For Immediate Release
Contact: Joshua Baca
Missouri Congressional Members Send Letter To U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer Expressing Importance of Free Trade, NAFTA
(Washington, D.C.) – Recently, 8 members of Congress sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, expressing the importance of free trade agreements to the agriculture industry and to encourage the Administration to fight for export deals that benefit the U.S. agriculture sector, specifically in Missouri. The letter comes amid President Trump’s announcement to increase steet and aluminum tariffs.
“With an economic impact of $88 billion, the importance of the agriculture industry to the state of Missouri cannot be overstated. A large portion of this impact is attributed to our exports and the jobs agriculture creates. In 2016, Missouri producers exported $3.63 billion in toal food and agriculture products. The agriulutre industry in Missouri directly and indirectly supports nearly 956,500 jobs, according to Americans for Farmers and Families.”
The 8 Congressional Members make up the entire bipartisan Missouri delegation. Signers of the letter include Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Ann Wagner, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Emanuel Cleaver II, Jason Smith and Wm. Lacy Clay.
Click here to read the letter in its entirety.