Boozman: ‘Hold China accountable without holding our ag industry hostage’

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Statement appears aimed at Trump Administration

WASHINGTON- An Arkansas senator is cautioning against railroading our agriculture industry in exchange for holding China accountable with threatened tariffs.

I will continue to express to the administration how important it is to help ensure that our nation’s farmers, ranchers and producers do not suffer while we work to establish responsible, reciprocal trade with China and our other trading partners across the globe. – John Boozman, U.S. Senator, R, Arkansas.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement on China’s threatened tariffs and their potential impact on American agricultural producers:

“China refuses to play by the rules of international trade. As legislators, we have a duty to create policies that achieve a level playing field for American businesses. However, that can be accomplished without descending into a trade war. The escalation in trade rhetoric alone is negatively affecting markets and creating uncertainty, especially for Arkansas’s number one industry – agriculture. For the past five years, Arkansas farmers and rural families have been struggling with low commodity prices, high input costs and non-tariff barriers to trade. Now, retaliatory tariffs are part of that list. This amounts to kicking farmers when they’re already down.

“We can appropriately hold China accountable for its unfair trade practices without holding our agricultural industry hostage. I will continue to express to the administration how important it is to help ensure that our nation’s farmers, ranchers and producers do not suffer while we work to establish responsible, reciprocal trade with China and our other trading partners across the globe.”

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