Peterson Votes No on Impeachment/Cautiously Optimistic on Trade Deal

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(Learfield News Service/Washington, DC) — Congressman Collin Peterson was the sole Democrat voting “no” as the U-S House sent articles of impeachment against President Trump to the U-S Senate.

The Minnesota Democrat also voted against moving forward with impeachment proceedings last month.

Preliminaries for Trump’s impeachment trial begin today in the Senate (Thursday 11a-m).

Senator Chuck Grassley is scheduled to swear in Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at 1 p-m.

The White House does not expect a trial to last longer than two weeks.

Peterson Wednesday was cautiously optimistic about a new trade deal that was signed with the Chinese, but criticized the trade war and tariffs that went into place nearly 3 years ago.

Peterson chairs the House Ag Committee, and after President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the first phase of a trade deal between the two countries, issued a statement saying “My district produces everything from dairy, meat and poultry, to feed and pet food, to alfalfa and ethanol. This agreement appears to include positive structural changes and commitments that could increase access to the Chinese market for those and other products produced in districts across the country.”

Peterson praised the work done by trade and USDA staff, and wonders if China will abide by the rules in the agreement.

He also said he’s concerned the U.S. won’t get back to the trade level lost during the tariff and trade war that began in 2017 which he says has depressed prices, increased costs and reduced the number of customers for Minnesota crops.

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