Washington– Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement on President Trump's tariffs announcement:
"The rationale for these tariffs is to retaliate against bad trade actors. As announced, they will be broad tariffs with a few temporary exceptions. President Trump deserves credit for his consistency calling out such bad actors, but it is imperative that we target these rogue players to remedy the situation instead of implementing across-the-board tariffs that are effectively taxes."
Washington - The Republican Study Committee's Steering Committee adopted the following principles affirming the organization's longstanding commitment to free trade:
- Free trade underpins the economic foundations of our alliances and partnerships, directly furthering America’s national security interests while limiting the destructive reach of authoritarian powers.
- American consumers benefit from free trade through more choices and affordable goods, improving their standard of living and promoting global innovation.
- Tariffs on imported goods are a tax on American consumers and businesses.
- While certain tariffs can temporarily benefit producers, manufacturers tend to bear the burden of rising costs stemming from imposed tariffs.
- At least half of American imports are not finished products, but are instead input materials for U.S.-based manufacturers. Free trade reduces the cost of these input materials, thus reducing U.S.-based businesses’ production costs, which in turn promotes economic growth through additional investment in domestic jobs and manufacturing.
- Free trade and free markets have led to the greatest reduction in global poverty in the history of mankind.
- Government imposed barriers to materials, labor and capital are disruptive to modern supply chains and represents liberal central-planning in its worst, most arrogant form.
- While we strongly disagree with the imposition of punitive tariffs, we do believe that the federal government should aggressively protect American jobs and American manufacturers from the economic devastation caused by the unfair dumping of foreign goods into American markets and barriers to American products.
Background: The Republican Study Committee historically advocated for free trade including agreements such as NAFTA.
Washington – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement on trade and tariffs:
“The American people are thriving after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which unleashed economic growth leading to employee bonuses and record low unemployment. Raising taxes in the form of tariffs will only weaken our now-healthy economy. As we have learned from history, most recently in 2002, the Administration should reject big-government actions like tariffs and let American workers thrive without government intervention by picking winners and losers in different sectors of the economy. While we support the Administration’s aim to get the best deal for the American people, leaving free trade agreements or sparking a trade war could leave our allies exposed, our domestic manufacturers scrambling and our economy in turmoil."
Washington - Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget:
“The annual deficit is expected to be over $1 trillion for the next fiscal year. With what is possibly our last chance as a Republican Congress to set ourselves on a fiscally responsible course, the House and Senate Budget Committees need to take President Trump’s proposal for over $1.7 trillion in mandatory spending reductions seriously. This means the House and Senate need to actually pass a concurrent budget resolution with mandatory saving targets and use reconciliation to reduce the deficit. Anything less is a failure in doing our duty to provide a framework that prevents America’s impending fiscal crisis.”
Washington – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement on the recently announced Budget Deal:
"Our military suffered tremendously under the Obama era of defense cuts and reductions. Every Republican in the Republican Study Committee supports a strong defense. However, Republicans are being offered a false choice today: either support the military or maintain fiscal discipline. I am disappointed this deal creates friction among Republicans who believe in both. We are committed to defend our families with more tanks and planes, but we must also protect future generations by freeing them from an insurmountable debt crippling any hope of pursuing the American dream."
The Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee released the following statement on the Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760):
“The Securing America’s Future Act is the framework to strengthen border security, increase interior enforcement and resolve the DACA situation. We believe an eventual stand alone floor vote is essential. We oppose any process for a DACA solution that favors a backroom deal with Democrats over regular order in the House."
Washington - Chairman Mark Walker released the following statement greeting the 45th Annual March for Life:
“The March for Life is a bittersweet event. On one hand, it commemorates a great atrocity on America’s conscience: abortion. On other hand, it is uplifting to see so many young people come out year after year in the bitter cold to fight for the rights of unborn children. On this 45th anniversary of the March for Life, the pro-life community should also be praised for their work the other 364 days of the year in helping all mothers and children.”
Washington - The Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee released the following statement calling for the release of the classified report on the FBI/DOJ Collusion Investigation:
“The revelations contained in the memo prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have a compelling public interest and must be declassified and released as soon as possible. We call on the Committee to vote to declassify the report and allow for a vote on the House floor to make it public as soon as possible, after ensuring all information is void of any national security risk.”