The Ripon Advance: Ways and Means Committee members discuss top priorities for U.S. trade policy in hearing

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Washington, June 26, 2017 | comments

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee pressed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on their concerns regarding the U.S. trade agenda last week, issues that ranged from agricultural exports and digital trade policy to aluminum and steel investigations that could impact manufacturing jobs.

Committee members U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN) were among those who discussed American trade policy under the Trump administration with Lighthizer during Thursday’s hearing.

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Curbelo raised concerns about the impact of trade agreements on farmers from his congressional district in South Florida, noting that Miami-Dade County is among the largest ag-producing counties in the country.

“Most people think about our beaches, and we are very proud of those, but we also have a very robust ag-industry in South Florida,” Curbelo said. ”We have avocados, mangos, tomatoes and many other specialty crops which can be grown year-round. So as we renegotiate NAFTA, which I support, I am concerned with how the deal will affect our farmers across the country. We know a lot of farmers have benefitted greatly from NAFTA, however the story is a little bit different in South Dade.”

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