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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Democratic Leader of the Maine State Senate Appreciates Congressman Bruce Poliquin for Fighting Unfair Foreign Trade

December 7, 2017
Press Release
Democratic State Rep. Troy Jackson commented on Poliquin's efforts during an interview with WAGM-8 in Presque Isle

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Leader of the Maine State Senate, Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), said this week he appreciates Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) for his successful efforts to fight against illegal and unfair foreign trade, resulting in a sweeping decision by the Nation’s top trade officials to impose tariffs on Chinese imports and level the playing field for 161 workers in Maine.

 

WAGM-8 in Presque Isle reported the story HERE.

 

In a sweeping 4-0 vote, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Nation’s top federal trade officials, ruled in favor of Maine forest products jobs against illegal Chinese subsidies, after Congressman Poliquin strongly implored them to do so at a hearing in October.

 

The ITC’s unanimous ruling activates significant tariffs on the imports of Chinese hardwood plywood, helping to level the playing field for American and Maine wood products manufacturers.

 

“On behalf of the 161 Columbia Forest Products employees in Presque Isle, Maine, we are both thrilled and thankful with the results at the ITC. This victory for American manufacturing is in no small part due to the tireless support of Congressman Poliquin,” said Gary Gillespie, Vice President of Northern Operations for Columbia Forest Products, based in Presque Isle.

 

In October, Congressman Poliquin joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers to testify in-person at the ITC, where he implored the trade officials to act on hardwood dumping by Chinese companies that adversely impact American competitors from Maine and elsewhere across our Nation.