Monthly Archives: November 2018


Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Signing of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

November 30, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

“USMCA is significant win for American farmers, but it’s a win that comes with a big caveat.” (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Brian Kuehl, Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, released the following statement on the signing of the United State-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign co-chaired by former Senators Max Baucus and Richard Lugar that amplifies the voices of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses that support free trade. “Signing USMCA is a significant win for American farmers, but it’s a win that comes with a big caveat. While USMCA offers exciting opportunities for […]

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Georgia Faces 35% Increase in Tariff Costs, According to New Data Released at Atlanta Town Hall with Farmers and Business Owners

November 29, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

As President Trump prepares for major meeting on tariff negotiations at G20, American small businesses in Atlanta share their stories of being hurt by tariffs ATLANTA, GA – A group of representatives from Georgia’s agriculture and small business communities joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to debut new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Georgia businesses almost $205 million in September. That represents a 35 percent increase in tariff-related costs since the same point […]

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New Tariffs on Christmas Lights Arrive Just in Time for the Holiday Season

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

As President Trump prepares to light the National Christmas Tree, businesses face higher tariffs on a holiday staple  10 percent tariff on the majority of Christmas lights sold in stores represents another tax on American businesses and consumers; Christmas light tariffs will rise to 25 percent on January 1st 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The majority of Christmas lights sold across the United States are being hit with a new tariff by the Trump Administration, stemming from the Section 301 tariff dispute. The import tariff is being paid by American businesses who import the product. Because there are no major American Christmas […]

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New Data Shows Washington State Businesses Have Paid $100 Million in Additional Tariffs; State Farmers and Exporters Have Also Faced Over $100 Million in Retaliatory Tariffs

November 14, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

SEATTLE, WA – Representatives from Washington’s agriculture, small business and global trade sectors joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Washington businesses an added $100 million since new tariffs were imposed this year. The data also shows that Washington exports have been subject to another $103 million in retaliatory tariffs thanks to ongoing trade disputes. These costs fall squarely on the backs of farmers, manufacturers, small business […]

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Tariffs Taking a Toll on Markets with ‘Rough 2019’ in Store

November 8, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON – The trade war is creating pain for America’s economy. Exports are declining, jobs are disappearing, and prices are rising for everyday items. Now, the markets are starting to react, and it’s becoming clear that tariffs are starting to take a toll on the underpinnings of the economy. As tariffs continue to hurt American businesses, workers, and families, the message from the markets is clear: the trade war needs to end before things get even worse. MARKETWATCH: ‘Stock market turns negative amid report that U.S. set to impose tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports.’ “U.S. stocks lost altitude and […]

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TARIFF TRACKER: New Data Shows American Businesses Paying Unprecedented Tariffs; Exports Subject to Retaliation Declining Rapidly

November 5, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        CONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com On imports alone, monthly Census data on calculated duties shows a $1.4 billion spike from Trump Administration tariffs actions; U.S. businesses paid $4.4 billion in tariffs in September Separate export data shows that once growing U.S. exports are declining because of tariffs; products subject to retaliatory tariffs declined by $2.5 billion, or 26 percent in September compared to the previous year (Washington D.C.) – New data released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and compiled by The Trade Partnership from monthly U.S. government […]

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President’s Visit to Tennessee on Sunday Highlights Sting Caused By Latest Wave of Tariffs

November 2, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Across Tennessee, Businesses, Workers and Families Facing New Taxes Thanks to Recent Trade War Escalation QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “The longer this trade war goes on, the worse it will get for Tennessee. Tariffs have already caused long-term damage to farmers who rely on exports to make a living. Their overseas markets are disappearing – possibly for good. Now we are seeing the negative effects throughout Tennessee’s economy. It’s clear that the trade war needs to come to an end before the pain gets any worse.” HEADLINE: ‘TARIFFS ARE HURTING TENNESSEE.’ “Mexico, Canada and the […]

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West Virginia Miners ‘Walking A Tightrope’ Amid Trade Wars

November 2, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “Tariffs have a sweeping impact that hurts businesses, farmers, manufacturers, miners, workers and families across West Virginia. As the trade war continues, the costs will only grow. Tariffs cost jobs, raise prices for everyday items, and make it harder for manufacturers and other businesses to keep their doors open. We need to end tariffs before the damage gets worse.” ALUMINUM TARIFFS WILL HURT WEST VIRGINIA’S VITAL AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. “Aerospace companies in West Virginia have an economic impact of over $1 billion per year in the counties of North Central West Virginia […]

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Missouri Continues to Feel Tariff Fallout Ahead of Trump Rally

November 1, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

QUOTE FROM ALAN WEBER, FARMER AND AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST, MARSHALL, MO: “Tariffs have already done significant damage to Missouri’s agriculture industry – and that’s just part of the story. Across the state, farmers, manufacturers, small businesses, workers, and families are facing increased costs, fewer jobs, and higher prices because of tariffs. Unfortunately, unless the trade war ends, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.” TARIFF EFFECT ON MISSOURI IS ‘NOT SUSTAINABLE.’ “’Definitely the tariffs are the biggest negative thing we’ve seen,’ said Adam Jones, a farmer from Old Monroe in Lincoln County. ‘It feels odd to see […]

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Former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany to Join Tariffs Hurt the Heartland as Spokesman

November 1, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Louisiana Congressman will help tell the stories of business owners, farmers and families hurt by the trade war as part of the growing nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: melanie@tariffshurt.com (Washington, D.C.) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs, today announced that former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany will join the campaign as a spokesman. Congressman Boustany is a trade expert with over a decade of experience working across party lines on trade policies in Congress, including on […]

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