05/07/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/07/2018 13:56
In an effort to combat unfair trade practices committed by China, President Donald Trump directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to impose a twenty five percent tariff on steel imports and a ten percent tariff on aluminum imports on March 8, 2018. However, in retaliation, China imposed $3 billion worth of tariffs on more than eighty U.S. agriculture products.
Congressman David Valadao stated, 'Agriculture drives the American economy and is the backbone of the Central Valley's economy. Not only do the proposed tariffs fail to adequately remedy China's unfair practices, such tariffs seriously jeopardize our farmers' access to export markets, which accounts for roughly twenty percent of their production.' He continued, 'While advancing equitable trade policies between foreign nations and the United States is critical, implementing such tariffs will have a long-lasting negative impact on hardworking Central Valley farmers who are already struggling.'
The full text of the letter can be found here.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.