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Sens. Kaine, Warner: “President Trump should be making it easier for Virginia farmers and families to get ahead, not driving us head-first into a harmful trade war”

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From Senators Kaine and Warner: 

WARNER & KAINE STATEMENT ON THREAT PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRADE WAR WOULD POSE TO VIRGINIA FARMERS & FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine raised concerns after Virginia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed that proposed tariffs could hurt Virginia businesses and employees, as China is the Commonwealth’s biggest export market for agricultural goods. Yesterday China announced that it is considering raising tariffs on soybeans, beef, and other critical agriculture commodities produced in Virginia in response to President Trump’s proposed tariffs.President Trump recently tweeted that “trade wars are good.”

“President Trump should be making it easier for Virginia farmers and families to get ahead, not driving us head-first into a harmful trade war,” the Senators said. “The President’s reckless actions aren’t ‘good’ for the farmers and local businesses whose products would face huge taxes from China. And President Trump causing massive volatility in the stock market sure isn’t ‘good’ for our economy or Virginia families’ retirement savings. We wish the President would think about hardworking Virginians before making rash decisions with serious implications for our communities.”

China announced tariffs on 106 U.S. products yesterday, including items produced in rural communities in Central, Southern, and Southwest Virginia, as well as the Valley, the Eastern Shore, and the Northern Neck. Below is the full list of products that are set to be subject to duties, many grown in Virginia:

