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

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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