Mayor Pete Says Pres Trump Knows Tariffs are Hurting Americans

Aug 13, 2019

South Bend, IN Mayor and Democratic Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg at the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines Register Political Soapbox

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) says the Trump administration knows the pain it’s causing Americans by delaying some tariffs in an escalating trade war with China. The mayor of South Bend Indiana made the comments to reporters today after speaking at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair.

We are going to feel this. This is going to hurt in our pocketbooks at home. The fact that he doesn’t want that to hit at Christmas shows that he knows he’s doing harm to American consumers. But I don’t think trying to time it to his political benefit is really going to make much of a difference in the long run.

It looks like ten-percent tariffs on about 300-billion dollars in Chinese imports will go forward, but tariffs on some goods will be delayed until Dec. 15. 

Iowa’s senior senator says he’s skeptical about the need for so many Renewable Fuel Standard waivers.  A refinery can request a waiver by claiming the ethanol requirements would create a business hardship.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he was shocked to see the E-P-A did deny some requests. But he’s skeptical all the ones granted were truly needed.

Grassley says companies that get public assistance should not be allowed to hide behind claims of proprietary information and the public should be able to see the details E-P-A used in granting the waivers.

Sioux City Council members are asking the city attorney to rework a proposed noise ordinance after local bar owners said it would hurt their businesses. There was some confusion about whether the ordinance would also apply to bars that play music on their own patios and even indoor events that would generate noise.081319 532