Speak Out Against Tariffs on Behalf of Washington Farmers

Trump’s arbitrary tariffs have done serious damage to Washington State farmers and to farmers all over the U.S. Last week the Seattle Times reported that tariffs imposed by the Trump administration have disrupted stable trade agreements between farmers and overseas markets. Those buyers don’t want to go elsewhere, but under tariff restrictions, they do; worse, it's difficult for buyers to return even if tariffs are dropped later because they've had to invest significantly in logistics for new trading arrangements.

Farming is one of the most difficult occupations, physically and financially. Farm yields are subject to the uncertainties of weather, price fluctuations, and other natural and man-made influences. We can’t afford to allow the Trump administration to bring down our Washington State economy and further finanacial hardships for farmers here in Washington and in other states across the U.S.

Last year sales of frozen potatoes to Mexico were cut by more than 25% due to newly imposed tariffs. China, a huge importer of Washington State crops, is expected to drop their purchases dramatically if new Trump-imposed tariffs go into place.

Farmers deserve relief from these incredibly disruptive actions. Trump has attempted to patch over the destruction with farm aid proposals, but not even Republicans are swallowing the bait. Concerned about the 2020 election, Republican lawmakers are starting to press Trump to repeal tariffs.

Please help us raise this issue with our lawmakers and call for repeal of arbitrary and punitive tariffs, to protect American farmers.

ACTION: Call lawmakers and tell them to fight back against tariffs to protect Washington State farmers.

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

  • Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

  • Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I have read that Trump’s tariffs are disrupting trade agreements and penalizing farmers who depend on those agreements to make a living. I am outraged at the destruction that Trump’s tariffs has wreaked on farmers’ livelihood. We need to support U.S. farm families. Please continue to call for repeal of Trump tariffs and a return to productive and sound trade agreements. Thank you.“

Background:

“French fries, sweet cherries and Chinese Tariffs: Washington state exporters brace for next phase in trade war” - https://www.seattletimes.com/business/international-trade/french-fries-sweet-cherries-and-chinese-tariffs-washington-exporters-brace-for-next-phase-in-trade-war/

“Republicans Balk at More Tariffs as Trump Mulls More Farm Aid” - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/politics/china-tariffs-republicans.html

“China retaliates, raising tariffs against U.S. goods; Washington state braces for impacts” - https://www.seattletimes.com/business/china-retaliates-raising-tariffs-against-u-s-goods/

EVENTS

#StopTheBans - Rally for Abortion Rights: Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm, Seattle City Hall

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Tuesday evening, May 21, 7-9 pm, Washington State Labor Council:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019!

The current healthcare system in the United States is ineffective, inefficient and outrageously expensive. Something must change.

Join Rep. Jayapal's District Director Rachel Berkson to break down both the policy and the strategy behind making Medicare for All the law.

And yes, we know it's complicated. That's why we're having this meeting! All are welcome! Bring questions and find out how you can help!

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