Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) submitted comments to the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of California newspapers asking it to reverse the countervailing and anti-dumping orders imposed by the Department of Commerce.
In the letter, Senator Harris requested that the Commission “take into full consideration the negative impacts of these tariffs on the newspaper industry, its employees and the communities that they serve.”
She went on to say, “my constituents have indicated that preliminary tariffs have led to reduced publication size and reductions in workforce. If these tariffs become permanent, this trend may become even more pronounced.”
Read the full text of the letter here.
CNPA staff met with the Senator Harris’s trade policy consultant while in Washington DC during the News Media Alliance’s (NMA) fly-in lobby day event in June to discuss the tariff threat and how the Senator could help.
CNPA has been working with the NMA, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and the STOPP Coalition who are asking the International Trade Commission (ITC) to reverse these tariffs when it votes on this trade case on August 29. The ITC is investigating whether imports of newsprint have caused or threaten to cause material injury to U.S. newsprint producers.