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New Data Shows Trump Administration Tariffs Cost U.S. Businesses $2.7 Billion in a Single Month, Exports of American Products Targeted for Retaliation Plummet 37 Percent

February 14, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

As President claims that billions are flowing into Treasury from tariffs, new data shows it is coming from American companies Monthly steel imports rise despite $426 million in added tariffs  WASHINGTON– Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide campaign against recent tariffs on American businesses, farmers and consumers, today released new data that shows American businesses paid an additional $2.7 billion in tariffs in November 2018 — the most recent month data is available from the U.S. Census Bureau due to the government shutdown. This figure reflects the additional tariffs levied because of the administration’s actions and represents a $2.7 billion […]

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American Workers Will Lose Nearly One Million U.S. Jobs if Tariffs Rise March 1, According to New Study

February 6, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

STUDY ESTIMATES THAT NEW AUTO TARIFFS AND TARIFFS ON ALL CHINESE IMPORTS WOULD LEAD TO 2.2 MILLION JOB LOSSES, COST THE AVERAGE FAMILY OVER $2,300 AND REDUCE GDP BY OVER 1% (Washington, D.C.) – Today, at a press conference with bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate, small business owners and farmers, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released a new study that warns of the further economic damage of an escalated trade war. The report, which was prepared by Trade Partnership Worldwide LLC, shows how increased and additional tariffs would reduce American jobs, the average American household’s income and the gross domestic […]

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Statement on Status of China Trade Negotiations

February 1, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, following the second round of talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators on a deal to de-escalate the trade war, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman and former Congressman Charles Boustany issued the following statement. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a nationwide, grassroots campaign composed of over 150 trade associations from across industries. “It’s not just the markets that are watching these discussions closely. American small businesses, farmers, retailers and manufacturers are watching these talks because they are the ones paying these tariffs. While it’s encouraging that progress is being made, the specter of continued tariffs or an […]

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At South Carolina Town Hall, Data Reveals Massive Tariff Costs for Palmetto State

January 31, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

South Carolina businesses have now paid an extra $126 million thanks to Trump tariffs  Most recent monthly data shows South Carolina businesses have paid $58 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than 7 times what was paid on the same products the previous year Tariffs have a direct impact on South Carolina: In October, South Carolina exports subject to retaliation dropped  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com  (Manning, SC) – Record-high tariffs have now cost South Carolina businesses $126 million, according to data discussed today at a trade town hall meeting in Manning. The data was originally released […]

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NEW AD: Non-Profit that Provides Babies With ‘A Safe Place to Sleep’ Says Tariffs Put Babies at Risk

January 31, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

New Tariffs Hurt the Heartland ad tells the story of how tariffs have caused a Pittsburgh based non-profit called “Cribs for Kids” to reduce the amount of cribs they provide to low-income moms across the country Cribs for Kids Executive Director Judith Bannon: “We never thought tariffs would affect us, but they do. President Trump says that China is paying these tariffs, but I see the cost on my invoices.” WATCH THE NEW AD HERE: https://youtu.be/m_yvCtvJUpQ (Washington, D.C.) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the national grassroots campaign against tariffs, today released a new ad that illustrates the economic and human […]

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The Markets Have Spoken: End the Trade War Before Damage Gets Worse

January 30, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States and China are meeting this week for a second round of negotiations as they work toward a deal to end the trade war. The dispute between the two countries has lasted for months and its developments have created turmoil and uncertainty for the stock market. Everyday Americans watch their 401(k) plans tumble when leaders indicate the trade war will continue to drag on. 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. NEW YORK TIMES: […]

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At Texas Town Hall, New Data Reveals Massive Tariff Costs for Lone Star State

January 25, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

Texas businesses have now paid an extra $1.1 billion thanks to Trump tariffs  Most recent monthly data shows Texas businesses have paid $364 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than 12 times what was paid on the same products last year   Tariffs have a direct impact on Southeast Texas: Port of Houston exports subject to retaliatory tariffs are down 47 percent in most recent month; exports not subject to retaliation rose 34 percent FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com  (Houston, TX) – Record-high tariffs have now cost Texas more than a billion dollars, according to new […]

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WATCH: Soybeans in Louisiana Rotting in Fields as a Result of the Trade War

January 18, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

(St. Martin Parish, LA) – Today, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released a new video featuring a Lousiana soybean farmer who was forced to leave his crop rotting in the field as a result of the trade war. Due to the administration’s tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products, soybean farmers in Louisiana and beyond are suffering the effects of China’s retaliatory tariffs on American exports.  “We’ve had hurricanes before where it destroys a percentage of the crop, but this time we left a good crop,” said Louisiana soybean farmer, Daniel Richard. “Like one of my fellow friends said, it’s pretty depressing […]

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Corn Refiners Association Joins Farmers for Free Trade

January 15, 2019 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: Uncategorized |

Today, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), the national trade association representing the corn refining industry in the United States, announced that it has joined Farmers for Free Trade. Farmers for Free Trade is a bipartisan campaign co-chaired by former Senators Richard Lugar and Max Baucus that is focused on amplifying the voices of American farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses that support free trade. Farmers for Free Trade is currently working at the grassroots level to organize and educate farmers about the importance of trade, including through work at state commodity conventions, through state proclamations, by reaching farmers through social media, […]

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Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Announcement to Hold Off on January 1st Tariff Increases

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       CONTACT: melanie@farmersforfreetrade.com (CHICAGO, IL) – Farmers for Free Trade Executive Director Angela Hofmann released the following statement today on the announced agreement to hold off on tariff increases on January 1st. Hofmann released the statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Convention where she is talking to farmers and ranchers about the importance of trade and the impacts they have felt from the ongoing trade war. “Any signal, even if temporary, that this trade war may de-escalate is welcome news […]

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