(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an order instituting tariffs on imported steel and aluminum:
“While I’m glad this order temporarily exempts two of New Hampshire’s largest trading partners, including Canada, I remain concerned about the significant impact that a tariff on steel and aluminum will have on New Hampshire’s economy, which is supported by $4 billion in exports,” said Senator Shaheen. “Today’s order by the President was clearly rushed and not afforded the careful scrutiny and consideration that’s absolutely needed. Many of New Hampshire’s small and mid-sized businesses still have no clarity about the impact on their bottom lines. This directive also continues to jeopardize strategic relationships with key American allies and I’m very concerned about the damage this could cause. I will continue to urge the Trump administration to change course and prevent this unnecessary crisis.”
Earlier this week, Senator Shaheen sent a letter to the President, urging him to reconsider his tariff plan and highlighting the impact of his proposed tariffs on New Hampshire businesses, especially those who trade with Canada. Senator Shaheen has authored legislation that would help small businesses sell their products overseas. Her amendment to a trade enforcement bill to boost exports by US small businesses was signed into law by President Obama in 2016. Shaheen was also the first New Hampshire Governor to lead trade missions outside of North America.