Monthly Archives: September 2018


ICYMI: Tariff Pain Spreads Across Country as Trade War Escalates

September 28, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

With the latest wave of tariffs, the trade war is now spreading to every corner of the American economy. From agriculture to manufacturing to retail, American businesses have been hit hard by these taxes. Now the tax increase has spread to consumers with new duties on everyday items Americans rely on to provide for their families. Read more about Tariffs Hurt the Heartland’s efforts to highlight tariff pain across the country and the American businesses, workers, and families affected by these new taxes. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Town Hall with Farmers, Manufacturers and Retailers in Columbus, Ohio QUOTE FROM GORDON […]

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Ohio Businesses Express Concern Over Tariffs at Columbus Town Hall

September 28, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Ohioans Participate in Columbus Roundtable to Highlight the Impact of Tariffs on Their Businesses and Livelihoods COLUMBUS, Ohio — Yesterday a group of Ohio businesses, farmers and trade experts met at the Columbus Convention Center to discuss how tariffs are affecting local businesses. 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. Panelists focused on the broad range of Ohio industries and businesses that will be impacted by the new tariffs. Moderator Gordon Gough, President and CEO, Ohio Council of Retail […]

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‘Beyond Frustrated’ Ohio Farmers, Manufacturers, Retailers Feel Sting of Escalating Trade War

September 27, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

QUOTE FROM GORDON GOUGH, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE OHIO COUNCIL OF RETAIL MERCHANTS: “Tariffs are taxes paid by American businesses, farmers and families in Ohio. Retailers in Ohio have limited resources, so they won’t be able to simply absorb the cost of these new taxes. Instead, these costs will show up in the form of fewer jobs and higher prices for Ohioans. As businesses brace for the impact of this escalating trade war, they’re rightfully frustrated because American consumers and job creators shouldn’t be forced to pay for the unfair practices of our trading partners. There has to be […]

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‘Gut Punch’ to Auto Industry as Tariffs Kick Off ‘Downward Cycle’

September 26, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Trade War Spurs Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Economic Damage Caused by Tariffs QUOTE FROM FORMER SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MAX BAUCUS: “Tariffs hurt every corner of the economy and the auto industry is a prime example of how much damage the trade war can inflict on workers, businesses and everyday Americans who will end up paying more for cars. The latest round of tariffs is a tax increase that could cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs and cause long-term damage, not just to the auto industry, but to manufacturing as a whole – and that’s just the beginning. […]

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Today Marks Tax Increase for American Families, Farmers and Businesses

September 24, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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. “Americans are waking […]

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Tariff Pain Spreads Across Tennessee As Trade War Continues to Escalate

September 21, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]

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

September 20, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]

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

September 18, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]

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

September 18, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]

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

September 17, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

  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 […]

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