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(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after Mexico announced that it is responding to the U.S. proposal to negotiate an end to the Mexican tariffs by not adding any more goods or changing the list. However, the Mexican government plans to continue levying a tariff on all products currently on the list. Last week, Murray called on the Mexican government to halt all tariffs now that the Administration has released an initial proposal.  

“This response by the Mexican government is inadequate and deeply unfair to Washington state farmers. The United States put a proposal on the table, and Mexico should have responded by ending all punitive tariffs immediately.

“By maintaining the tariffs on Washington state products like potatoes and apples, Mexico is continuing to punish farmers and growers in my home state who have absolutely nothing to do with this dispute.

“These damaging tariffs are devastating our local agricultural industry. And now that an initial proposal has been put forward in good faith, it is up to the Mexican government to put an end to them.

“Mexico’s attempt at a ‘show of goodwill’ demonstrates that they believe the U.S. proposal has a path forward.

“So I call on the Mexican government to truly demonstrate good will and end the tariffs that are devastating farmers and growers in Washington state and across the country.”

  • On January 6, 2011, Murray praised an announcement by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood that the Administration will be moving forward with a proposal to negotiate an end to the Mexican tariffs on agricultural products in Washington state and across the country. Murray also called on the Mexican government to immediately end their tariffs now that a proposal has been put forward. 

  • On September 28, 2010, Murray brought Secretary LaHood to Washington state to meet with local growers so that he could hear first-hand about the devastating effects Mexican tariffs are having on the state’s agriculture industry.

  • On July 26, 2010, she included language in a key Senate spending bill that calls on the administration to put forward a plan that would end retaliatory tariffs on Washington state agricultural products by October 1, 2010.

  • On May 28, 2010, Murray sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him move forward with a plan to end Mexican tariffs that have had a devastating impact on the Washington state agricultural industry. Murray sent the letter after President Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. During the meeting, the two presidents discussed the tariffs Mexico has placed on U.S. products. Mexico has targeted eighty-seven Washington state products in this dispute and hundreds of jobs have been lost.

  • Prior to the meeting between President Obama and Mexican President Calderon, Senator Murray sent a President a letter urging him to use the meeting as an opportunity to work to end Mexican tariffs that have had a devastating impact on the Washington state farmers and families.  She has also spoken with senior White House officials to reemphasize that point.

  • On May 4, 2010 Senator Murray met with the Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan to discuss the impact of Mexican tariffs on Washington state families, jobs, and agriculture industry. Murray urged the Mexican government to end the retaliatory tariffs that are harming Washington state families, and to use Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. as an opportunity to resolve the differences.

  • In early March, at a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray pushed Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to move faster on a plan to resume cross-border trucking with Mexico, urging him to resolve the situation to save American jobs while ensuring the safety of the public at large.

  • In October 2009, Senator Murray hosted a meeting between Washington state farmers and Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari to make sure he understood the local impact of the retaliatory tariffs.  In April of that year, she joined a bipartisan Senate letter to the Obama Administration urging the end of these punitive tariffs.