Neal Responds to Possibility of Trump Administration Easing China Tariffs

Jan 18, 2019
Press Release
SPRINGFIELD, MA – Today, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) released the following statement responding to reports that the Trump Administration may lift some tariffs on Chinese imports in an effort to speed the conclusion of trade negotiations with the country:
“As controversial as the China tariffs have been, this Administration does currently have the attention of China’s economic policy makers.  There is a unique opportunity now for the Administration, led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, to secure meaningful and significant changes from China in the way China competes in the global marketplace in technology, innovation, and future-oriented sectors like AI, big data, robotics, aerospace, and IT. 
“Reports that others in this Administration may be seriously considering settling for a quick and easy deal for some one-off commodities sales to temporarily affect the U.S. trade deficit with China, are deeply disturbing.  Anything less than a full effort to secure a fundamental reset of the U.S.-China trade relationship is a betrayal of the American economy and the future of American workers, industry, consumers, and innovators.  The Trump Administration needs to stiffen its spine and get tough in these China talks.”