Cattlemen: U.S. Needs Trade Rep. That "Prioritizes Market Access, Tears Down Barriers"
WASHINGTON (March 14, 2017) -- Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef
Association, today released the following statement in response to the U.S.
Senate Finance Committee’s hearing on the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to
head the Office of United States Trade Representative:
“In order for America’s
ranching families to remain competitive, we need a government that
prioritizes market access and tears down barriers to trade in leading global
markets. The role of the U.S. Trade Representative has become critically more
important in recent years, especially as our competitors seek to secure
economic advantages through trade agreements with our top export markets,
such as Japan.
"Likewise, we need
a trade representative who understands the importance of abiding by rules-based
trade, who is willing to rigorously enforce agreements with our trading
partners, and who will work with the U.S. beef industry to address our many
unresolved barriers to trade. We look forward to learning more about Mr.
Lighthizer’s views on these important issues during the confirmation