US Senator Chuck Grassley Looks to President Trump To End Tariff Problem, Sanders Visit, SPM, 4:32

May 1, 2019

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Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley says Congress won't consider a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada until President Donald Trump lifts tariffs that have prompted other countries to take actions that have hurt U.S. farmers.

Speaking today with reporters, Grassley said Trump must end steel and aluminum tariffs before Congress will ratify a United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Farmers in Iowa and across the country have been hurt by reciprocal tariffs placed on agricultural products, including pork and soybeans.

Grassley says tariffs also could hinder efforts at a trade deal with China.

an April survey of business supply managers suggests there will be solid economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.

The report issued today says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 55.9 last month from 58.2 in March.  Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says finding and hiring qualified workers remained the chief threat to the manufacturing economy for the region.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will make his first Sioux City presidential campaign stop of the 2020 cycle on Sunday.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, his campaign announced Tuesday.  Sanders previously appeared in the city several times in 2015 and 2016 when also running for president.