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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O'Halleran Urges Speaker Ryan to Cut Recess Short, Address Trade War Concerns

August 2, 2018
Press Release

SEDONA - This week, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter urging Speaker Paul Ryan to cut the August recess short and call Congress back into session to address the Administration's reckless trade policies that have impacted American consumers, business owners, and ag producers.

"I have heard from producers across my district, and it is clear they are concerned this will increase the cost of critical inputs, while causing the price of exported goods to plummet, hitting these producers twice," O'Halleran wrote. "Congress has a responsibility to place a check on the Administration and its abuse of unilateral trade powers before it gets us into a devastating and costly trade war with our international partners. Rural communities should not pay the price for this Administration's "shoot-from-the-hip" approach to international trade and diplomacy."

O'Halleran, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, previously denounced the Administration's reckless trade policies and the impact they are having on farmers and ranchers in Arizona. He also sent a letter to Speaker Ryan earlier this year calling for a complete cancellation of August recess in order to address the issues impacting our nation.

"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," continued O'Halleran. "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."

Read the full letter to Speaker Ryan here.