Hare Statement on Obama Administration's Action on China Trade
Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL), a member of the House Trade Working Group, today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's decision to impose a 35 percent tariff on tires imported from China.
In July of 2008, Hare testified before the International Trade Commission in support of a petition by Titan Tire Corporation of Quincy, IL and the United Steelworkers for trade remedies to provide relief to the domestic tire industry from illegally dumped and subsidized Chinese tires. Hare also signed a letter to President Obama last week calling on him to enforce the law regarding Chinese tire dumping.
The President's decision to hold China accountable for unfair trade is a victory for American manufacturers, workers, and the economy as a whole. I hope this marks the beginning of a more aggressive trade enforcement policy and a needed defense of the U.S. manufacturing base. Chinese tire dumping has cost our nation jobs and contributed to the current recession. Other actions such as currency manipulation and the ban of certain types of U.S. pork have further harmed American workers and producers. It is long past time to fight back.
After years of bad bipartisan trade policies, fair traders finally have something to hang their hats on. I hope we can continue down this road in the future.