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Today Marks Tax Increase for American Families, Farmers and Businesses

While Administration claims that Americans “will never notice” tax increases from tariff escalation, businesses expect price increases on everyday consumer goods

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released the following statement today as tariffs on $200 billion in goods and $60 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports take effect.  This latest wave of tariffs is a tax on everyday items that American families buy including food, furniture, travel goods, home improvement supplies, personal care products and more. The retaliatory tariffs also being imposed today will harm made-in-America exports including goods produced by our farms and factories.

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Tariff Pain Spreads Across Tennessee As Trade War Continues to Escalate

QUOTE FROM BRANDON WHITT, RUTHERFORD COUNTY VICE PRESIDENT, TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU: “Tennessee farmers are worried whether we can turn a profit and stay in business – not just for the next year, but for the next generation. Trade has given us the opportunity to expand to new markets and sell our commodities overseas, but tariffs are closing those markets off quickly. If the trade war doesn’t end soon, we could lose those markets for good and do permanent damage to farming and agriculture in Tennessee and across the country.”

FACING INCOME SLUMP, FARMERS NOW LOSING MARKETS TO FOREIGN COMPETITORS. “As China and Europe have retaliated against steel and aluminum tariffs levied by President Donald Trump with their own tariffs on U.S. goods, farmers have taken a hit. Tennessee soybean farmers have seen purchases from China stall, exacerbating the financial pressure from a five-year slump in farm income. … Soybeans were Tennessee’s largest crop in 2016, with exports totaling $422 million. China represents 30 percent of the U.S. soybean market, according to Tennessee Farm Bureau officials. Wells said China will likely turn to Brazil for soybeans or reduce the country’s intake with tariffs on U.S. soybeans.” (Jamie McGee, “Tennessee’s Soybean Farmers Favor Free Market Over Trump’s Aid,” Nashville Tennessean, 7/24/18)

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Tennesseans Worry Whether they can “Turn a Profit and Stay in Business” Amid Growing Trade War

Nashville Roundtable Highlights the Impact of Tariffs on Local Farmers and Businesses

NASHVILLE, TENN.—Today a group of Tennessee farmers, business, and trade experts met at Tennessee Brew Works to discuss how tariffs are inflicting major damage on local businesses. According to a recent report, up to $1.38 billion in Tennessee exports could be impacted by tariffs and as many as 700,000 workers in the state’s auto industry could lose their jobs. The event is part of the nonpartisan Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign, which is dedicated to highlighting the effects of the trade war on Americans across the country.

“Tariffs are nothing more than a tax on American farmers, businesses and families. While we support the administration’s goal of holding China accountable for their actions, more must be done to ensure that consumer and ag products remain off the tariff list to prevent harm to the heartland,” said Jennifer Safavian, executive vice president of government affairs for RILA.

Soybeans were Tennessee’s largest crop in 2016, with exports totaling $422 million. China represents 30 percent of the U.S. soybean market, according to Tennessee Farm Bureau officials.

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American Industries of All Stripes Voice their Concerns Over Tariff Escalation

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a campaign joining working families, farmers, manufacturers, retailers and small businesses across America today highlighted the unified industry concern over a new round of tariffs on $200 billion in goods. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released a statement yesterday on the tariffs that highlights how they will be paid for by working families.

Read the below statements from a diverse group of American Industries highlighting how tariffs will hurt them:

The Toy Association: “The recently-implemented $200 billion round of new tariffs will hit a cross section of our member companies with rising costs, while the threatened additional rounds of tariffs, should they come to pass, will almost certainly sweep up all finished toys and cause irreparable harm to toy companies of all sizes, particularly small businesses. Tariffs on toys and consumer products are nothing more than a tax on American families. Our children’s birthdays, holiday presents, and joy of play shouldn’t be a bargaining chip in an international trade war.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association: “The tariffs on roughly $200 billion worth of imports from China announced by President Trump on September 17 will serve as a tax increase on the American public and consumers by increasing the costs of a new car or truck and of maintaining the hundreds of millions of vehicles currently on the roads. MEMA is disappointed that the administration has elected to implement these tariffs and urges the administration to protect intellectual property in more effective and targeted means rather than broadly applied tariffs.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

