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Trade war


Trade tariffs impose a cost on products that cross a border, thus raising prices within the country that imposes the tariff. In 2018, President Trump began levying tariffs on China to force it into changing their "unfair trade practices”. But it wasn’t only China we imposed tariffs upon. Other nations including Canada, Japan, the European Union, India and Mexico have all been targeted. Solar panels, washing machines, steel and aluminum were among the first products tariffed, often for reasons of “national security”. China strategically applied its own tariffs on manufactured goods and crops produced in areas with large numbers of Trump supporters.

Advocates claim retaliation by trading partners, and the prospect of further escalation, pose significant risk the world’s economy. American consumers were hurt by higher prices, but our farmers were hit especially hard. There were 595 family farm bankruptcies in 2019, up 20% from the year before. By 2020, our Treasury had paid nearly $44 billion to bail-out farmers and help them overcome the effects of these tariffs. The trade war also significantly damaged the economy and industrial output of Communist China. The Coronavirus pandemic and the trade war are causing many American companies to shift supply chains to other Asian nations such as Viet Nam. Advocates claim these events could lead to a US-China trade decoupling.


Proposed Legislation: H.R.6124 - Assistance for Firms Harmed by Tariffs on Exports Act (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (IL)












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Poll Opening Date
November 22, 2021
Poll Closing Date
November 28, 2021


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