Senator Graham is clearing the way so America’s workers can play on a long-overdue level field. Graham and his Senate colleague, Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the United States Reciprocal Trade Act this week. The legislation is set to reform America’s broken trading system by allowing the President to impose reciprocal tariffs on foreign countries who refuse to negotiate.
“Our purpose is clear – whatever tariffs are placed on products from the United States will have an equal tariff placed on goods from that country,” Graham said in a news release. “With the passage of this bill, the President of the United States now and forever will be able to negotiate tariff arrangements with other countries from a position of strength.”
For too long, America’s workers have drawn the short end of the stick – not through fault of their own, but because our nation’s leaders refused to negotiate decades-old trade policies and unfair tariffs that only disadvantaged the American worker.
The Administration backs the idea of reciprocal trade agreements, most notably in the case of China. “The president is determined to have fair and reciprocal trade with China,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. Once passed into law, the United States Reciprocal Trade Act will finally put an end to an era of unfair policies by giving the President the tools he needs to bring back American competition on the world stage.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) echoed Graham saying, “That’s why I’m joining my dear friend and colleague Senator Graham to introduce this straightforward but impactful legislation. We need to make sure the deck isn’t stacked against the American worker, and this bill does exactly that.”