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Chinese officials today announced tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods.  The US and China have struggled to sign a trade deal and end a widening trade war.  

Iowa’s 4thdistrict congressman Steve King says he is disappointed that the US and China couldn’t reach a deal.  King says supports President Trump’s efforts to equalized trade with China, but he is concerned about the effects on farmers.

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China announced today that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in retaliation for the U.S. decision to hike duties on Chinese goods.  President Donald Trump raised duties on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10%. The world’s two largest economies have struggled to sign a trade deal.  Iowa’s 4thdistrict congressman Steve King says he is disappointed that the US and China couldn’t reach a deal and understands the distress of farmers.  King says that’s why he is pushing hard for President Trump to approve the China trade deal.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds may soon face a lawsuit over a provision she signed into law.  It would restrict publicly-funded health insurance from covering surgeries for transgender Iowans. If she approves a bill that restricts the attorney general’s authority, a lawsuit will likely follow that, too. 

Several new laws in recent years have faced court challenges, and some have been struck down.

Asked why this seems to be happening a lot, Reynolds says it’s part of the process.

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Republican Governor Kim Reynolds says she signed a provision into law that would restrict publicly-funded health insurance from covering surgeries for transgender Iowans because that’s how it was before.

Republican lawmakers passed the provision in response to an Iowa Supreme Court decision pointing out Medicaid must cover transition-related surgeries under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Reynolds signed it into law last week.  

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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.

Welcome to The Exchange on SPM. I’m MH.  This week, we presented a live edition of The Exchange at the Sioux City Public Library. The topic was the effect of tariffs on agricultural and industrial products.  Those tariffs were issued in retaliation for tariffs President Donald Trump announced a little over a year ago.  Those tariffs focused on China but affected other countries like Canada as well.   

My guests were:

Dave Bernstein, Sioux City,  Co-Owner of State Steel, Sioux City

Dr. Sam Funk,  Head of Analytics and Research at the Iowa Farm Bureau





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Coming up on The Exchange, we learn about the changes made in the state’s child welfare system in how it works with Native American foster children.  


Also, a constitutional lawyer talks about the role of often embattled special prosecutors.