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Newsprint Tariffs Overturned After Advocacy from Knight, Panetta

Bipartisan effort successfully protects vital import for newspaper industry

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Washington, DC, August 30, 2018 | Chris Jusuf (202-225-1956) | comments
On August 29, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously voted to halt the imposition of tariffs on Canadian newsprint. This decision comes after a bipartisan effort led by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) and Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) to urge the ITC to stop the tariffs. In a letter sent to ITC Chairman David Johanson, the Representative asserted that the tariffs would impose excessive costs and cause irreversible damage to small and medium sized newspapers and diversity in the media. The letter also cites that the tariffs would do nothing to help American paper producers, and would actually hurt thousands of job opportunities for people who work in the newspaper production and reporting industries. The full text of the letter can be read here.

"Tariffs and trade wars are never a good idea, especially when with such a close ally and trade partner like Canada,said Representative Knight "Even though the news industry is changing, local newspapers will always play a vital role in the everyday lives of Americans. From reporting on local politics to covering high school sports, small and medium sized newspapers fill a demand that just can't be met by larger outlets. The proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint paper would have crippled many of these papers throughout the country, leaving thousands of communities in the dark. I am relieved that the ITC has heeded our concerns about this and stopped this ill-conceived tax newspapers and readers. I'd like to thank Congressman Panetta for his leadership in co-leading this effort with me."

"The Administration’s newsprint tariffs threatened our regional newspapers, hurting their ability to provide our communities with access to news and information on local events.  I proudly led, with my colleague Congressman Knight, a bipartisan House coalition urging the International Trade Commission to nullify these harmful tariffs,” said Representative Panetta.Yesterday’s final decision was an important victory for California, the United States, and our local communities and newspapers.  I will continue to support our local press."

Representative Knight is a member of the House Small Business Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Contracting & the Workforce. The letter authored by Rep. Knight and Rep. Panetta was signed by 17 other Republican and Democrat Representatives.
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