The National Retail Federation (NRF) is circulating a letter to legislators from both parties addressed to the U.S. Trade representative to gain support for eliminating tariffs on Chinese made products, Breitbart reported.
The letter, addressed to Robert Lighthizer and already signed by two Republicans and two Democrats representatives, attempts to justify its request based on the current health emergency caused by the CCP Virus.
“We write today to strongly urge you to extend all active exclusions from the Section 301 China tariffs, which are currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020, for an appropriate amount of time to provide economic stability as businesses grapple the unprecedented hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The 25% tariffs on Chinese-made products that this union is attempting to reverse are part of the “America First” policy of President Trump, who after embarking on a trade war with Chinese Communist Party (CCP), took several steps to get U.S. companies to bring their factories back into the United States and reduce its dependency on China.
Especially after the Chinese regime let the 5 million Chinese people in Wuhan already infected with the CCP Virus out of China to travel the world, the relationship between the two countries declined as President Trump pointed to the CCP as responsible for the pandemic.
In May 2020, President Trump announced that the United States was imposing 25% tariffs on $325 billion of Chinese products.
Peter Navarro, director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, led an effort to get American companies to return their manufacturing to the country, through tax incentives, but unions like the National Retail Federation made no effort to stop dependence on China for production.
The union’s proposal presents a serious long-term problem for American jobs and threatens to reverse the achievements of the Trump Administration, which in February of this year, reported some 480,000 jobs during its term.
In fact, if the goals set by President Trump are met, the situation would be even better.
Research by the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) revealed that relocating all pharmaceutical production to the United States would create more than 800,000 U.S. jobs. Similarly, relocating all medical supplies to the U.S. has the potential to create over 300,000 U.S. jobs.
Maintaining tariffs on Chinese products is a strategy that in the long term, the CPA believes, will bring millions of jobs back to the United States by 2024.