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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Marino Statement on President Trump’s Tariff Authorization Proclamation

March 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s proclamation authorizing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum:  

“Today, President Trump announced his plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.  For years, China has engaged in unfair trade practices that have decimated the U.S. steel and aluminum industries.  These practices have forced once-thriving factories to shut their doors and lay off thousands of workers.  The President’s announcement sends a strong message that we will no longer tolerate foreign efforts to influence critically important industries in the United States.”

“These tariffs will undoubtedly bring prosperity to regions of the country that have been left behind by previous administrations.  President Trump has shown steel and aluminum workers that they are not forgotten and that they play a crucial role in our nation’s infrastructure and national security efforts.”

“It is important, however, that these tariffs be targeted against the true culprits of trade manipulation.  We should not punish our allies and risk slowing down our booming economy for the actions of a few rogue actors.  I am keeping a close eye on domestic prices and their impacts on manufacturers that use steel and aluminum in their products.  The President’s tariff plan should strive to foster fair trade for everyone and ensure that American industries can compete on a level playing field across the globe.”