WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today applauded the Trump administration for taking steps to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices. Brown met with the President’s top trade official, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week, and the Senator has called on the President to take action on China since he first spoke with the President’s trade team just days after the election.
Brown supports today’s tariffs as one important tool to hold China accountable. And the Senator is continuing to offer the Administration long-term solutions to address the root causes of the trade imbalance and put a stop to China’s cheating. Brown wrote to the President last month urging him to stand firm against China in ongoing negotiations and offering solutions, including:
- Shuttering excess steel mills and dismantling illegal subsidy programs,
- Reforms at the WTO, and
- Supporting his bipartisan legislation with Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley to block Chinese investments that harm U.S. jobs.
“China’s cheating has shuttered steel plants across our state, put Ohioans out of work, and distorted global markets. Today’s tariffs are an important step toward enforcing trade laws and making clear the U.S. will not allow China to cheat Americans out of their jobs,” Brown said. “We have more work to do to address the root of China’s cheating and reset our trade imbalance, and I will continue working with the Administration to push for long-term solutions.”
Immediately after President Trump’s election, Brown reached out to his transition team to offer his help in retooling U.S. trade policy. Brown wrote to Trump in November 2016 offering specific steps to work together on trade and Trump responded with a handwritten note. Since then, Brown has been engaging the President and top trade officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to fight for Ohio priorities.