Nebraska Senator Sasse discusses China, tariffs at Bellevue roundtable


BELLEVUE, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The trade dispute between the United States and China has some people wondering how it will impact them. The conflict centers around taxes on imports, and there's a long list of items that will be affected.

"Our economy is dependent upon being able to feed the world," said Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse while attending a roundtable discussion in Bellevue.

A crowd gathered at a farm Wednesday to hear this thoughts about the issue.

"A trade war is stupid and a trade was is painful," said the senator.

At the heart of the conflict are tariffs. After President Trump's administration unveiled plans to put forth taxes on $50 billion in Chinese imports Tuesday, China fired back with its own $50 billion tax plan. Items like soybeans and corn would be impacted.

"Nervous and anxious," said Dan Wesley, the president of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. "You just don't know how long that's going to last."

Not everybody, however, is nervous and and anxious about what's going on.

"We're just in the beginning stages of all of the negotiations," said Carol Hudkins, the wife of a farmer. "I think President Trump brings out the big guns and then backs off. He'll say this is what we're going to do, but if we can talk than maybe we can reach some kind of agreement."

If an agreement isn't reached, however, Senator Sasse says that doesn't do anybody any good.

"We need the administration to hear clearly from the people who are feeding the world, why they want to keep feeding the world. They want the government and its trade wars and its tariffs to stay out of the way," said the senator.

Soybeans and corn aren't the only items that would be impacted by tariffs. Cars, airplanes and beef are also on that list.

It's still not clear when the tariffs would take effect if they take effect at all.

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