MORRIS – Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, took part in a round-table discussion Friday at the Morris Municipal Services Facility with the Grundy Economic Development Council. He said the discussion focused on infrastructure and tax reform.
“We talked about what we’ve done and kind of what we’re looking forward to going ahead,” Kinzinger said.
In regard to Morris and Grundy County, he said the group discussed how President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan would affect the area.
He said the event gave him input on the needs of the area.
“One of the things I always hold true is my job is kind of a conduit in D.C.,” Kinzinger. “Unless I hear from people, it’s kind of tough to hear what’s going on.”
The big news of the week was tariffs levied by the Trump administration of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum.
Presented as a way to protect American industry by the administration, critics have said it would increase the cost of consumer goods for Americans and could spark a trade war with America’s trading partners.
Kinzinger said he hoped the president was using the tariffs for negotiations.
“It’s concerning, but I hope the president is using the tariffs to leverage better trade deals,” he said. “There’s no doubt, I think, that America is treated unfairly in a lot of trade. We allow equal access of goods in to our country but, a lot of times, it’s not the same in return.”
Kinzinger said he was concerned it could turn into a larger trade conflict and hurt manufacturers and agriculture.
“We’ve encouraged the president to be very surgical with what he’s doing,” he said.
Kinzinger began the day in Frankfort, where he received the Spirit of Enterprise award from the Illinois Chamber. He would spend Saturday in Rockford visiting a high school, an air medical base and the Rockford Airport Tower.