WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) issued statements regarding today’s announcement of Section 301 action by the Trump Administration toward China.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said:
“With this announcement, it’s clear the escalating trade dispute with China will go one of two ways – a long, multi-year trade war between the two largest economies in the world that engulfs more and more of the globe, or a deliberate decision by President Trump and President Xi to meet and begin crafting an agreement that levels the playing field between China and the U.S. for local farmers, workers, and businesses.
“Despite the serious economic consequences of ever-increasing tariffs, today there are no serious trade discussions occurring between the U.S. and China, no plans for trade negotiations anytime soon, and seemingly little action toward a solution.
“It’s time to take the first step into a new era of fair and free trade. I strongly urge President Trump and President Xi to meet soon face-to-face to craft a solution to establish fair and lasting trade between our two countries.”
Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) added:
“American farmers, workers, and consumers are already hurting because of the placement of tariffs on certain imports from China. I strongly disagree with the Administration’s plan to place tariffs on additional goods, resulting in higher prices here at home for American families and less sales abroad for American workers and farmers as markets are closed to American-made goods through retaliation. I am committed to working with the Administration to address China’s theft of American technology and intellectual property in a way that targets the problem and does not further harm communities across America.”