Opponents speak out against tariffs


National News

June 4, 2018 - 11:00 PM

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) at a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs hearing in 2017.

WASHINGTON (TNS) — The network of political organizations associated with the Koch brothers is planning to be even more aggressive in pushing the benefits of free trade, against President Donald Trump’s more protectionist views.

According to a statement of principles accompanying Monday’s announcement of a multimillion-dollar campaign, the Koch organizations will be pushing Trump to lift the new steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies, as well as the previous solar panel and washing machine tariffs. They also want Trump’s administration to reverse course on a list of new tariffs to be levied on Chinese imports.

“The Trump administration has taken some incredibly positive steps for the American economy, but tariffs will undercut that progress and needlessly hamstring our full economic potential. There are better ways to negotiate trade deals than by punishing American consumers and businesses with higher costs,” Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said in a statement. “Instead of pursuing protectionist policies that we already know don’t work, let’s help everyone win by expanding trade, opening new markets and lowering costs.”

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