Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), co-chair and founder of the Congressional Wine Caucus, lauded the decision by the United States Trade Representative not to increase tariffs on wine imports, a revision for which Thompson fought. A statement from Thompson is below.
“The revised tariffs are a huge win for our American wine community. While I disagree with the current 25 percent rate, I applaud the Ambassador for not instituting additional levels. Ensuring that wine tariffs do not increase from the current status is something I have been fighting for since December as such an increase would harm our American wine community, putting jobs and local economies at risk. I wrote to the Ambassador asking him to take this important step and I am glad to see it put into place today. This is a win for our wine community. It will benefit everyone from consumers to vineyard workers. I will continue to fight to keep wine off the next list of potential tariff increases.”