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Administration's Protectionism

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PITTS. Madam Speaker, American dairy farmers are struggling, and expanding markets around the world could help them greatly. The President's placing of a 35 percent tariff on imports of Chinese tires last Friday is likely to start a trade war.

This time of recession is no time to shut down rural trade or spark wider trade wars. Instead, we should look for opportunities to open up new markets for American products.

We have three free trade agreements currently sitting on the table, South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which the administration has virtually ignored since the President took office. Combined, these agreements represent more than 100 million new customers for American products. New markets could go a long way in increasing demand for American products and saving family farms that have operated for generations.

I believe American agriculture and industry can compete worldwide, but we need to break down barriers, not create new ones.


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