Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Send Letter to President Biden Expressing Concern Over Tariff Moratorium on Imported Solar

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer
(R-ND) and Rob Portman (R-OH) sent a letter to President Biden expressing their
concern over the president’s decision to impose a two-year tariff moratorium on imported
solar panels. The senators argue this decision increases our dependence on
China, rewards unfair trade practices, harms U.S. workers, and represents an
executive branch overreach. The president’s decision also undermines an ongoing
investigation by the Department of Commerce into efforts by Chinese solar
companies to circumvent our Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) orders
against Chinese-made solar cells and modules by moving manufacturing to
countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“Already
the United States is over-reliant on China for solar power. Currently, 80
percent of our solar panels come from China or Chinese companies, and this
reliance is not market-based. China has used a variety of anti-free market
practices, such as industrial subsidies, to come to dominate the solar sector.
This is why the United States imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duty
(AD/CVD) orders on unfairly traded solar panel imports from China as early as
2012. It is also why the Department of Commerce is actively investigating
circumvention of those AD/CVD orders by solar panel producers and exporters in
Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The unprecedented and sweeping
tariff moratorium prioritizes foreign solar panels over those made in the
United States. We cannot afford to trade dependence on Russian energy for that
of Chinese solar panels. It is counter to the national interest to rely on our
adversaries for our energy needs,” wrote the senators.  

“…we
are disappointed that the climate change agenda has proven to be an effective
means to pre-empt and nullify the legitimate claims of U.S. workers and
industry before they can be fully considered through the ongoing investigation
by your Department of Commerce. To honor those claims, we urge you to end the
self-imposed emergency declaration and let the Commerce Department
investigation proceed unimpeded so as not to further increase our economic
reliance on China,” continued the senators.

Joining
Senators Cramer and Portman are Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Tommy Tuberville
(R-AL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton
(R-AR), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Click
here
to read the letter. 





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