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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

September 14, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]

September 13, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Comedian joins dozens of media outlets discussing how American retail, manufacturing, technology and services trade organizations have launched a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign against tariffs Washington, D.C. – Last night, ABC late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel riffed that President Trump is facing “another brewing storm” following the announcement that 80 of the nation’s leading trade associations have formed a coalition to oppose the president’s disastrous tariffs and to highlight the benefits of free trade. The ABC comedian joined dozens of other media outlets that discussed how the new campaign is elevating the voices of American farmers, manufacturers, retailers, […]

September 13, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Senate Ag Committee Hearing Should Highlight Cost of Tariffs for Farmers, Manufacturers, Retailers, and Consumers QUOTE FROM MAX BAUCUS, FORMER MONTANA SENATOR AND AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, AND CO-CHAIR OF FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE: “Tariffs are causing widespread uncertainty and higher business costs across the country. From farming to manufacturing to retail, American businesses and workers are paying a steep price for the ongoing trade war. Consumers are feeling the pain too, as higher prices mean Americans are keeping less of their hard-earned money. The trade war is costing American jobs and each passing day means that foreign competitors are overtaking […]

September 12, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

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 […]