Helena, AR (March 6, 2018) — Last week, President Trump announced his plan to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. Despite urgings from his own party members, the president insists this will boost our economy and promote a more competitive market.
Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas expressed concern that trading partners might respond by imposing tariffs on agriculture, which he said would "devastate our agricultural communities."
Arkansas’s Delta Farm Press has reported its concerns with Trump’s disregard for NAFTA and the detrimental effects these taxes could have on the global economy. They have urged those in the agricultural community to actively fight for the preservation of agricultural provisions of the trade agreement.
Make no mistake - I have worked with families in some of the most impoverished parts of the state and know firsthand what higher prices at the grocery store will mean for folks if farmers are hurt by retaliatory tariffs.
Congressman Rick Crawford has publicly applauded the president in his decision on the tariffs despite the looming threat of retaliation from our trade partners. Arkansas ranks first in the nation in rice production and has nearly 7% of the nation’s cotton crop.
Crawford, a self-proclaimed champion of Arkansas agriculture, should recognize the consequences facing the almost 50,000 farmers working to sustain life for all Arkansans and the rest of the nation. Our campaign calls on Congressman Crawford to walk back his previous support for the president’s proposed tariffs and stand with Arkansas farmers.
Chintan Desai, the Democratic nominee for Arkansas’s First Congressional District, will work to preserve the stronghold of Arkansas’s economy and promote sustainability by standing for farmers.