UP visit by US House candidate

HOUGHTON — Matt Morgan, a Democratic challenger for Michigan’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, backs President Trump in at least one area: his new proposal for tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, which Morgan said would benefit mining in the area. He did criticize the “extremely clumsy” rollout from the White House, which he said could harm existing trade relationships.

“We cannot risk a trade war that would hurt Michigan farmers,” Morgan said during an interview with the Daily Mining Gazette Friday. “We have to be working with our trade partners and having reasonable conversations about this going forward.”

Another piece of protecting steel production in America is finding money to fix the Soo Locks, he said. The four locks, which turn 50 this year, allow the passage of about 80 million tons of cargo annually.

“That is critical infrastructure, and we have to repair those locks and get them modernized or else we are accepting too much risk to our steel industry,” he said. 

On addressing gun violence, Morgan said he approaches the situation as a veteran, gun owner and a father. Based on the failure of prior bills, any solution will have to be broadly bipartisan, he said.

“I do not see any hope that this Congress — Jack Bergman, (House Speaker) Paul Ryan — will bring anything to the floor,” he said. “We have to be willing to have a meaningful conversation throughout this race and look at what the potential solutions are to decreasing our mass shootings, the frequency and scope of these shootings. I think there are ways we can approach it without infringing on the rights of law-abiding, responsible gun owners.”

Morgan planned to visit Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and the Keweenaw National Historical Park headquarters before attending the start of the Copper Dog 150 in Calumet Friday night. 

“The whole history and heritage of this area, it’s just fascinating,” he said.