Walorski speaks out against steel, aluminum tariffs on allies

Published: May. 31, 2018 at 4:20 PM EDT
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In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Rep. for Indiana Jackie Walorski came out against the new tariffs targeting American allies, saying they pose a threat to U.S. business and workers.

Tariffs announced Thursday morning target aluminum and steel imports,

– which represent three of the biggest trading partners with the U.S.

A 25 percent tariff has been placed on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff placed on imported aluminum.

The original tariffs, which were announced in March, came with exemptions to the E.U., Canada, Mexico and other U.S. allies.

“Imposing tariffs on our allies will do nothing to solve the problem of China’s unfair trade practices, but it will further raise costs for American manufacturers, hurt their global competitiveness, expose farmers to damaging retaliatory tariffs, and put American jobs at risk," Walorski said in a statement Thursday.

Walorski also recently asked that the product exclusions be eased for the steel and aluminum tariffs. She and 38 other members of Congress sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to streamline the product exclusion process.

She and 15 other members of the House Committee on Ways and Means also sent a letter to Ross asking that companies that successfully petition for product exclusion be reimbursed for the tariffs paid while the product exclusion request was pending.

President Donald Trump subsequently signed an order ensuring reimbursements of that nature would take place when an exclusion request is granted.

Walorski's full statement on the steel and aluminum tariffs has been reproduced below:
“Steel and aluminum tariffs are already doing serious harm to American businesses and workers, and this decision will only make matters worse. “Imposing tariffs on our allies will do nothing to solve the problem of China’s unfair trade practices, but it will further raise costs for American manufacturers, hurt their global competitiveness, expose farmers to damaging retaliatory tariffs, and put American jobs at risk. “The administration needs to work with Congress to fix the product exclusion process and find a more targeted, balanced solution that does not threaten to undo the economic momentum driven by tax cuts.”