COLUMBIA, Mo. — As the Administration prepares to escalate its trade war with another $200 billion in tariffs against China, more than 80 trade associations representing thousands of American businesses and workers have formed a coalition to fight back. In Missouri, the trade war has already resulted in millions of dollars in lost economic activity and hundreds of layoffs. A recent report found that the Administration’s new tariffs would impact industries in every single Missouri county. Despite the damage to Missouri’s economy, Josh Hawley has continued to support the tariffs.
President Donald Trump is about to get an earful from Americans hurt by tariffs.
More than 80 trade associations representing thousands of businesses and workers announced Wednesday they are forming a coalition called Americans for Free Trade and joining with agriculture groups to launch a multimillion-dollar campaign against tariffs.
…“Every sector of the U.S. economy stands to lose in a trade war,” said Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer of the National Retail Federation. “The stakes couldn’t be higher for American families, businesses, farmers and workers threatened by job losses and higher prices as a result of tit-for-tat tariffs.”
The anti-tariff campaign comes as the Trump administration is preparing to impose new duties any day now on another $200 billion in imports from China as part of a broader tug of war between Washington and Beijing.
…The trade associations launching the anti-tariff campaign represent thousands of American workers potentially impacted by the trade war, including toy makers, fashion designers, grocers, whiskey distillers, the petroleum industry and others.
…The campaign includes a geographically searchable map that allows users to find stories of job losses, deferred investments, higher prices and other negative consequences for farmers and businesses in communities across the country impacted by tariffs.
…“While we agree that there are issues that need to be addressed with key trading partners, tariffs are the wrong approach to bring about meaningful change,” the groups wrote in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.