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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.”

National Marine Manufacturing Association: “While the preliminary 10 percent tariff is better than the eventual 25 percent tariff, this silver lining is not a reason to celebrate. We go from feeling optimistic that China and the U.S. will hold meaningful discussions and deescalate the trade war on one day. But the next day, the Trump Administration announces that they are moving forward with tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese products – including fiberglass, inflatable boats, and trailer tires. Rather than moving us closer to a deal that will stop China from taking advantage of American companies, today’s actions and ongoing uncertainty are hurting U.S. businesses and putting our economy at an even greater disadvantage.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

Association of Equipment Manufacturers: “This extreme use of tariffs hurts our nation’s access to global markets and threatens many of the 1.3 million good-paying equipment manufacturing jobs our industry supports. To make matters worse, U.S. farmers are losing out at a time when their incomes are on the decline. It’s clear everyone loses in a trade war. This administration should be looking for ways to improve our trade relationship with China, not doubling down on tactics that only lead to continued retaliatory actions.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

American Chemistry Council: “There is no acceptable tariff rate for global chemicals trade with China or any U.S. trading partner. Only zero tariffs will maximize our industry’s potential to deliver innovative products to new regions and increase social, environmental, and economic sustainability around the world. Total chemicals trade between the U.S. and China has grown steadily over the years, and manufacturers in both countries depend on doing business together in order to stay competitive in the global marketplace.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

Retail Leaders Industry Association: “We are extremely discouraged by the Administration’s announcement to levy tariffs on millions of products American consumers buy every day. Tariffs are a tax on American families, period. Consumers– not China – will bear the brunt of these tariffs and American farmers and ranchers will see the harmful effects of retaliation worsen. We are disappointed to see that warnings from importers and exporters representing every sector of the U.S. economy have not been heeded with no time for mitigation.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

National Retail Federation: “We cannot afford further escalation, especially with the holiday shopping season right around the corner. The mere talk of tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports is of serious concern to retailers since tariffs of that magnitude would touch every aspect of American life. Achieving better trade deals is an important priority, but there is nothing better about it when American families are forced to pay higher prices for everyday purchases.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

Consumer Technology Association: “Retaliatory tariffs, whether 10 percent or 25 percent, are bad policy. We are especially concerned about retaliatory tariffs on printed circuit assemblies, routers and networking equipment. They will stifle our global leadership in 5G, create an internet tax on businesses and cause uncertainty for companies.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI): “President Trump’s decision to impose an additional $200 billion is reckless and will create lasting harm to communities across the country. China must change, but this is not the way to achieve the needed market access in China. More tariffs not only punish American consumers, manufacturers, and businesses of all sizes, they will also diminish the opportunity to negotiate with the Chinese and address longstanding trade issues. If implemented, these tariffs will have both short- and long-term effects on the United States – from increased prices at the checkout counter to decreased leadership on the emerging technologies that will shape our future.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

United States Council for International Business (USCIB): “As we have stated on numerous occasions, including the recent U.S. public hearings on these tariffs, American companies and consumers are already feeling the impact of earlier tariffs, in the form of rising costs and operational disruptions. The administration’s latest moves will only make matters worse.”… READ FULL STATEMENT

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.”


  • 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)

HOG FARMERS FACE OPERATING LOSSES THANKS TO TARIFFS. “Due to the increased supply of pork this year coupled with the tariffs placed on pork exports to Mexico and China, prices are expected to drop significantly. ‘They estimate that this will further decrease the price by about $9 per head,’ Doherty said. ‘So, we are already looking at some kind of a loss per head going into late 2018 and then into 2019. Basically, it’s making a bad situation worse.’” (“Excess Pork Supply, Tariffs Mean Losses for Illinois Pork Farmers,” WQAD8/6/18)

TRADE WAR THREATENS TO WIPE OUT ILLINOIS AGRICULTURE. “Brian Duncan, 53, a midsize corn, soybean and hog farmer with 4,000 acres in Polo, Illinois, already had been grappling with thinner profits. … If the tariffs remain, Duncan expects his sales over the next year to fall by $1.5 million in his hog business, about $400,000 in corn and $100,000 in soybeans. Duncan has 3,500 acres of corn and 500 acres of soybeans. And he raises 70,000 hogs a year that are sold to giant pork producers such as Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods. ‘The trade war has swung me from a half-million-dollar profit to a half-million-dollar loss,’ the 35-year, third-generation farmer says.” (Paul Davidson, “Boat Maker, Farmer, Auto Parts CEO Feel the Pain of a Growing Trade War Under Trump,” USA Today, 8/27/18)

ILLINOIS’ FINANCIAL HEALTH COULD BE AFFECTED BY TRADE POLICIES. “U.S. states worried about a negative impact on their finances from escalating trade disputes instigated by President Donald Trump are beginning to caution bond investors. Washington and Illinois, two of last year’s top five export states by dollar value, for the first time warned about potential trade-related consequences in documents for recent bond sales.” (Karen Pierog, “Trump Trade War Prompts State Warnings to Bond Investors,” Reuters, 8/27/18)