  1. Yellow soybean
  2. Black soybean
  3. Corn
  4. Cornflour
  5. Uncombed cotton
  6. Cotton linters
  7. Sorghum
  8. Brewing or distilling dregs and waste
  9. Other durum wheat
  10. Other wheat and mixed wheat
  11. Whole and half head fresh and cold beef
  12. Fresh and cold beef with bones
  13. Fresh and cold boneless beef
  14. Frozen beef with bones
  15. Frozen boneless beef
  16. Frozen boneless meat
  17. Other frozen beef chops
  18. Dried cranberries
  19. Frozen orange juice
  20. Non-frozen orange juice
  21. Whiskies
  22. Unstemmed flue-cured tobacco
  23. Other unstemmed tobacco
  24. Flue-cured tobacco partially or totally removed
  25. Partially or totally deterred tobacco stems
  26. Tobacco waste
  27. Tobacco cigars
  28. Tobacco cigarettes
  29. Cigars and cigarettes, tobacco substitutes
  30. Hookah tobacco
  31. Other tobacco for smoking
  32. Reconstituted tobacco
  33. Other tobacco and tobacco substitute products
  34. SUVs with discharge capacity of 2.5L to 3L
  35. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 2500ml, but not exceeding 3000ml for SUVs (4 wheel drive)
  36. Vehicles with discharge capacity of 1.5L to 2L
  37. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 1000ml, but not exceeding 1500ml for SUVs (4 wheel drive)
  38. Passenger cars with discharge capacity 1.5L to 2L, 9 seats or less
  39. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 1000ml, but not exceeding 1500ml for 9 passenger cars and below
  40. Passenger cars with discharge capacity of 3L to 4L, 9 seats or less
  41. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 3000ml, but not exceeding 4000ml for 9 passenger cars and below
  42. Off-road vehicles with discharge capacity of 2L to 2.5L
  43. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 2000ml, but not exceeding 2500ml for off-road vehicles
  44. Passenger cars with discharge capacity of 2L to 2.5L, 9 seats or less
  45. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 2000ml, but not exceeding 2500ml for 9 passenger cars and below
  46. Off-road vehicles with discharge capacity of 3L to 4L
  47. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 3000ml, but not exceeding 4000ml for off-road vehicles
  48. Diesel-powered off-road vehicles with discharge capacity of 2.5L to 3L
  49. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 2500ml, but not exceeding 3000ml for diesel-powered off-road vehicles
  50. Passenger cars with discharge capacity of 2.5L to 3L, 9 seats or less
  51. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement exceeding 2500ml, but not exceeding 3000ml for 9 passenger cars and below
  52. Off-road vehicles with discharge capacity of less than 4L
  53. Other vehicles equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source. Cylinder capacity displacement not exceeding 4000ml for off-road vehicles
  54. Other vehicles which are equipped with an ignited reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor and can be charged by plugging in an external power source
  55. Other vehicles that are equipped with a compression ignition type internal combustion engine (diesel or semi-diesel) and a drive motor, other than vehicles that can be charged by plugging in an external power source
  56. Other vehicles which are equipped with an ignition reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor and can be charged by plugging in an external power source
  57. Other vehicles that are equipped with a compression-ignition reciprocating piston internal combustion engine and a drive motor that can be charged by plugging in an external power source
  58. Other vehicles that only drive the motor
  59. Other vehicles
  60. Other gasoline trucks of less than 5 tons
  61. Transmissions and parts for motor vehicles not classified
  62. Liquefied Propane
  63. Primary Shaped Polycarbonate
  64. Supported catalysts with noble metals and their compounds as actives
  65. Diagnostic or experimental reagents attached to backings, except for goods of tariff lines 32.02, 32.06
  66. Chemical products and preparations for the chemical industry and related industries, not elsewhere specified
  67. Products containing PFOS and its salts, perfluorooctanyl sulfonamide or perfluorooctane sulfonyl chloride in note 3 of this chapter
  68. Items listed in note 3 of this chapter containing four, five, six, seven or octabromodiphenyl ethers
  69. Contains 1,2,3,4,5,6-HCH (6,6,6) (ISO), including lindane (ISO, INN)
  70. Primarily made of dimethyl (5-ethyl-2-methyl-2oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphosphorin-5-yl)methylphosphonate and double [(5-b Mixtures and products of 2-methyl-2-oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphosphorin-5-yl)methyl] methylphosphonate (FRC-1)
  71. 38248600a articles listed in note 3 to this chapter containing PeCB (ISO) or Hexachlorobenzene (ISO)
  72. Containing aldrin (ISO), toxaphene (ISO), chlordane (ISO), chlordecone (ISO), DDT (ISO) [Diptrix (INN), 1,1,1-trichloro-2 ,2-Bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane], Dieldrin (ISO, INN), Endosulfan (ISO), Endrin (ISO), Heptachlor (ISO) or Mirex (ISO). The goods listed in note 3 of this chapter
  73. Other carrier catalysts
  74. Other polyesters
  75. Reaction initiators, accelerators not elsewhere specified
  76. Polyethylene with a primary shape specific gravity of less than 0.94
  77. Acrylonitrile
  78. Lubricants (without petroleum or oil extracted from bituminous minerals)
  79. Diagnostic or experimental formulation reagents, whether or not attached to backings, other than those of heading 32.02, 32.06
  80. Lubricant additives for oils not containing petroleum or extracted from bituminous minerals
  81. Primary Shaped Epoxy Resin
  82. Polyethylene Terephthalate Plate Film Foil Strips
  83. Other self-adhesive plastic plates, sheets, films and other materials
  84. Other plastic non-foam plastic sheets
  85. Other plastic products
  86. Other primary vinyl polymers
  87. Other ethylene-α-olefin copolymers, specific gravity less than 0.94
  88. Other primary shapes of acrylic polymers
  89. Other primary shapes of pure polyvinyl chloride
  90. Polysiloxane in primary shape
  91. Other primary polysulphides, polysulfones and other tariff numbers as set forth in note 3 to chapter 39 are not listed.
  92. Plastic plates, sheets, films, foils and strips, not elsewhere specified
  93. 1,2-Dichloroethane (ISO)
  94. Halogenated butyl rubber sheets, strips
  95. Other heterocyclic compounds
  96. Adhesives based on other rubber or plastics
  97. Polyamide-6,6 slices
  98. Other primary-shaped polyethers
  99. Primary Shaped, Unplasticized Cellulose Acetate
  100. Aromatic polyamides and their copolymers
  101. Semi-aromatic polyamides and their copolymers
  102. Other polyamides of primary shape
  103. Other vinyl polymer plates, sheets, strips
  104. Non-ionic organic surfactants
  105. Lubricants (containing oil or oil extracted from bituminous minerals and less than 70% by weight)
  106. Aircraft and other aircraft with an empty weight of more than 15,000kg but not exceeding 45,000kg
  • Rep. Donald McEachin: “As President Trump initiates a trade war with China, he should pause to recognize how detrimental this will be to American farmers and Americans. I know the hard-working agricultural communities of my district deserve support and assistance, not to be undermined by a needless trade war originating from overblown campaign rhetoric.”