Shaheen Meets With Moonlight Meadery Following Layoffs Resulting From Trump Administration’s Trade War

July 20, 2018

Moonlight Meadery 7.20.2018

Senator Shaheen speaks with Moonlight Meadery Founder and CEO Michael Fairbrother

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) toured Moonlight Meadery this morning and discussed the detrimental impact of the Trump administration’s trade war, which has forced the Londonderry business to lay off workers due to retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, and canceled a critical contract for the local company. Senator Shaheen is strongly opposed to the administration’s tariff policy, which has escalated a trade war with China, as well as critical US allies and New Hampshire trading partners.

“As we can see right here in Londonderry: the President’s reckless trade policies are already hurting Granite State businesses, and directly threatening our regional economy,” said Shaheen. “And this is only the beginning – we will continue to hear more stories of small businesses losing access to international markets or seeing their costs go up if the President doesn’t de-escalate this trade war.  There’s no question that we need to address unfair practices from China, but we need to do so in a way that’s going to be effective. And we need to work with our allies, not alienate them. There is bipartisan concern in the Senate regarding the President’s approach. I’ll continue to work across the aisle to advance bipartisan legislation to stop the President’s reckless and misguided tariffs, and I will keep urging the President to end this trade war.”

In response to tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on key allies and trading partners, Shaheen sponsored bipartisan legislation to require congressional approval of tariffs. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has also called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to investigate the impact of the Trump administration’s tariff policies on American small businesses, and sent a letter to President Trump urging him to reconsider his tariff plan.