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Date: 3/14/2017

Title: 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 process.”


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