ILLINOIS FARMERS NEED ‘TRADE, NOT AID.’ “The U.S. Department of Agriculture will also buy up to $1.2 billion in commodities targeted by the retaliatory tariffs, and will spend $200 million on developing foreign markets for American produce. That’s not enough, say some farmers. ‘As soybean producers head into harvest, we need access to markets from trade deals and a stable Farm Bill, not short-term aid packages,’ said Doug Schroeder, vice chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association, in a statement. ‘More U.S. soy gets exported to China than all other American agricultural products combined. Market access and trade certainty support our families, our businesses and our communities. Short-term aid does not create long-term market stability. Producers need trade, not aid.’” (David Meyer, “‘Trade, Not Aid:’ Farmers Are Pushing Back Against Trump’s $4.7 Billion Trade War Bailout,” Fortune, 8/28/18)

TRADE WAR WILL CAUSE ‘IRREPARABLE DAMAGE’ TO FARMERS. “‘Trump’s trade war will cause irreparable damage to the farm sector,’ commented Jim Goodman, president of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC). … Of course, tariffs and retaliations are affecting all sectors, from metals and motorcycles to beer and beans, but farming is especially vulnerable. Indeed, China’s response to Trump’s $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods has already lowered prices for soybeans 15 to 25 percent. Illinois is China’s 3rd biggest trading partner, the state is a top U.S. soybean producer, and much of Illinois’ soybeans are exported – often to China, a viable market for decades.” (Bill Knight, “Illinois Farmers, Consumers Hurt By White House Trade War,” Canton Daily Ledger, 8/23/18)

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

CONTACT: Matt McAlvanah (Matt@TariffsHurt.com) or Melanie Lehnhardt (Melanie@TariffsHurt.com)

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.

The significant drop in value of our crops has led to an uncertain and unsustainable financial future. We would like to transition our farm to the next generation but find it impossible to make plans and are unsure as to how to proceed,” said Michele Aavang, who farms corn, soybeans, wheat and raises cattle.

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is backed by over 100 of the nation’s largest trade organizations that represent thousands of workers and businesses across the country. The campaign’s next stop will be in Nashville to hear from Tennesseans on the regional impacts they are suffering because of tariffs.

The campaign recently released an interactive searchable map (TariffsHurt.com) that allows users to find stories across the country of how tariffs are impacting local communities. Learn more about the campaign here, or read about us in the New York Times, Bloomberg, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TariffsHurt.



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.

“While we agree that there are issues that need to be addressed with trading partners, we also think that taxing American families and slowing economic growth is not the solution.  That’s why we have launched Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide, grassroots campaign that unifies American industry in standing up for our economy, our workers and the opportunities every American family deserves. Together, we will ensure that Washington understands the real-life consequences of tariffs for communities across the country. Our goal is to get the administration to end the trade war and return to creating opportunity through trade for American businesses, farmers and workers.”

Learn more about Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and the diverse group of trade associations supporting the campaign HERE. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland will be hosting town hall meetings in Chicago (9/18), Nashville (9/20) and Columbus, OH the following week.


CONTACT: matt@monumentpolicy.com or melanie@monumentpolicy.com

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.

American Spectator: States Warn Investors of Tariffs’ Effects

States are telling bond investors that the increasing trade wars stirred up by President Trump’s tariffs could have negative impacts on their financial bottom lines. In documents outlining recent bond sales, Illinois and Washington cautioned investors about the impact of tariffs. Reuters points out that those are two of the top five exporting states. Illinois, a state with a poor financial record, said the trade disputes could hurt the states’ agricultural and manufacturing industries, which are among the most robust such industries in the country.

Washington Examiner: Trade deficit jumped in July as imports soared, despite Trump’s tariffs

The U.S. trade deficit jumped in July as imports soared, despite President Trump’s attempts to change the balance of trade through tariffs. The increase followed China’s imposing retaliatory tariffs on the U.S., suggesting that the threat of a trade war is not quickly lowering the trade deficit. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the trade deficit grew 9.5 percent July to $50.1 billion, up from $45.7 the previous month.

Washington Examiner: Business groups urge Trump to pull back on China tariffs

About 150 business trade groups signed a joint letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Thursday urging that the Trump administration not go ahead with planned tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The administration is reportedly planning on instituting them as early as next week.

The Weekly Standard: Ron Johnson Talks Tariffs With Peter Navarro

The senator’s state of Wisconsin has been hit hard by the tariffs, as well as an array of retaliatory tariffs that other countries imposed in response on a variety of American products, such as Milwaukee-based Harley Davidson motorcycles.

National Review: The Executive Runs Amok

In characteristic fashion, President Trump proclaimed his new tariff package via Twitter. He boasted of the “massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China,” and then noted that they may cause Apple products’ prices to rise… Tariffs, after all, are a tax imposed on American buyers and manufacturers, not “on China,” and the price rises they cause won’t be limited to Apple products, but instead will be seen through the economy as a whole, including on products from industries that source their parts domestically.

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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