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Republican Dusty Johnson, through his campaign for congress, has released a three point plan to address trade for farmers if elected to congress.  The plan calls for three specific actions that Johnson says will help short-term and long-term farming stability.  Those changes are; increase negotiating force, boost domestic demand for commodities, require authorization for some future tariffs.

Johnson has been criticized by his opponents, specifically Democrat Tim Bjorkman, for failing to stand up for South Dakota farmers as billions of dollars in tariffs are currently dragging down commodity prices and demand.  Despite the criticism, Johnson says he is a free trade guy and now the US needs to be in it for the long haul…

 

 

 

Johnson believes the goal is to be tariff free and to allow more market access when this trade war plays itself out.  When that finally happens, Johnson sees a role congress can take up to help repair damaged trade relationships…

 

 

Johnson also talked about leadership in the House of Representatives.  Current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is stepping down at the end of his term in January and new leadership will need to be named.  That is if Republicans can keep control of the house come the November midterm elections.  Johnson described the kind of person he would want to see the new leader of the Republican caucus in the house be…

 

 

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