Below is the full letter Tim wrote to the Rapid City Journal. The editorial was published on October 2, 2018.
Dusty reverses himself on tariffs
Dusty Johnson has reversed his position on tariffs: he now agrees with me that Congress
should end the statutory authorization the president acted under in imposing steel and
But Dusty didn’t leave it there. He then claimed — in an opinion piece in the Journal —
that I urged Congress to unilaterally remove those tariffs. Now, Dusty knows Congress
can’t undo tariffs that already have been put in place under its grant of authority. So when
he makes that claim about me, he’s telling you something he knows isn’t true.
The fact is, I called on Congress to end that grant of presidential authority to impose
tariffs in early April, long before the first of them was imposed. Dusty disagreed back
then, claiming then Congress would make it too political.
The Founders provided in the Constitution that only Congress can impose tariffs, which
are a tax, believing no one person — not even a president — should possess the power to
tax. We must combat trade violations the
right way: in a deliberate, methodical manner — and with congressional approval.
South Dakota needs and deserves a strong, independent voice in Congress who will fight
for us with conviction. I’ll be that voice.