Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Statement on Tariff Announcement

March 8, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to the president’s announcement of tariffs on aluminum and steel imports into the United States:

“I appreciate the president’s goal of helping American steel manufacturers. However, broad tariffs will have sweeping, negative impacts on consumers and businesses across the country. In the Houston area, they will also hinder growth in our booming energy, petrochemical and manufacturing industries, making it harder to expand and create new jobs in Texas. I also worry about the repercussions of this action on the Port of Houston, not only from the tariffs, but also potential retaliatory measures taken by our trading partners. I urge the president to provide as much flexibility as possible during further negotiations, and will work with my colleagues in Congress to develop options that protect our economic growth. Fair and free trade is critical to our prosperity in Texas and our nation.”

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