Schumer, Higgins Differ on Tariffs

Schumer says US needs to crack down on China, Higgins calls it race to the bottom

Tom Puckett
September 03, 2019 - 3:54 am

Senator Chuck Schumer. August 24, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Two members of New York's delegation in Washington have differing views on US tariffs against China.

"China's taken huge advantage of us," says Senator Chuck Schumer. "I think we've let China get away with murder, both Bush and Obama, Republican and Democrat." He says President Trump needs to go after China but right now, he's not doing it in the most smart way.

Schumer says while Trump is right to go after China, he's wrong to go after other nations. "Where the president went too far, was he went after Canada, Mexico, Europe. Direct all energies to China and we'll beat them. That's my adivce to him," says Schumer. Schumer says China has been the culprit in stealing US jobs and money.

"It's a lose lose, and if we let China take advantage of us, we'll lose more wealth, money and jobs than if we successfully go after them," notes Schumer.

Congressman Brian Higgins disagrees with just tariffs against China. "China is investing in the growth of their economy. They're growing at 6 percent. We're at 2, 2 1/2 percent. That is a problem and we have to do the things that are necessary: invest in scientific research, education and infrastructure, so these tariffs aren't helpful to anybody," says Higgins. 

Higgins says when you impose a tariff, a tariff is imposed on you, and calls that a race to the bottom. "You can't tariff your way to economic growth. You have to invest in the growth of your people to help people become socially mobile and have the skills to compete in the economy," says Higgins.

Higgins admits while the US needs to crack down on China, investments must be made as well. "All that techonlogy was developed by taxpayer funded research, and billions of smartphones are made in China. We have to learn to make the phones here, do the innovation and manufacture them in WNY and in the US," notes Higgins.

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