CCAGW Encourages President Trump to be Cautious With Aluminum and Steel Tariffs

March 6, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) was pleased to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we applaud your continued efforts to grow the manufacturing base and increase American employment. We agree that modernizing trade agreements with Canada, Mexico, China, and other countries will help create new jobs here at home while generating new customers in the interconnected global marketplace.

It is for these very reasons that we are concerned about your announcement to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum. We concur with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) when he said, “Tariffs are taxes. So, lower is better, zero is best.”

CCAGW hopes that you will consider the unintended consequences of blanket tariffs, and that you will keep the administration’s approach on tariffs narrow in scope. We have every confidence that you can build off the dynamism that the tax cuts have injected into the U.S. economy, and use that momentum to continue energizing our workforce. However, we are concerned about adopting any policies that may undermine those objectives.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schatz
President, CCAGW

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