For Immediate Release

Contact: Kevin Lawlor

April 12, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement Following Today’s Ways And Means Hearing On Impact Of Tariffs  

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF) today released the following statement from Casey Guernsey, a farmer and former member of the Missouri State House who leads AFF’s “Retaliation Hurts Rural Families” initiative, after today’s House Ways and Means Committee Hearing regarding the effects on the U.S. economy and jobs of the tariff increases related to Section 232 and Section 301 investigations:

“I appreciate the committee taking time to listen to expert testimony on the negative impact retaliatory tariffs will have on jobs and the U.S. economy, particularly with regards to the agriculture community. As my own written testimonial explains, China has become the largest customer for America’s farm products, buying well over $20 billion per year. Losing access to this important market will restrict access to millions of customers and billions of dollars.

“We recognize and appreciate President Trump’s commitment to protect American interests through trade and are thankful that the President is listening to the agricultural community and other associated industries. We need to roll back trade policies that close markets and work to modernize current trading deals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, which stands to help the rural communities that have placed their trust in him thus far.”