Hoeven Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement regarding the President’s trade actions on steel and aluminum:

“We appreciate the president’s resolve to prevent unfair trade practices that harm American businesses, however we need to take a targeted and strategic approach. While the provisional exemption of Mexico and Canada is good, we are concerned that broad tariffs on steel and aluminum could cost American jobs and lead to retaliation by major trading partners that could harm other U.S. sectors, like agriculture and energy. We’ll continue working with the Administration to ensure that any changes to trade policy result in better deals for our nation. We want free trade and fair trade, and we need to work strategically to ensure both.”