Gerald Ford on Free Trade
President of the U.S., 1974-1977; Republican Rep. (MI)
Reluctantly, I suspended the Soviet grain sales. My Administration had urged farmers to increase their production and they had responded with record yield. Here we were telling them not to sell what they had produced. They were outraged, but I didn't feel that I had any alternative. The American farmer would be far better off if we could reach a long-term understanding with the Soviets [with guaranteed tonnage] and at least 1/3 of tonnage carried in American ships. [When the Soviets agreed on both points], I lifted the grain embargo and the long-shoreman loaded grain again.
Congressional Summary: Provides for the duty-free entry of designated hollow reinforcing bars under the Tariff Act of 1930.
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