More on Trade
As published in The Des Moines Register on March 15:
Our economy is headed in the right direction. In 2017’s last quarter, the economy grew at 2.5 percent. Private-sector jobs defied expectations and grew by 313,000 in February. The national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is at a 17-year low. Consumer confidence is the highest since 2000 and wages are up 2.6 percent compared with a year ago.
Today, Iowa Congressman David Young and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst along with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressmen Steve King, Dave Loebsack, and Rod Blum sent a letter to President Trump urging him not to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that could harm Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers.
Iowa Congressman David Young today pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the administration's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum during a Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing.
Iowa Congressman David Young issued the following statement on President Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum:
"Tariffs are taxes on Iowans and I oppose President Trump's move to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. This action will hurt American employers, workers, and consumers and blunt the positive economic effects of the new tax relief law. The last thing we need is a trade war and this action will likely lead to retaliation."
Iowa Congressman David Young, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and South Dakota Senator John Thune announced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve call completions has passed the House and now goes to the President's desk for his signature.
Each year, the President comes to the U.S. Capitol to speak to members of Congress, but more importantly, to address the American people. The President usually comments on current events, touts accomplishments, and lays out an agenda for the coming year.
This year’s speech was a reminder of the need to work together to address some of our nation's challenges. It was also a reminder of what makes America the incredible nation it is.
An elected official’s most important duty is listening to and speaking with the folks who he or she represents. Not only do I travel to and visit every one of the 16 counties in the Third District every month, I also hold a Coffee with My Congressman public forum and have multiple open office hours sessions with my bosses – the folks of Iowa’s Third District - every year in each county throughout the district. So far this month, I've already held 14 town hall forums throughout the district - from Milo in Warren County to Riverton in Fremont County.
Too often the bureaucracy and mindset of Washington, D.C. leaves rural America behind. From unworkable and unnecessary regulations to a lack of appropriate funding for critical projects, Americans and Iowans in rural areas seem to have been forgotten by the federal government.
As I travel across the Third District meeting with Iowans, holding town halls, and listening to folks’ stories, I gather their triumphs, struggles, solutions, frustrations, and concerns to carry with me to Congress and work on real solutions to the issues Iowans are facing.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was agreed to in 1993 by President Clinton. Since then, Mexico, Canada, and the United States have established a significant trade relationship.
President Trump has said NAFTA is unfair to the United States and his administration's officials are attempting to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. He has also said he may withdraw the United States from the agreement if changes are not made to NAFTA.
When traveling the Third District speaking with farmers, producers and folks who rely on agriculture to make a living for themselves and their family, I hear how low prices for farm products and commodities have hurt families and our rural communities. These continually low prices make it difficult for folks to break even, let alone make a profit, hire workers, provide for their families, and invest in our communities. And according to the Congressional Research Service, new farm income is down 50 percent since 2013.