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Rubio Leads Bipartisan Push to Probe Mexican Produce ‘Flood’

  • Florida politicians’ request to trade agency opens tariff door
  • Petition comes ahead of midterm elections in November
Marco Rubio
Marco RubioPhotographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Florida asked the US trade agency to investigate what they called a “flood” of fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico, saying it poses a direct threat to the state’s agricultural industry. 

Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, together with more than 20 representatives, filed a petition to open an investigation using the same law that former President Donald Trump used to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of imports from China.