Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver ranked fifth in the House when it comes to granting tariff relief.
Cleaver, the Kansas City Democrat, sponsored 21 tariff breaks during the current Congress all for Bayer's Crop Protection division in his district. The Washington Post conducted the rankings analysis.
According to the Post, tariff relief is a largely unknown congressional tool that allows companies to skip paying tariffs, which are taxes levied on products and materials shipped to the U.S. from abroad.
The breaks granted to Bayer were for chemicals that are processed in KC into pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers for farmers. Cleaver's office said all of the chemicals have to be imported.
"Essentially Congressman Cleaver sees these bills as a way to help the 800 workers at the Bayer plant, here in the district, get the raw materials they need cheaper," a spokesman said.
Critics, though, say the practice is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions in lost revenue. And yes, Bayer contributed $2,000 to Cleaver's re-election campaign.
Posted by Steve Kraske