American Apparel and Footwear Association: “We are extremely disappointed that President Trump has, once again, decided to impose a huge new tax on American consumers and manufacturers. During the public review process, AAFA and many of its members detailed the extreme damage this new tax will do to our industry, our nearly four million U.S. workers, and to every American family. It seems most of those pleas were ignored. Instead, today’s announcement shows a deep disregard for American businesses, American workers, and American families, who will be negatively impacted by this decision. This is a very dangerous game to play, one that will not end with a winner.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

American Petroleum Institute‎: “We understand the need to address discriminatory trade practices, but this policy will essentially impose a new tax on $200 billion worth of products on which American families and businesses rely.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

National Fisheries Institute “This tariff driven trade war continues to be a misguided strategy that will hurt U.S.-based seafood jobs and jeopardize important trade relationships. Americans who process seafood in Ohio will be hurt, along with those who portion it in Pennsylvania, deliver it in Minnesota and harvest it in Alaska.  Along with jeopardizing jobs, it’s a tax on Americans. Less employment in the seafood sector combined with higher prices for the product is a recipe for disaster.  The National Fisheries Institute calls on policy makers in both countries to negotiate an end to this before any more damage is done. Dueling tariffs continue to be a mistake.  There is an old saying; an eye-for-an-eye leaves the whole world blind. It is especially apropos now.”

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Tariffs Spread Pain Across Illinois Economy As Trade War Continues to Escalate

QUOTE FROM SEAN O’SCANNLAIN, PRESIDENT & CEO, FORTUNE FISH & GOURMET, CHICAGO, IL: “The trade war has created significant turmoil in the seafood industry, with tariffs causing price increases for the products we import and shutting off foreign markets for fishermen, lobstermen, and crabbers who make a living selling to international markets. Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and retailers across the country are faced with rising costs that lead to layoffs, while consumers are paying higher prices for everyday goods. Fair trade policies are important, but tariffs are hurting businesses and workers at a time when our economy could be expanding and creating more jobs.”

ILLINOIS BUSINESSES TESTIFY TO CONGRESS: TARIFFS DRIVE UP PRICES.

  • Homewerks Worldwide, Lake Bluff, Illinois: “…when we had this in wave one, we passed the price increase through and they raised the retail price. So, what this means is it will impact, likely impact, the lower-income customers buying our opening price point and commodity faucets and valves, and then they are most likely not to do a project.’ – Peter Berkman
  • Power Stop, Bedford Park, Illinois: “My point today is straightforward. The imposition of 25 percent tariffs on imports of brake rotors and brake pads will serve no role in accomplishing the objectives of Section 301 investigation but rather will simply harm individual auto owners who could least afford an unexpected expense and thereby quite possibly lead to more accidents, layoffs, and make roads less safe.” – Arvin Scott
  • Display Supply & Lighting, Itasca, Illinois: “A 25 percent ad valorem duty wipes out our gross profit margin. It would put us out of business.” – Rob Cohen (Gina Hebb, “Dozens of Retailers Testified About How Trump’s Trade War with China Could Impact Them – Here’s What They Said,” Markets Insider, 9/13/18)

TARIFFS LED ILLINOIS MANUFACTURER TO SHUT DOWN TWO FACTORIES AND MOVE TO MEXICO. “A storage safe manufacturer is reportedly planning to shut down two Illinois factories and move to Mexico in response to President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese metal imports. Stack-On Products will close its two Chicago-area plants in October and lay off 153 people, according to the Chicago Tribune.” (Avery Anapol, “Illinois Manufacturer Moving to Mexico Over Trump Tariffs,” The Hill, 8/15/18)

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Uncertain Futures, Industries in Turmoil: How the Trade War is Crushing Illinois Families

Speakers Participate in Chicago Roundtable to Highlight the Impact of Tariffs on Their Livelihood as Part of the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Campaign

CHICAGO – Today a coalition of business owners, farmers and consumers held a town hall to discuss how tariffs are affecting their bottom line. The event kicks off the nonpartisan Tariffs Hurt the Heartland’s campaign, which is dedicated to highlighting the effects of the trade war on Americans across the country.

