State Technology Associations Urge Congress to Roll Back Tariffs

On behalf of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and our State Tech Council Alliance Partners (the undersigned technology organizations around the country), we urge Congress to act now to roll back the ill-conceived tariffs that have a significant impact on American technology companies. We also urge the U.S. to continue negotiations with China to advance our shared goal of changing China’s harmful trade practices.

 

August 2, 2018

 

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan                          Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

The House of Representatives                                   U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20510

 

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi                Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer

The House of Representatives                                 U.S. Senate

Washington, D.C. 20515                                          Washington, D.C. 20510

 

Dear Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:

 

On behalf of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and our State Tech Council Alliance Partners (the undersigned technology organizations around the country), we urge Congress to act now to roll back the ill-conceived tariffs. We also urge the U.S. to continue negotiations with China to advance our shared goal of changing China’s harmful trade practices.

 

There is no doubt that tariffs and the continued gamesmanship over trade will create irreparable harm to America’s tech companies, the 11.5 million Americans that work in tech occupations, and the millions of consumers who rely on affordable technology in their daily lives. Tariffs on imported goods from China will result in higher costs for American manufacturers and suppliers, decrease the overall global competitiveness of U.S.-based tech firms and create real harm to the overall U.S. economy.

 

Tech companies are a key driver of the United States’ current economic growth, with the industry accounting for about 7.2 percent of the overall U.S. economy and tech exports directly supporting more than 800,000 American jobs, according to our research. In the Asia and Pacific region, China is the largest market for U.S. tech exports, and U.S. tech exports to China reached an estimated $19 billion in 2016, an increase of approximately 3.9 percent year-over-year since 2007.

 

Yet, the Administration’s tariff lists include technology products such as integrated circuits, semiconductor devices, thermometers, motion sensors, electronic testing tools, printer parts, connected devices, networking equipment, hard disk drives, among others. Many of these products are designed, developed, and manufactured in the United States by innovative U.S. companies, and are being used in innovative ways by U.S. consumers to enhance their security, productivity and health. Imposing duties on these U.S. manufactured products will be counterproductive to consumers and companies. The U.S. government should not punish American companies with a tax. This is a misguided and ineffective attempt to change China’s policies.

 

The harm these tariffs represent is no longer theoretical. Already, our companies and U.S. consumers are facing higher costs, and we fear that continued threats to levy additional duties are likely to become a reality. There is a better way to achieve the results the Administration is seeking.

 

As representatives of thousands of technology companies of all sizes who are impacted by the Administration’s use of tariffs in its trade dispute with China, we urge you to find a solution that reverses these tariffs before they cause any more harm to our economy and U.S. competitiveness around the world.

 

There is no doubt our trade agreements need to be updated, and China needs to be held accountable for its unfair and illegal practices. But rather than imposing tariffs that punish American companies, workers, and consumers, the U.S. should develop a sensible negotiating strategy that can more effectively address the longstanding trade challenges with China and that includes collaboration with our allies who face the same challenges in China.

 

Sincerely,


Elizabeth Hyman                                                                                        Brooks Raiford 

Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy                                              Chairman, Public Policy Committee 

CompTIA                                                                                                    TECNA

                                                                                         

 

Alabama

Tech Birmingham

Arizona

Arizona Technology Council (AZTC)

California

California Technology Council (CTC)

CONNECT

Tech San Diego

Colorado

Colorado Technology Association

Connecticut

Connecticut Technology Council (CTC)

Idaho

Idaho Tech Council (ITC)

Illinois

Illinois Technology Association (ITA)

Iowa

Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)

Kentucky

Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK)

Maryland

Maryland Tech Council

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)

Missouri

KC Tech Council

Minnesota

Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

Montana

Montana High Tech Business Alliance

New Hampshire

New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC)

New Jersey

New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC)

New Mexico

New Mexico Technology Council

New York

NY Tech Alliance

North Carolina

North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA)

North Dakota

Technology Council of North Dakota

Ohio

OHTech

Oregon

Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies

Pittsburgh Technology Council

Tennessee

Chattanooga Technology Council

Nashville Technology Council

Texas

Austin Technology Council (ATC)

Tech Titans

Utah

Utah Technology Council

Washington

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Technology Council

 

 

Cc: Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch

Ways and Means Ranking Member Richard Neal

Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden
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