Gallagher Addresses Tariffs with U.S. Trade Representative
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Rep. Mike Gallagher sat down with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to address trade issues and their impact on Northeast Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers, and families. In addition to addressing unfair trade practices by China and threats to our dairy industry, they also discussed the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The U.S. Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries.
Following the meeting, Rep. Gallagher released the following statement:
“Today I met with Ambassador Robert Lighthizer to share directly the concerns our farmers and manufacturers have over the state of tariffs and trade in the U.S. During our meeting, I urged the administration to re-consider any policy changes that risk forcing great Wisconsin companies, like Harley Davidson, to produce less in our state and more overseas. I also urged Ambassador Lighthizer to continue pushing Canada to get rid of its unfair trade barriers on our dairy products.
The health of our economy in the 8th District depends on local farmers and manufacturers being able to sell their goods abroad and on a level-playing field. This is why we should be working with our allies to open markets and get tough on countries like China who continue to cheat the system.
Today’s conversation is just one of many that I will be having with the administration, and my colleagues in Congress, to help prevent Northeast Wisconsin from getting caught in the crossfire of any trade disputes.”
Click here for a video of Rep. Gallagher discussing today’s meeting.