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United States : Heitkamp Statement on Administrations Tariff Plan

Mar 03, 2018 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) --

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp released the following statement on the administrations plan to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum, threatening North Dakotas agriculture and manufacturing sectors: North Dakotas economy needs a trade war like a cow needs a hamburger. 50 percent of North Dakotas exports to the European Union are agricultural and construction machinery, and 60 percent of our exports to China are agricultural products. The EU and China have both pledged retaliation against the U.S. if we impose arbitrary tariffs on aluminum and steel, putting North Dakota farmers and manufacturers in the crosshairs. This is an unnecessary and unacceptable risk to jobs and our rural economy, and its the last thing farmers need when theyre already worried about the administrations reckless posture on trade. Im fighting to strengthen rural America and give our farmers and manufactures more certainty, and I hope the administration will join me in that effort by reconsidering these misguided tariffs.

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