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Press Release

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Statement on Status of China Trade Negotiations

February 1, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, following the second round of talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators on a deal to de-escalate the trade war, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman and former Congressman Charles Boustany issued the following statement. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a nationwide, grassroots campaign composed of over 150 trade associations from across industries.

“It’s not just the markets that are watching these discussions closely. American small businesses, farmers, retailers and manufacturers are watching these talks because they are the ones paying these tariffs. While it’s encouraging that progress is being made, the specter of continued tariffs or an increase to 25 percent in one month, looms large if you are a business or farmer. Not only does it mean money out of your pocket today, it means uncertainty in planning for the future.

 “We agree that trading partners should abide by the global trade rules. But broadly-applied tariffs aren’t the answer and they are making the problem worse for Americans. Next week, over 100 members of our coalition, including businesses, farmers and manufacturers from across the country will be fanning out across Capitol Hill  to press lawmakers to ramp up pressure to end the trade war. Their message will be simple: these tariffs hurt American businesses and need to end now.

“Our hope is that as these negotiations shift to a potential leaders meeting next month we will finally see a deal that takes tariff increases off the table for good, ends the threat of new tariffs, and brings an end to the crippling tariffs we are facing now.” In addition to the fly-in that Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is coordinating for next week, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland has also released a new ad on the impact of tariffs. The ad features the story of a non-profit that provides cribs to mothers in need across the country. The group’s executive director points out in the ad that tariffs are reducing the number of cribs they provide and “putting babies at risk.” WATCH HERE.


Melanie Lehnhardt ([email protected]

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