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March 6, 2018


The Honorable Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President:


On behalf of the undersigned groups representing millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, we urge you to reconsider the tariffs on aluminum and steel announced on March 1, 2018.  We appreciate your work cutting taxes and promoting America, but tariffs on aluminum and steel will be a tax on the Middle Class with everything from cars to baseball bats to even beer being more expensive.


Free trade is an integral foundation for any economy seeking growth, innovation, and expanded opportunity. Not only is free trade good for the U.S. economy, it is also good for the American taxpayer.


As President, you pledged to put America and American jobs first. But imposing tariffs would be bad for the economy and bad for American workers. U.S. manufacturers that consume steel employ an estimated 40 to 60 times more U.S. workers than do steel producing facilities. This tax hike would put these jobs at risk. In fact, when George W Bush increased tariffs on steel, 200,000 jobs were lost as a direct result.


If the U.S. government develops a fortress mentality in a global marketplace, it will spur trading partners to treat U.S. products in the same manner. If foreign governments imitate the U.S. government’s use of tariffs, U.S. exports of manufactured goods could decline. Nothing is more important to long-term U.S. prosperity than being able to sell America’s exceptional products in markets that 95 percent of the world’s population call home.  


In December, you signed into law the most significant tax reform in more than 30 years. These tax cuts will revolutionize the US economy, create new jobs and increase living standards throughout the country. This new tariff proposal puts all of that at risk. A new tax on steel and aluminum will cost jobs, increase costs to consumers, and force businesses to go overseas. We strongly urge you to reconsider this proposal. 



David Williams


Taxpayers Protection Alliance


Phil Kerpen


American Commitment

Steve Pociask


American Consumer Institute


Lisa B. Nelson


American Legislative Exchange Council


Ashley N. Varner

Executive Director

ALEC Action


Robert Alt

President & CEO

Buckeye Institute


Norm Singleton


Campaign for Liberty


Andrew F. Quinlan


Center for Freedom and Prosperity


Jeffrey Mazzella


Center for Individual Freedom


Iain Murray

Vice President for Strategy

Competitive Enterprise Institute


Matthew Kandrach


Consumer Action for a Strong Economy


Frederik Roeder

Managing Director

Consumer Choice Center


David McIntosh


Club for Growth


Robert Roper


Ethan Allen Institute


Jason Pye

Vice President of Legislative Affairs



George Landrith


Frontiers of Freedom


Mario Lopez


Hispanic Leadership Fund


John Tillman


Illinois Policy Institute

Carrie L. Lukas


Independent Women’s Forum


Heather R. Higgins


Independent Women’s Voice


Tom Giovanetti


Institute for Policy Innovation


Kory Swanson

President and CEO

John Locke Foundation


Lindsay Boyd Killen

Vice President for Strategic Outreach and Communications

Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Brent Mead


Montana Policy Institute


Pete Sepp


National Taxpayers Union


Paul Gessing


Rio Grande Foundation


Richard M. Esenberg

President/General Counsel

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty



CC:           Mr. Wilbur Ross


Department of Commerce


CC:           Mr. Gary Cohn


National Economic Council


CC:           Peter Navarro


White House National Trade Council