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Ernst doesn't see a trade deal happening this summer

Posted On: May 26, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Ernst doesn't see a trade deal happening this summer

Although Sen. Joni Ernst would love to see a trade deal with China this summer, she doesn't see it happening just yet, she said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union.” “This is a really difficult situation that the farmers are in,” the Iowa Republican told host Dana Bash. “And just to remind the viewers, 1 in 5 jobs in Iowa is tied directly to trade, most of that around the farming sector, our agricultural sector. So it is very tense times, but as we have heard from our farmers, they do want us to find a path forward with China.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it would provide $16 billion to farmers who have been affected by retaliatory tariffs, with the majority of that funding going directly to farmers producing a wide range of crops and livestock. “The tariffs are hurtful right now, but the president will continue negotiating,” Ernst said. “We hope that we can get a deal soon but, to put it best - I think it came from a farmer in Iowa after one of our farmer roundtables - he...

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