Senator Murray traveled to Ritzville and Vancouver to observe the direct and downstream impact of President Trump’s trade disputes in the country’s most trade-dependent state, highlighting the economic damage and uncertainty caused by recent tariffs and trade-related actions
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From left to right: Senator Murray talks to local wheat farmer and former chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates Mike Miller about the challenges local growers face due to the uncertainty of President Trump’s trade policies; Senator Murray hears concerns from longshoremen at the Port of Vancouver about the impact of tariffs on their work and community; Senator Murray met with farmers and other members of Eastern Washington’s rural agriculture community to learn more about how President Trump’s tariffs are harming local businesses and more.
(VANCOUVER, WA) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) traveled across Washington state to observe the impact of President Trump’s trade wars on families and business owners this week, meeting with growers, exporters, and other community leaders in Ritzville and Vancouver to hear how they are navigating President Trump’s escalating trade disputes, and learn more about the direct and downstream damage of President Trump’s tariffs on Washington state families and the state’s economy. In recent months, President Trump has levied tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from U.S. allies and on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, leading other countries to impose retaliatory tariffs that are harmful to Washington state.
“Washington state is no stranger to the direct and downstream dangers of a trade war, and as I met this week with local farmers and other members of the agriculture industry in Eastern Washington and port officials and workers in Southwest Washington – who export so many of our homegrown goods – I heard time and again how damaging a prolonged trade war would be for our state’s businesses, economy, and families,” Senator Murray said. “While addressing unfair trade deals is critical to ensuring American businesses and consumers are playing on an even field, it’s clear President Trump’s approach is threatening vital trading relationships and jeopardizing Washington state exports—sowing unnecessary uncertainty into our economy, threatening jobs, and putting long-sought market access at risk.”
On Tuesday, August 7, Senator Murray traveled to Ritzville, where she met with local farmers and other members of the agriculture industry to hear their concerns about the impact of tariffs on their businesses, local jobs, and rural services. During the roundtable discussion, the participants stressed how tariffs have caused uncertainty, affecting their ability to plan for next year’s harvest and impacting their ability to sell Washington state products overseas in both the short- and long-term. The next day, Wednesday, August 8, Senator Murray met with workers and officials at the Port of Vancouver who are responsible for exporting many Washington state products to international trading partners. At the Port, Senator Murray heard how uncertainty caused by recent trade disputes has rippled through the community, leaving many workers concerned about their personal economic futures.
“President Trump’s tariffs pose a unique threat to Washington state’s economy and job market, as well as the millions of families who could see the costs of everyday goods go up, and as a voice for our state, I will continue working to put an end to President Trump’s tariffs and ensure that Congress and the White House make progress on trade deals that work for everyone in our economy—including our growers, exporters, and workers,” Senator Murray added.
In June, Senator Murray sent a letter to President Trump to lay out what’s at stake for Washington state and urge his administration to consider the state’s economic priorities, including our agricultural growers, as he and his team makes moves on tariffs. Additionally, Senator Murray worked with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) on a legislative amendment that would have rolled back tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the EU without eroding the President’s executive authority to take targeted action on bad trade actors.
To view the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s one-pager on the economic impact of President Trump’s tariffs on Washington state, click HERE.
For the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s state-by-state analysis of the impact of President Trump’s tariffs, click HERE.