LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana lumber mill workers against unfair Canadian trade practices that are threatening jobs and the state’s wood products industry.
Tester testified today before the U.S. International Trade Commission and called for the U.S. to impose tariffs on Canadian Softwood Lumber imports and level the playing field for Montana’s lumber industry. Tester told the commission that he was speaking on behalf of Montana’s 7,000 timber industry workers who urge the commission to strictly enforce America’s trade laws and hold Canada fully accountable for flooding the lumber market with cheap, subsided softwood lumber.
“To limit the onslaught of subsidized Canadian lumber into our markets, we must immediately deploy our trade enforcement tools,” Tester said during his testimony. “Our mills and our economy simply cannot afford to wait any longer.”
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