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13 NEWS. GUY: CONGRESSMAN GARY PALMER
TALKING TRADE, CHINA, AND THE
ECONOMY, DURING SUMMER RECESS. SHERI: HE REPRESENTS THE AREA
STRETCHING FROM NORTH OF
BLOUNTSVILLE, SOUTH PAST
CLANTON, AND INCLUDES AREAS LIKE
GARDENDALE, PARTS OF HOOVER AND
VESTAVIA, CHELSEA, AND ALSO ALABASTER. NEW TONIGHT, HE SAT DOWN FOR AN
IN DEPTH CONVERSATION WITH WVTM
13’S IAN REITZ. IAN: TARIFFS AND THE ONGOING
TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. CONGRESSMAN GARY PALMER TELLS ME
THOSE TWO ISSUES ARE COMING UP
FROM CONSTITUENTS DURING THIS
SUMMER VISIT HOME. HE SAYS THIS IS MORE THAN A
TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. THIS IS ABOUT OUR NATION’S
FUTURE.>>WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS GO
THROUGH THE SHORT-TERM SUFFERING
INSTEAD OF LOOKING AT THE NEXT
90 DAYS, 90 DAY FUTURES, OR
LOOKING AT THE NEXT YEAR,
LOOKING AT THE NEXT 25 TO 50 YEARS. AND START CREATING AGREEMENTS
WITH OTHER NATIONS. IAN: THE CONGRESSMAN POINTS TO
THE RECENTLY NEGOTIATED
AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S., MEXICO,
AND CANADA, SAYING THAT
DEMONSTRATES A WILLINGNESS TO
STRIKE A REASONABLE TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NATIONS. HE’S HOPING FOR SIMILAR
AGREEMENTS WITH JAPAN, VIETNAM,
AND EVENTUALLY INDIA. BUT THE TARIFFS ARE IMPACTING
PEOPLE LIKE FARMERS HERE IN OUR
STATE. I ASKED HIM ABOUT THAT
SHORT-TERM EFFECT.>>SOME OF MY DISCUSSION WITH
DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT
PARTS OF THE ECONOMY, WHETHER IT
IS AGRO, BUSINESS, OR
MANUFACTURING, MORE PEOPLE
UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE AND IT IS IN OUR LONG-TERM BEST
INTEREST IF WE CAN ADAPT TO
SHORT-TERM CONSEQUENCES. THE LONG-TERM BENEFITS JUSTIFY
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO RIGHT NOW. IAN: CONGRESSMAN PALMER SAYS THE
CUT ECONOMY IS STRONG. HE WANTS THE U.S. TO CAPITALIZE
ON ITS OIL AND NATURAL GAS
RESERVES, CITING STUDIES THAT
SHOW THOSE EXPORTS WOULD MEAN
MAJOR GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS.>>THE U.S. IS AN ENERGY SUPER
POWER. WE HAVE OIL AND NATURAL GAS
RESERVES THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY
UNBELIEVABLE. AMOUNTS THAT WERE INCONCEIVABLE
JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION TO BE
THE LEADER IN EXPORTING OIL AND
NATURAL GAS. IAN: DURING OUR CONVERSATION,
THE CONGRESSMAN ALSO TALKED
ABOUT THE JOB MARKET. HE’S ENCOURAGED BY PROGRAMS LIKE
THE HOOVER CAREER TECH CENTER,
AIMED AT GETTING HIGH SCHOOLERS
READY FOR THE JOB MARKET RIGHT
BEFORE GRADUATION.>>GIVING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS A
CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE TO
DO AND MAKE A GOOD LIVING, BUT
ALSO GET THEIR HIGH SCHOOL
DIPLOMA. YOU HAVE HOOVER WITH THEIR
CAREER CENTER. IAN, YOU ARE GOING TO SEEK MORE
AND MORE OF THAT. IAN: WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT GUN
VIOLENCE, AND HOW LAWMAKERS CAN
TACKLE THAT ISSUE. MUCH MORE OF MY CONVERSATION
WITH CONGRESSMAN PALMER

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