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CEI Joins Coalition Letter to President Trump Urging Reconsideration of Aluminum and Steel Tariffs

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:25
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Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the undersigned groups representing millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, we urge you to reconsider the tariffs on aluminum and steel announced on March 1, 2018.  We appreciate your work cutting taxes and promoting America, but tariffs on aluminum and steel will be a tax on the Middle Class with everything from cars to baseball bats to even beer being more expensive.

Free trade is an integral foundation for any economy seeking growth, innovation, and expanded opportunity. Not only is free trade good for the U.S. economy, it is also good for the American taxpayer.

As President, you pledged to put America and American jobs first. But imposing tariffs would be bad for the economy and bad for American workers. U.S. manufacturers that consume steel employ an estimated 40 to 60 times more U.S. workers than do steel producing facilities. This tax hike would put these jobs at risk. In fact, when George W Bush increased tariffs on steel, 200,000 jobs were lost as a direct result.

If the U.S. government develops a fortress mentality in a global marketplace, it will spur trading partners to treat U.S. products in the same manner. If foreign governments imitate the U.S. government’s use of tariffs, U.S. exports of manufactured goods could decline. Nothing is more important to long-term U.S. prosperity than being able to sell America’s exceptional products in markets that 95 percent of the world’s population call home.  

In December, you signed into law the most significant tax reform in more than 30 years. These tax cuts will revolutionize the US economy, create new jobs and increase living standards throughout the country. This new tariff proposal puts all of that at risk. A new tax on steel and aluminum will cost jobs, increase costs to consumers, and force businesses to go overseas. We strongly urge you to reconsider this proposal. 


David Williams

President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Phil Kerpen

President, American Commitment

Steve Pociask

President, American Consumer Institute

Lisa B. Nelson

CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council

Ashley N. Varner

Executive Director, ALEC Action

Robert Alt

President & CEO, Buckeye Institute

Norm Singleton

President, Campaign for Liberty

Andrew F. Quinlan

President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeffrey Mazzella

President, Center for Individual Freedom

Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Matthew Kandrach

President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Frederik Roeder

Managing Director, Consumer Choice Center

David McIntosh

President, Club for Growth

Robert Roper

President, Ethan Allen Institute

Jason Pye

Vice President of Legislative Affairs, FreedomWorks

George Landrith

President, Frontiers of Freedom

Mario Lopez

President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

John Tillman

CEO, Illinois Policy Institute

Carrie L. Lukas

President, Independent Women’s Forum

Heather R. Higgins

CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

Tom Giovanetti

President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Kory Swanson

President and CEO, John Locke Foundation

Lindsay Boyd Killen

Vice President for Strategic Outreach and Communications, Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Brent Mead

CEO, Montana Policy Institute

Pete Sepp

President, National Taxpayers Union

Paul Gessing

President, Rio Grande Foundation

Richard M. Esenberg

President/General Counsel, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty


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