Walorski Statement on Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Friday, June 15, 2018

Walorski Statement on Tariffs on Chinese Imports

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after President Trump approved tariffs on certain goods imported from China:

“President Trump is right to confront China’s unfair trade practices that stifle innovation and cost American jobs, but I am concerned these tariffs will harm our manufacturers, farmers, and workers. Any action must be narrowly targeted and balanced to avoid slowing the tremendous economic growth we’re seeing because of tax cuts and regulatory reforms.

“The administration must also implement a strong and fair exclusion process. It is critical that the mistakes of the Commerce Department – which has failed to provide transparency and due process to American businesses impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs – not be repeated.”

BACKGROUND

Congresswoman Walorski has led calls for improvements to the product exclusion process established by the Department of Commerce for Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs in order to reduce burdens on manufacturers and other small businesses. She sent a bipartisan letter signed by 38 of her colleagues asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to implement changes to streamline the process and provide certainty and relief to small businesses impacted by the tariffs.

After Walorski led 15 of her Ways and Means colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary Ross urging retroactive relief for companies that successfully petition for product exclusions from the tariffs, President Trump signed an order ensuring tariffs paid while a product exclusion request is pending will be returned if the exclusion is granted.

At a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Walorski pressed U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer on the administration’s response to threats of retaliatory tariffs that could harm American farmers, manufacturers, and other small businesses. She called on the administration to consider the impact retaliatory measures could have on small businesses and family farmers in Indiana.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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