June 27, 2018
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, met with Commerce Secretary Ross to discuss trade issues important to Oklahomans.
“Secretary Ross and I had a productive discussion yesterday about the impact of the Trump Administration’s trade policies on businesses and the agricultural community in Oklahoma. I share President Trump and Secretary Ross' concerns about the serious threat of unfair and abusive trade practices, but have heard from businesses and industries across Oklahoma about how the immediate impact of tariffs and quotas have negatively impacted local investment. The retaliatory action taken by China has also harmed our agriculture and livestock producers. We also discussed the importance of ensuring that products that cannot be domestically sourced don’t face quotas or tariff penalties—something that is important to Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.
“After our productive conversation, I am confident that Secretary Ross appreciates the real concerns Oklahomans are having as a result of his ongoing trade negotiations. I look forward to working with him to find ways to curb China’s aggressive trading practices without penalizing Oklahoma.”
Sen. Inhofe’s conversation followed a letter he sent to Secretary Ross about steel tariffs and a letter he sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about the impact of tariffs on Oklahoma.