Senator Tom Cotton (R.A.) demands that President Joe Biden’s Administration officials explain why they decided to remove tariffs from hundreds of Chinese-made products. Katherine Tai (US Trade Representative) announced last month that Section 301 tariffs will be removed from more than 350 Chinese products imported into the U.S.
Biden will allow China-made products to escape tariffs from the United States. These include breast pumps and solar water heaters.
Cotton wrote to Tai calling the U.S. decision to drop tariffs on China “economic Appeasement” and asking the administration to answer questions about the decision.
Cotton would like to know how many Chinese-made products are exempted by U.S. tariffs and can be made easily in America or in another country that is at least an ally of U.S. government.
Last December, Cotton celebrated the 20th anniversary China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This decision was supported by both political institutions at the time.
Cotton stated that “Millions of Americans lost their good-paying blue-collar jobs to ‘China’ trade shock in the years following.” “Countless small towns, main roads, and working-class neighborhoods were destroyed and boarded up.”
Between 2001 and 2018, U.S. trade with China has eliminated nearly 3.7 million American jobs — 2.8million of which were in American manufacturing. At least 50,000 American manufacturing facilities were closed during that time.