U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE IS ‘SYMPATHETIC’ ON BIKES FOR BEEF TARIFF ISSUE, BUT WON’T TAKE ACTION
Tell USTR and Congress you want action, not sympathy!
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a congressional committee that he is “sympathetic” to American motorcyclists, dealerships and others, but he cannot remove small-displacement European motorcycles from a proposed import tariff while negotiations continue in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef imports.
Lighthizer addressed the issue before the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a question from U. S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). He said that he had heard from motorcyclists and from the motorcycle industry. The exchange between Renacci and Lighthizer starts at 2:01:00 of this video.
Tell Lighthizer we need action, not sympathy!
Use the American Motorcyclist Association’s convenient tools to urge the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw this ill-conceived proposal to enact a 100 percent tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles from the European Union. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef.
If enacted, this tariff will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.
The time is now to voice our continued, strong opposition to the proposal. America’s motorcyclists aren’t pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.
Tell Ambassador Lighthizer and Congress to remove motorcycles from the proposed tariff. Make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA Action Alert. Share with your friends on Facebook.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.