Koch Industries urges Congress to exercise its constitutional trade authority

June 11, 2018

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 Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs for Koch Industries, issued the following statement encouraging Senate members to restore Congress’ constitutional authority on tariffs:

"Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of Koch Companies Public Sector, I urge you to support S.3013, legislation that restores congressional approval before enacting tariffs on grounds of national security. It is important that lawmakers reassert their constitutional authority on these important matters of trade. Tariffs are taxes imposed on imported goods and services. They are used to restrict trade, as they increase the price of imported goods and services, making them more expensive to consumers. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to levy taxes. With the passage of this bill, Congress can restore its authority on matters of trade. The country is at its best when all can succeed through policies that enable rather than stifle the voluntary, free exchange of goods and services. This happens when trade is expanded, new markets are opened, and costs are subsequently lowered for consumers. Koch champions policies that continue to advance the robust, pro-growth economic agenda championed by Congress and the administration, and we oppose those which impose barriers to trade, ultimately hurting individuals, businesses, and communities."