $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and called on the ongoing trade war with China that will continue to devastate rural communities that rely on agriculture and trade with international partners.

“Our rural communities are the backbone of Arizona’s economy, and they make up the very fabric of our nation. While much of their success relies on international trade, this Administration seems hell-bent on making it harder for them to get their cotton, beef, pecans, and other products to markets,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “This trade war between the U.S. and China and the escalation with our Canadian and Mexican trading partners are deeply troubling actions, and Congress must take real action to roll back unilateral trade powers that this Administration has used to hamstring our economy and hurt the American people. We must also lead an effort to bring together world leaders for a meaningful discussion on international trade before we take further action.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. Trade Representative announced a list of additional tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods. Additionally, China canceled an order for 15.9 million bushel of U.S. soybeans totaling nearly $140 million. In addition to the ongoing dispute with China, the U.S. is in an ongoing dispute with Canada, Mexico, and the European Union that are increasing the price of steel and aluminum products, meat and agriculture products, and manufactured goods.

“For the last five years, our ag producers have been struggling with low crop prices. These foolish trade disputes will only serve to drive those prices lower and increase the pain rural America is feeling. While we must fully support American businesses and ensure they are being treated fairly by our trading partners, these actions only serve to erode our international relationships,” continued O’Halleran. “The American people, and especially those living in rural communities, should not have to pay the price for the Administration’s “shoot from the hip” approach to international trade and diplomacy.”

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