Missouri state lawmakers take Trump trade concerns to Blunt, McCaskill

Concerns over President Donald Trump’s trade policies have spurred a bipartisan group of 14 Missouri state lawmakers to contact U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill of Missouri seeking help.

The state senators sent a letter last month to Blunt, a Republican, and McCaskill, a Democrat, focusing largely on proposed tariffs with China. They asked Blunt and McCaskill to work with the executive branch to reconsider the tariffs.

“China’s response to American tariffs is directly aimed at some of Missouri’s largest industries, including agriculture, manufacturing and auto parts,” they wrote. “The Chinese response sent agriculture commodity prices tumbling. Corn, soybean, beef, and pork prices, none of which were particularly high to begin with, dropped to levels that are unsustainable for many Missouri farmers.”

McCaskill has voiced concern about Trump’s trade policy toward China, noting that steel and aluminum tariffs could harm Missouri and that proposed Chinese counter-tariffs against U.S. agricultural products would also take a toll on the state.

“These potential retaliatory actions, if implemented, could upend Missouri’s economy and cause serious harm to families in our state,” McCaskill wrote. “Given the serious consequences a potential trade war would have on Missouri, I have taken every opportunity to encourage the Administration to reverse these actions.”

Blunt, who has supported Trump but diverges from the president on trade, responded to the state lawmakers saying he had addressed their concerns with the administration.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader, Jefferson City News Tribune

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