For Immediate Release
Contact: Joshua Baca

March 21, 2018

Americans For Farmers & Families Statement Following House Ways & Means Committee Hearing On Trade

(Washington, D.C.) – Americans for Farmers & Families today released the following statement from Joshua Baca following the Ways & Means Committee hearing to discuss American trade policy with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

“We’re encouraged  that Members of Congress like Rep. Brady (R-TX), Rep. Long (R-MO), and Rep. Johnson (R-TX) have raised the importance of NAFTA to the American economy and the need to renegotiate a modernized deal that protects and strengthens our food and agricultural industries. We have confidence that Trade Representative Lighthizer and other members will continue to be allies of  forty-three million American that rely on NAFTA related jobs.”

“Chairman Brady said in his opening statement that NAFTA is ‘the largest and most successful trading relationship in the world,’ and Americans for Farmers and Families could not agree more. Since taking effect, food and agriculture exports with NAFTA partners have more than quadrupled and account for 25 percent of total American exports – supporting $127 billion in annual economic activity. We should build on this success rather than jeopardize it with retaliatory tariffs or leaving the deal entirely.

“Farmers are counting on President Trump and Congress to have their back and deliver on a better NAFTA deal, and we believe it is absolutely critical the administration listen to the agricultural community and not reverse course on any progress that has been made to help our farmers.”