As we work to put America first in our international trading relationships, we must ensure local industries can continue to thrive. Farmers and local businesses have brought the need for targeted assistance from recently imposed tariffs to me. Therefore, I joined with 159 of my House colleagues today and signed onto a bipartisan letter to Trade Representative Lighthizer requesting an exclusion process for the recent tariffs imposed on China. While unfair trade practices need to be challenged, it must be through a deliberate process for remedying trade problems that works to protect our nation’s businesses, farmers and consumers. This process would afford U.S. companies the opportunity to seek relief if tariffs that harm their global competitiveness and would help target the effects of the tariffs on China rather than on U.S. companies and their customers. In doing so, we can challenge unfair practices while advancing the interests of our local economy.
Tuesday, it was great to have a group from Bethel Baptist Church in Watauga County come to DC and allow me to give them a behind-the-scenes tour of our capitol!
Today kicks off the North Carolina State Fair. Safe travels and good luck to participants and competitors from the Fifth District, including Eli Herman who is performing in the opening ceremony! When I met this young man last month, I was so impressed by his exemplary patriotism and determination that I recently recognized him on the House floor. Watch my remarks below.
RECENT HAPPENINGS IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT
Manufacturing Expo at Surry Community College
Dixie Classic Fair with Bobby Aiden
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
Surry Yadkin Electric Membership Corp. Meeting
Hot Cars, Hot Nights with Cliff Earn
On October 12, 1945 President Truman presented Corporal Desmond Thomas Doss with the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman. In WWII, Doss served as a conscientious objector in an infantry rifle company, selflessly risking his own life to save more than 75 wounded men on Hacksaw Ridge after American forces were forced to retreat.
WHAT'S COMING UP?
As District Work Period continues next week, I look forward to hosting a number of roundtables and traveling around the Fifth District to hear from more of you!