Larsen Statement on U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Tariffs are the Wrong Approach” Report

Jul 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Tariffs are the Wrong Approach” report:

“Washington state is the most trade-dependent state in the country,” said Larsen. “I do not agree with the president’s approach to target China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union with additional tariffs and risk retaliation. Putting forward tariff proposals that threaten local jobs and the economic stability of businesses across the U.S. is not the right choice. Unfortunately, the victims of this tit-for-tat approach are local companies and the hard-working folks across Washington state. This report highlights the need for Congress to act and pass bills like the bipartisan Trade Authority Protection Act to impose Congressional Review of trade actions by the administration.”

The Chamber report outlines the state by state impacts of the administration’s new tariffs policy. Washington state is the most impacted state with more than 945,000 jobs supported by trade. The president’s new tariffs against Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union threaten more than $6 billion of Washington state exports.