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Brady Statement on Tariffs Placed on Chinese Tires

September 12, 2009

Washington, D.C.- Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) today made the following comment on the President’s decision to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese tires: 

“In bowing to the pressure of the special interest unions, the President has imposed a new tire tax on working Americans  – many whom can barely afford to replace a tire as it is. 

“During this severe recession, struggling low and moderate income families will pay more for a necessity in life with no assurance any more U.S. jobs will be created as a result of the excessive new tire tariffs. In fact, this may just lead to more imports from other countries. 

“There is a reason American tire companies did not support taking this action.  This just hurts consumers”.