Congressman Hultgren Says Tariffs Could Drive Some Illinois Companies Out Of Business

Nancy Harty
June 01, 2018 - 2:06 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren said tariffs on steel and aluminum, and those imposed by trade partners in retaliation, could drive some Illinois companies out of business.

The republican visited a steel can company in Batavia on Thursday that's putting expansion plans on hold because of the tariffs.

He said DS Containers will be decimated by this, if they don't get an exemption, because the steel they use isn't made in the US.

Hultgren said agricultural jobs in the state could also be at risk since Canada, Mexico and the European Union have fired back with tariffs on U.S. products. 

While President Trump is delivering on campaign promises with the tariffs, Hultgren doesn't think it's a good idea.

He wrote a letter to the President, along with more than 100 other members of Congress,  saying at this time of economic growth, the last thing we should be waging is a trade war.

Instead, Hultgren proposes excluding fairly traded products that don't pose a threat to national security from the tariffs and grandfathering in existing steel or aluminum contracts.

Other Illinois republicans who signed the letter include Congressman Peter Roskam, Darin LaHood and Adam Kinzinger.