Jones, Alexander

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Jones: (3:19 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "And I rise on behalf of countless other Alabama businesses that have contacted me because they feel threatened by proposed tariffs but are afraid to speak out publicly for fear of reprisal or in some cases they simply don't want to be seen as inflicting political damage to the president. Mr. President, I came to this body to work on solutions, not to raise partisan threat levels. So I'm not one to unfairly level criticism at the president of the United States, but I have and I will continue to call it like I see it. When his actions hurt our economy in my state in particular."


Senator Alexander: (3:24 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tariffs.
    • "We don't want to interrupt that. A better strategy is the one that the president himself has suggested and I believe would be much more effective. Insist on reciprocity. Say to other countries do for our country what we do for you, just as he did at the G-7 summit. No tariffs, no barriers. That's the way it should be. Just as he said today to the president of the European Union. May I suggest a first step in that direction? It might be to agree on the same tariffs on light trucks and cars that are traded between the United States and the European Union. Currently, the European Union levies a 10% tariff on light trucks that come from the United States, and the U.S. levies a 25% tariff on trucks imported from the European Union."