AluQuébec - Aluminium

Déclarations publiques des élus américains sur les taxes

U.S. Senate

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman, Senate Finance Committee
My position remains unchanged; Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are a tax hike on Americans and will have damaging consequences for consumers, manufacturers and workers. We should build on our success in overhauling the nation’s tax code with complementary trade policies that, rather than favoring one narrow industry, make all sectors of the U.S. economy more competitive. In light of the mounting evidence that these tariffs will harm Americans, I will continue to push the administration to change course.

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture
Time and time again I have voiced my concerns on steel and aluminum tariffs and the damage they will cause across many sectors of the economy. Agriculture in particular is likely to face harm from retaliatory action and the uncertainty that comes with it....1/2

The U.S. and China must work to resolve these issues and provide our producers with open, fair and reliable markets. 2/2

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Starting a trade war will hurt NH jobs and economy. Canada is NH’s largest trading partner (14% of total exports) and EU countries like Germany are big markets for NH exports. Urge the President to reconsider this reckless decision. #nhpolitics

These tariffs will also undermine our nation’s key strategic alliances. Trump admin must avoid damaging these critical trade & security relationships

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Leahy on Trump Tariffs: President Risks A Scorching Trade War That Would Harm VT Producers And Worker

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Trade wars do not end well.

This is no way to treat our allies, Mr. President

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)‏  
Bad news that @POTUS has decided to impose taxes on American consumers buying steel and aluminum from our closest allies--Canada, the EU, and Mexico (with whom we run a trade surplus on steel). In addition to higher prices, these tariffs invite retaliation.

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
I don’t know about you, but occasionally I like to crack open a cold one on a hot day. President Trump’s aluminum tariffs may raise the price of beer, just as we head into summer—costing you more at the store, and hurting the U.S. economy.

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) 
About those new tariffs: Europe, Canada & Mexico aren't China. You don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. Blanket protectionism is a big part of why we had a Great Depression. "Make America Great Again" shouldn’t mean "Make America 1929 Again."

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 
California has borne the brunt of President Trump’s global trade war as countries retaliate with tariffs on our products. California farmers are being hit particularly hard.

The Trump administration is now announcing steel tariffs on our closest trade partners and allies. Almost 25 percent of the steel and aluminum imported in the United States comes through California’s ports, generating more than $4 billion in trade activity.

The president claims he’s acting to protect American jobs, but his misguided trade policies are instead endangering the jobs of thousands of Californians, from longshoremen and manufacturers to agriculture workers and construction workers.

President Trump thinks trade wars are easy to win, but unless he reverses course, it will be American consumers, workers and families who lose.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Today the administration announced it’s moving fwd w/ tariffs on aluminum & steel against Canada, Mexico, & the EU—all critical trading partners & customers of North Dakota goods. Unfortunate the administration has started a trade war w/ our allies that will harm North Dakota.

Rural America shouldn’t be treated like collateral damage & it’s insulting to expect hardworking farmers, ranchers, & manufacturers to bear the negative impacts of poorly planned trade policy like tariffs on aluminum and steel.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Eu­rope & Asia also have major concerns about #China stealing & unfair practices. But instead of joining us to confront China, our tariffs against them is making it easier for China to line them up against us. #BeSmart #BeStrategic

We have trade inequities with the E.U. that need to be addressed. But the threat posed by #China dwarfs all the other trade imbalances combined. Instead of opening up another front in trade disputes, we should be teaming up with Europe to confront China.

Senator Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Minority Leader
All of us who want to see a strong American economy hope that the actions yesterday won’t be used by the Trump administration as an excuse to back off on China - the number one predator when it comes to trade.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
“Imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on our most important trading partners is the wrong approach and represents and abuse of authority intended only for national security purposes,” said Corker. “If we truly want to level the playing field for American companies, we should be working with our friends and allies to target those actually responsible for tipping markets in their favor.”

Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Right strategy. Wrong target. The president and his administration have repeatedly and correctly stated that China’s non-reciprocal, mercantilist policies pose the biggest economic threat to America, our workers, and the U.S.-led global trading system.

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
I am very concerned about the Trump Administration’s approach to dealing with our allies. Trade wars cause U.S. exporters to lose market share and shelf space, which are hard to regain. Mexico alone is the number one market for Washington state apples, contributing more than $215 million to our economy and local wages every year. American apples make up 50% of the total apple market in Mexico. These tariffs put that opportunity in jeopardy, along with putting other U.S. exports to Canada and the European Union at risk. The Administration must resolve these disputes through negotiations.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Former Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
What’s lacking in all this bluster is a rational strategy. If there is one, I urge the president to share it with the American people. We need a long-term plan to tackle our economic challenges and protect American workers. Rather than steamrolling our allies and major trading partners, let’s see some diplomacy and real negotiating toward trade relationships that do not upend the global economy - especially the American economy.

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
I am concerned these tariffs will amount to nothing more than a tax on South Carolina families, and that in a global economy, there will be significant negative long-term ramifications on our economy from these sort of protectionist policies. I understand and appreciate the willingness to take on the dubious actions of countries like China, who constantly break and ignore the rules, but treating our close, long-term allies the same way is unproductive at best. My colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee and I will continue our conversations with the Administration on these issues, and hopefully we can agree on a solution that both helps American families and strengthens our ties with our allies. We have already made so much progress in the last six months between tax reform and regulatory reform, we must keep that momentum moving forward.

U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Kevin Bray (R-TX-8), Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
These tariffs are hitting the wrong target. When it comes to unfairly traded steel and aluminum, Mexico, Canada, and Europe are not the problem – China is. This action puts American workers and families at risk, whose jobs depend on fairly traded products from these important trading partners. And it hurts our efforts to create good paying U.S. jobs by selling more ‘Made in America’ products to customers in these countries.

I call on the Administration to continue the exemptions and negotiations with these important national security partners to find a solution and address the damage caused to American exporters. And the Administration will need to come to Capitol Hill to provide answers about the indiscriminate harm these tariffs are causing our local businesses.

In the meantime, the product exclusion process just isn’t working. I ask that the Administration step up its effort to greatly improve the product exclusion process to help American manufacturers.

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA-8), Chairman, House Subcommittee on Trade

House Committee on Small Business (Minority)
The President’s decision to impose new tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe, puts the United States in serious jeopardy of igniting a global trade war. In every corner of America, Main Street businesses, start-ups and small manufacturers rely on imported steel and aluminum to make their products. The President’s decision risks disrupting supply chains, potentially putting foreign suppliers out of reach and forcing them to raise prices and potentially lay off workers. Small businesses will also feel the pinch in the area of exports, should these countries retaliate. The President’s decision and the subsequent retaliatory tariffs will further steer small firms away from the global market, undermining domestic job creation and economic growth. It is imperative that the Trump Administration revisit these reckless moves immediately. The President may Tweet that ‘trade wars are good’, but America’s entrepreneurs know better.

Rep. John Faso (R-NY-23)
“These tariffs are going to hurt small manufacturers and their workers by raising the cost of their goods. I’ve visited numerous businesses across the district that make products such as aluminum window frames, aerospace components, outdoor furniture parts, and specialty metal components. All of these businesses will be harmed by the actions taken today. Additionally, these tariffs will invite retaliation against U.S. exports, particularly agricultural exports such as dairy and fruit. This is a short-sighted action which will hurt our economy and sow chaos among our allies and American manufacturers.”

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI-3)
Tariffs raise taxes on Americans. Economic protectionism and other forms of central planning harm our economy and erode liberty.

Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA-6)
I urge the Trump Administration to reconsider these actions and, instead, extend the exemptions while continuing to negotiate a way forward that addresses the trade inequities for American exporters. These tariffs put at risk the significant gains that working Americans and local companies have realized thanks to a more robust economy. American families and manufacturers should not be collateral damage in a global trading war. Today’s actions — and the inevitable retaliatory moves by these countries — will hurt working Americans, negatively affect our economy, and do not further the goal of fostering more equitable trade. Existing jobs & the creation of new jobs depend on the ability of U.S. companies to sell more American-made products and services. Mexico, Canada, and Europe are important allies and historical trading partners for #Georgia and the nation. I support President Trump’s goal to renegotiate agreements with our trading partners and champion the “America first” strategy, so that our farmers, businesses, and workers have a level playing field.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX-5)
I strongly disagree with the decision to move forward with the implementation of tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Mexico, Canada, and the EU under the guise of national security concerns. Protectionist policies typically are another version of crony capitalism with the government picking winners and losers. The Administration may be correct in claiming that the existing steel and aluminum tariffs have been helpful to some workers and jobs, but it’s hurt other businesses that use these metals. It’s going to be a tax on all consumers.

Rep. Hakeen Jeffries (D-NY-8)

While Dems fight for Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future #ABetterDeal, Trump Tariffs will undermine retirement accounts, raise prices and obliterate manufacturing jobs #ARawDeal

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5)
I wish someone would have cautioned the President on the negative impact his #TradeWars will cause. He is forgetting about the people who will be harmed the most! Every farming family in my district will be hit hard

New Democrat Coalition Statement

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13)

Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14)
At this time of economic growth, the last thing we should be waging is a trade war. 

Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3)
As I've said before, trade wars with our allies do not benefit Kansas workers, farmers and ranchers.

Kansas Ag producers who have quietly lost half of their income in the last 5 years are they exact forgotten men and women the President is trying to help. These tariffs do the opposite.

Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS-2)
While I support the president’s overall strong posture on trade negotiations, today’s tariffs on steel & aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the EU are disappointing. Retaliation from these tariffs puts Kansas manufacturers and farmers who rely on aluminum & steel at risk. (1/2)

(2/2) I urge the Trump admin to take a more targeted approach to these tariffs & maintain focus on bad actors like China. As a strong advocate of free & fair trade, I will continue working to ensure any trade negotiations produce favorable outcomes for KS manufacturers & farmers.

May 30: @RepRonEstes: More good news for #KS04: Bombardier recently unveiled a new jet which will be manufactured in part in Wichita, helping create 100 new jobs!

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3)
The consequences of this shortsighted decision will be widespread across WI, and will immediately threaten jobs in industries and businesses Wisconsin is proud of, like cranberries, breweries and manufacturers.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-2)
Spent some time this afternoon touring Valmont. I learned about the consequences of tariffs on the company’s costs and importance of trade through NAFTA. Also, I enjoyed hearing how tax reform enabled investment into Valmont’s growth! #NE02

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2)
The administration continues to unilaterally push forward w/protectionist trade policy not in U.S. best interest. Trade policy should be about setting strong standards, not targeting allies under false pretense & against the interest of national security

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5)
Retweeted NBC coverage of Orrin Hatch’s statement; signed joint New Democrat Coalition statement

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX-22)
While I respect the president’s goal of seeking a better trade balance for our nation, trade is critically important to our economy. I have substantial concerns about his decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs.

Additional Statements / Coverage

Pew: Americans are generally positive about free trade agreements, more critical of tariff increases

Business Roundtable: Dropping Steel, Aluminum Tariff Exemptions for America’s Allies Only Worsens a Self-Inflicted Wound on Our Economy

Farmers for Free Trade: Farmers for Free Trade Statement on Imposition of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the E.U.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: U.S. Chamber Statement on Additional Steel, Aluminum Tariffs and Quotas

Americans for Farmers & Families: Americans for Farmers & Families Statement On The U.S. Imposing Steel And Aluminum Tariffs On Critical Trading Partners, Allies

The Heritage Foundation: Tariffs Are in Fact Big Job Killers

Cato Institute: Steel Yourself as Trump Cuts Off Trade to Spite His Face

Over 146,000 Americans will lose their jobs because of Trump’s trade tariffs