Montanans, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Rail Against Tariffs
Helena – While Montana workers and the U.S. Chamber of Congress understand that the White House’s escalating trade war increases pressure on Montana’s agricultural industry, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale continues to show he isn’t listening to the concerns of Montanans.
While Rosendale reportedly said that Trump was doing the right thing on trade and praised him for “using a big stick,” the Chamber called the tariffs “nothing more than a tax increase on American consumers and businesses–including manufacturers, farmers, and technology companies,” warning that Americans will “pay more for commonly used products and materials.”
A Montana farmer and former president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and of the Montana Grain Growers Association recently criticized Rosendale for his “unwillingness to stand up to these tariffs on China” and said Rosendale’s lack of action on tariffs “doesn’t jive with the opinion of any Montana farmer or rancher I know.”
Montana’s small business owners, farmers, and ranchers stand to be hurt by a trade war, something Rosendale fails to understand. Maybe if Rosendale was a real rancher he would get it, but instead he’s proven that he’ll fail to stand up against policies that would devastate Montana’s agricultural industry.
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