The trade war has created significant turmoil in the seafood industry, with tariffs causing price increases for the products we import and shutting off foreign markets for fishermen, lobstermen and crabbers who make a living selling to international markets,” said Sean O’Scannlain, president and CEO of Fortune Fish & Gourmet. “Farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and retailers across the country are faced with rising costs that lead to layoffs, while consumers are paying higher prices for everyday goods. Fair trade policies are important, but tariffs are hurting businesses and workers at a time when our economy could be expanding and creating more jobs.”

Illinois is suffering across the board. Stack-On Products will close two of its Chicago-area plants next month and lay off 153 people because of the tariffs; their operations are reportedly moving to Mexico. Hog farmers in the state are seeing prices drop by roughly $9 per head, exacerbating an already challenging price situation. And row farmers are projecting hundreds of thousands of dollars of lost profits each. All sectors of the state’s economy—workers, consumers, farmers, small businesses owners—are suffering devastating losses. This can’t continue.

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Dangerous Tariff Escalation Hurts Economic Growth, American Families, Workers, Farmers and Businesses

Additional tariffs will be “paid for by the working families who drive our economy”

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a campaign joining working families, farmers, manufacturers, retailers and small businesses across America, today made the following statement on the administration moving forward with import taxes on goods Americans buy every day.

“These tariffs are going to be paid for by the working families who drive our economy,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Jonathan Gold. “Tariffs are taxes, plain and simple. By choosing to unilaterally raise taxes on Americans, the cost of running a farm, factory or business will grow. In many cases, these costs will be passed on to American families. Tariffs have already resulted in layoffs, and this escalation will continue to squeeze American businesses with higher input costs and American farmers with decreasing commodity values.

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ICYMI: Conservative Media Continues Coverage of Trump’s Harmful Tariffs

National Review: Riffs and Tariffs

Recently, the company has been hit first by Trump’s metal taxes, then by the general import taxes (which affected their parts supply), and finally by the retaliatory taxes on American imports levied by the Chinese government. The company’s travails serve as a good example of how government policy affects people on the ground — and as a cautionary tale about the ramifications of Congress’s granting the president unilateral power to make trade policy.

RealClearPolitics: Trade Deal — or Lack of One — Is Key in N.D. Senate Race

In the upper Midwest, the brisk autumn air has already signaled the annual harvest season. But farmers in North Dakota, where an election in two months could be pivotal in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate, are feeling another kind of chill: They fear that President Trump’s trade battles have created lasting obstacles to their livelihoods.

Townhall: If Trade Wars Are Good For Manufacturers, Why Is The Manufacturing Index Falling?

So, when the President took to Twitter and declared that trade wars are good and that they are easily winnable and that the US was built on tariffs, that was genuinely new information. He was a trade warrior, or at least a trade weekend (and late night) Twitter warrior. Manufacturers changed their outlook, apparently in response to this. They dialed down expectations.

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Leading Trade Organizations Join Together in Major Campaign Against Tariffs

Leading Trade Organizations Join Together in Major Campaign Against Tariffs

Farmers for Free Trade joins with Americans for Free Trade, a new coalition of the largest retail, manufacturing, technology and services trade organizations, in a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign against tariffs

“Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” will tell the stories of American families, farmers, workers and businesses who are being hurt by the trade war; Will kick off with events in Chicago, Nashville, Pennsylvania and Ohio next week

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2018 Over 80 of the nation’s leading trade associations representing thousands of businesses and workers today announced the formation of Americans for Free Trade a multi-industry coalition aimed at opposing tariffs and highlighting the benefits of international trade to the U.S. economy. This new coalition will immediately join Farmers for Free Trade, the coalition backed by the nation’s largest ag commodity groups, in a multi-million dollar national campaign called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. The campaign will focus on telling the stories of the American businesses, farmers, workers and families harmed by tariffs through town-hall style events, grassroots outreach to Congress and the administration, social media, rapid response and digital advertising.   

The campaign includes a geographically searchable map (TariffsHurt.com) that allows users to find stories of job losses, deferred investments, higher prices and other negative consequences for farmers and businesses in communities across the country impacted by tariffs.

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