For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kevin Lawlor

June 20, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement Following Commerce Secretary Ross’ Appearance At Senate Finance Committee Hearing

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, former Missouri state legislator and spokesman for AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative, after Commerce Secretary Ross testified at Senate Finance Committee hearing regarding the effects of 232 tariffs on the U.S. economy:

“I want to thank members of the Finance Committee for taking the time to assess the adverse impact 232 tariffs and trade uncertainty will have on American exporters and rural communities. Senator Pat Roberts and many of his colleagues rightly pointed out in their questioning to Secretary Ross that crop prices are already being impacted and trade uncertainty is resulting in our most important agriculture markets looking elsewhere for products.

“I recognize and appreciate President Trump’s commitment to protecting Americans’ interests through trade policies, but retaliation now poses a real and present threat to hundreds of thousands of domestic jobs and more than 7,000 agriculture jobs alone. The costs from retaliation threaten to unravel the economic and income security Americans have gained as a result of President Trump’s tax cuts.”