Reichert Responds to Administration's Action on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

May 31, 2018 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Trade

Washington, DC - House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued the following statement regarding the Administration's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

"Addressing China’s unfair trade practices in steel and aluminum requires that we work in partnership with our close allies, including Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The placement of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from these key allies not only runs counter to our global efforts and harms our trade relationships, but also hurts American businesses, workers, and consumers who rely on these imports. I urge the Administration to continue the exemptions while working to conclude negotiations as quickly as possible with these close allies for a durable solution. It is also critical that the Administration improve the product exclusion process to ensure it is effective and transparent and gives U.S. consumers and companies access to steel and aluminum products that are not available domestically. The end result must be that Washington’s trade-dependent economy and its businesses and workers are shielded from retaliation and from tariffs on fairly-traded products."