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Senator Collins Misses The Mark

Susan Collins has recently sent out form letter responses to constituents who support American companies and jobs. Senator Collins states “I will continue to urge the Administration to work with Congress and our allies to address anticompetitive behaviors” while she and the rest of Congress have done nothing but increase the regulatory and financial burdens on Americans to then provide subsidized access to US markets to foreign companies.

Tariffs were the main source of revenue for the federal government from 1789 to 1914. Since then, the US Congress has increased taxes, fees, and regulations upon the American citizen while granting favorable market access to foreign companies. To get that same access American citizens are forced to pay with time, effort, and money.

You may contact Senator Susan Collins via her website.

Here is Senator Collins’ form letter response, in full.

Thank you for contacting me to express your concern about the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel, aluminum, and other products.  I appreciate your taking the time to do so.

I share the President’s belief that there have been many poorly negotiated trade agreements that have harmed manufacturing jobs in Maine and across our country.  In the northern half of our state in particular, we have seen many pulp and paper mills close within the last five years, putting thousands of Mainers out of work through no fault of their own.

Addressing unfair trade practices, however, requires a careful approach in order to avoid triggering retaliation from other countries. These tariffs could produce the opposite effect of what the President is trying to achieve, inadvertently causing further harm to American jobs and increasing the prices of consumer goods. I am encouraged that the Administration is seeking to negotiate one-off agreements with our trading partners.  I will continue to urge the Administration to work with Congress and our allies to address anticompetitive behaviors in order to protect our manufacturing industry and promote economic growth.

Again, thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Susan M. Collins
United States Senator

Senator King, apparently, is unable to respond to constituents in regards to this issue.

Thank you for contacting me. Please accept this response as acknowledgement that I have received your communication. I am honored to represent you and the State of Maine here in the United States Senate. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the staff in one of my offices; their locations and phone numbers are below.

I place great emphasis on making sure each message I receive is reviewed, responded to, and used to inform my work in Washington. I appreciate the chance to hear what’s on your mind. Thank you for reaching out.

Best Regards,
Senator Angus S. King, Jr.