Hagedorn Fights for Fair Trade at the International Trade Commission Hearing

May 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) testified on the erosion of markets for U.S. quartz surface products and the impacts on hardworking Americans caused by the dumping of subsidized Chinese imports.

The International Trade Commission held a final injury hearing on Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty for imported quartz surface products to examine unfair trade practices. 

Hagedorn’s testimony followed remarks from Minnesota’s U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. As he spoke, Hagedorn affirmed their comments and recognized protecting Minnesota’s industry is a bipartisan effort. He also spoke of quartz industry leader, Cambria Company LLC, of Le Sueur, Minn., based in Minnesota’s First Congressional District.

The following are a portion of Hagedorn’s remarks:

“I support open and fair trade and I also agree that trade is two-way street in which we must ensure that our global trading partners are adhering to global trade rules. It certainly does not appear that Chinese quartz producers adhere to these rules – rather they choose to pursue channels that threaten U.S. companies and U.S. jobs.

“Cambria and its employees are great examples of what our country does best – American ingenuity, innovation and hard work that result in quality products for consumers here and abroad. I would like Cambria to continue to grow so it can expand its footprint and employ future generations of Minnesotans. However, in this current global economy, Cambria urgently needs a level playing field to be able to fairly compete and survive.”

Click the video to watch Hagedorn’s testimony.

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Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.