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InstaPoll: Trump's Tariffs

Dear Friends,

The President recently announced his decision to impose a tariff of 25% on foreign-made steel and 10% on foreign-made aluminum when brought across the U.S. border. There’s been a robust discussion over the past week about the potential costs and benefits of this new trade policy proposal.

Generally speaking, imposing tariffs in and of themselves could hurt our economy, hitting consumers with higher price tags in the end. In this case, Americans could see price increases passed down to them for products containing foreign-made steel and aluminum. Opponents also fear that imposing tariffs could inevitably result in a trade war in which other countries retaliate by levying tariffs on American-made goods. In the end, these folks argue that tariffs pose a tremendous cost to American consumers, jobs, and the economy as a whole.

On the other hand, those in favor of levying tariffs argue that they will put American businesses that manufacture steel and aluminum on a level playing field with foreign actors who don’t play fair. When other nations produce such commodities at a lower price – sometimes by way of human rights violations or currency devaluation – they flood the United States with cheap goods. When American businesses can’t compete with foreign competitors, they ship those American manufacturing jobs overseas. Proponents believe that these tariffs will allow the U.S. to rebuild its steel and aluminum industry. For instance, tariffs, they say, could help maintain our defense industrial base.

Given all of this, I want to know what you think. Do you support the administration’s decision to impose a 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum?

 
 


 
 

I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Your opinion helps me shape my thinking as I represent you in Washington.

Sincerely,


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