Rep. TJ Cox Statement on Trump Border Threat Decimating Dairy Producers

April 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to the U.S. Dairy Council’s warning that President Trump’s promise to seal the border would decimate dairy producers, already suffering from the President’s trade wars, Congressman TJ Cox released the following statement:

“Our dairy industry is already bearing the brunt of the President’s unfair and devastating trade war – and his threat to close one of the biggest markets for our dairy exporters would make things even worse.

“Enough is enough. These misguided threats by the President and his Administration are making our farmers and ranchers poorer, and the Central Valley less prosperous.

“We cannot and should not negotiate with our countries by using the livelihoods of our farmers and ranchers as bargaining chips.”

BACKGROUND

  • California’s 21st Congressional District is the number one dairy producing district in the country
  • Half of California’s dairy exports are destined for Mexico