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Sen. Lee Hawkins Condemns New Chinese Tariffs on U.S. Chicken

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Location: Gainesville, GA

Today, Georgia Sen. Lee Hawkins (R-49) condemned the Obama administration for failing to intervene in China's recent attack on North Georgia's economy.

China, seeking to impose heavy tariffs on the importation of U.S. chicken, announced they will assess duties of up to 105 percent on imported chicken from the U.S. The new tariffs are scheduled to go into effect on February 13.

"The poultry industry is a vital asset to Georgia's economy," stated Sen. Hawkins. "Our farmers and agricultural community depend on China and the world market to ensure a profit."

"These new tariffs represent a direct attack on U.S. jobs that will effect North Georgia's economy," explained Hawkins. "Right now, we need to be working to protect profits and jobs-these new tariffs will limit the ability of our farmers to compete."

"As long as President Obama and his administration continue to stand silently by, China will continue to act more and more aggressively," he added. "I urge Obama and Congress to take action now in protecting the U.S. poultry industry."

"When elected to Congress, I will join fellow conservatives in developing and implementing a strong, consistent and effective foreign policy," continued Hawkins.

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