"This data shows the trade war has done lasting damage to the American economy," said former Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana, a Republican who is the campaign's spokesman. "Regardless of what comes of negotiations, punishing ourselves by taxing our own businesses and consumers with tariffs has been a clear mistake. The $12.8 billion paid in tariffs is money out of Americans' pockets, and when it's combined with billions in exports lost to retaliation and billions more that was never invested because of business uncertainty, the staggering cost of the trade war begins to sink in."
"The other side says that these unemployment benefits stretching to almost two years are needed and must be added to the $13 trillion debt, even as they claim their trillion-dollar stimulus plan has been a success at creating millions of jobs," said Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La. "It makes you wonder if they're looking at the same jobs data as the rest of us."