Mexican tariffs touchy issue for Tennessee Republicans and Democrats

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – “I am very concerned and very interested on the impact on jobs here,” said Republican Governor Bill Lee earlier this week. 

“This is not a partisan issue,” says Nashville U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. “Most Republicans in the U-S Senate are against the president on this.”

That would include retiring Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander who is against the 5-percent Mexican tariff that would escalate to 25-percent by October. 

Car parts coming across the Mexican border for the state’s big GM, Nissan, and VW plants would be more expensive with the tariff that many just call a tax.

“Often times these parts will actually cross the border several times and no one really knows whether the president is going to hammer them with that 5-percent tax each time they cross the border,” added Rep. Cooper.

While Governor Lee sees worries about the tariffs effects, he sees what the president is trying to do.

“I am also interested in what the president is doing to strengthen the trade imbalances that exist in our country and that is his effort to do so, but at the same time really concerned about the impacts.” the governor said earlier this week.

Other items like fruits, vegetables, and jeans could become more costly because they are a top import from Mexico   

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