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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Reckless Tariff Increases

May 10, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Ron Kind’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Reckless Tariff Increases

WASHINGTON – Today, the Trump Administration announced tariff increases – from 10% to 25% - on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, escalating the U.S.-China Trade War. China, the world’s second largest economy, has vowed to further retaliate against the President’s unilateral trade policies. Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: tariffs are taxes on American farmers, workers, and families,” said Rep. Ron Kind.

“Unilateral tariffs will not bring China to the negotiating table. Instead of a tariff hike, we need to work together with our trade allies to hold China accountable for their trade practices, and level the playing field for Wisconsin businesses.”

Since the Administration’s trade war began in March of 2018, Wisconsin taxpayers have paid $251 million in additional tariffs, and have seen a 30 percent drop in exports subject to tariff retaliation.

Rep. Kind serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. The committee is the most powerful - and the oldest - committee in the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction over trade and tariff laws, as well as many other economic growth measures.

Recently, Rep. Kind has introduced legislation to reassert Congress’s Constitutionally-granted trade authorities, and to establish a process that allows U.S. companies to request an exclusion from the tariffs imposed on Chinese imports.