My colleagues and I have urged President Trump to rethink imposing tariffs on steel, aluminum, and other goods.
Now China, Mexico and several European countries have issued retaliatory tariffs that will negatively impact farmers, ranchers, dairy producers, and consumers across the United States. In Missouri, China’s 25% tariff on American soybeans will hit especially hard.
Missouri is a trading state: exports support 88,000 jobs across the state, and one of every three rows of crops is grown to export. It is abundantly clear that these tariffs will hurt good, hardworking families.
In both the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees, I questioned witnesses, including Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, about possible solutions to prevent a trade war. Maintaining free, fair, and healthy trade relations is crucial.
We must continue to address China’s predatory practices, as well as unbalanced trade agreements across the globe, while preventing the axe from falling on American families.