(BISMARCK, ND) – The president’s trade war is already hitting the bottom lines of North Dakota’s farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers – so much so that the administration announced a whopping $12 billion bailout of the agriculture industry to stop the bleeding from the trade war they created.
While Kevin Cramer continues to fan the flames of this trade war and jeopardize North Dakota ag producers – other Republicans are speaking out and standing up for farmers:
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): “So, you create a policy that causes people to need to be on welfare and then you provide the welfare. […] “It would be much better to just reverse the policy that’s creating this.”
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Chairman of the Senate agriculture committee: “I think the agriculture community has made it clear. […] They much prefer trade rather than aid.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI): “This is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy here: Commissars deciding who’s going to be granted waivers, commissars in the administration figuring out how they’re going to sprinkle around benefits. […] I’m very exasperated. This is serious.”
Senator John Thune (R-SD): “Taxpayers are going to be asked to initial checks to farmers in lieu of having a trade policy that actually opens and expands more markets. There isn’t anything about this that anybody should like.”
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE): “This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches. America’s farmers don’t want to be paid to lose – they want to win by feeding the world. This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ): “This is what we feared all along, that these markets would be replaced by handouts. […] You lose some of these markets, you lose them for good or a long time.”
What will it take for Kevin Cramer to finally stand up for North Dakota’s farmers, ranchers and manufacturers?