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  LaTourette Attributes Flip-Flop on CAFTA to tariff that no one pays
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Last EditedRP  Aug 10, 2005 07:02pm
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News DateWednesday, August 10, 2005 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionKraftMaid builds kitchen cabinets in Middlefield, and for that it needs wood.

So when U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette said he suddenly learned that the company had been socked with tariffs on Central American plywood -- and that they jeopardized the company's jobs in Ohio -- he decided to vote for a controversial trade pact to eliminate those tariffs.

"Absolutely," he said after the vote two weeks ago, confirming that his motivation was solely to protect KraftMaid jobs.

One problem: No U.S. company has to pay tariffs on plywood from Central America, according to trade records reviewed by The Plain Dealer and interviews with industry and trade officials.
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