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Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch Speaks To Importance Of NAFTA & Tariff Retaliation

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch: “I Have Been In The Senate For 42 Years, And This Is One Of The Most Challenging Environments For U.S. Trade That I’ve Seen.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)

  • Hatch: “Long Story Short, American And Global Prosperity Through Free Trade And Open Markets Is A Project That Has Spanned My Entire Life. I Don’t Intend To See That Project Abandoned.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)
  • Hatch: “To Preserve The International Trading System That America Has Worked For Decades To Establish And Maintain, We Must Address Foreign Challenges Directly. At The Same Time, We Cannot Exacerbate These Challenges With Self-Inflicted Harm.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18) 
  • Hatch: “At The End Of The Day, There Is Little Difference Between Burdensome Tariffs And Suffocating Regulations – Both Are Unnecessary Government Intrusions Into Our Economy And Unjustified Burdens On U.S. Job Creators. And Putting Farmers And Ranchers On The Front Lines Of Retaliation – A Very Likely Outcome Of These Tariffs – Threatens Rural Communities Across Our Country That Are Already Hurting.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18) 
  • Hatch: “So, If This Is The Start Of A Trade War, The Only Casualties Thus Far Appear To Be American Manufacturers, American Farmers And Ranchers, American Families, And American Allies.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)
  • Hatch: “Congress Will Be Diligent In Performing Its Constitutional Duty To Oversee Trade Policy.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)
  • Hatch: “For Example, With Respect To NAFTA, The Finance Committee Has Monitored Closely Every Round Of The Negotiations. In Doing So, We Have Impressed Upon The Administration The Importance Of Ensuring That A Modernized NAFTA Reflects The Negotiating Objectives Set Out In The Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Law.  Achieving Those Objectives Will Be Paramount For A Final Deal To Gain Congressional Approval, Which Will Be Essential For A Modernized NAFTA To Become Law.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)  
  • Hatch: “Because The Constitution Very Clearly Assigns To Congress The Power To Lay And Collect Tariffs And To Regulate Foreign Commerce, Congress Must Have The Final Word On The Fate Of NAFTA. The Same Goes For Our Other Trade Agreements, And Congress Will Vigilantly Monitor Any Developments Concerning Them As Well.” (Senator Orrin Hatch, “Hatch Outlines Pro-Jobs, Pro-America Trade Strategy At BRT,” Press Release, 3/20/18)

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