Reichert, Brady, Hatch, Neal, Wyden Introduce Resolution in Support of APEC

May 18, 2017 Issues: Trade

Washington, DC –Today, House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA), Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced resolution, S. Con. Res. 16 and H. Con. Res. 54, expressing support for stronger relations between the United States and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

“Our engagement with APEC countries has led to increased trade with a growing region of the world and the creation of jobs here at home,” said Rep. Reichert. “For decades, we have worked with APEC to strengthen our economic ties with the Asia-Pacific, and for my home state these ties are critical to the success of our economy.  I am proud to join with my colleagues to reiterate my support for the importance of APEC to grow trade, increase standards, and create jobs."

The resolution notes that “trade and investment between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region has created new commercial opportunities and jobs in the United States.”

The resolution also states that “strengthening trade and investment between the United States and other APEC members and addressing tariff and nontariff barriers to United States exports has the potential to benefit United States businesses, manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, workers, and consumers.” 

The resolution calls for continued U.S. engagement with APEC in “promoting economic growth through the adoption of rules-based policies to strengthen trade and investment between the United States and other APEC members.” 

APEC is a forum for 21 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean to promote trade liberalization and investment between Asia-Pacific countries. The United States is a founding member. The Asia-Pacific trade ministers are scheduled to meet this weekend in Vietnam.

The full text of the resolution is below and can be found here.

Expressing support for strengthening engagement between the United States and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Whereas the United States and the other members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (in this preamble referred to as “APEC”) have, since 1989, worked collaboratively to advance commercial and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region;

Whereas the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 41 percent of the world’s population, 54 percent of the world’s gross domestic product, and 44 percent of the world’s trade;

Whereas expanding trade and investment between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region has created new commercial opportunities and jobs in the United States;

Whereas United States businesses in the Asia-Pacific region face obstacles to doing business in the region as a result of tariff and nontariff barriers, including discriminatory policies and regulations;

Whereas strengthening trade and investment between the United States and other APEC members and addressing tariff and nontariff barriers to United States exports has the potential to benefit United States businesses, manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, workers, and consumers;

Whereas APEC was established as a regional economic forum to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific region to create greater prosperity for the people of the region and serves as a forum for the United States to address business concerns, promote high standards, and facilitate economic growth in the region;

Whereas APEC contributes to United States economic policies that promote fairness, due process, and the rule of law by supporting trade rules embodied in the World Trade Organization (in this preamble referred to as the “WTO”) and the establishment of new WTO commitments, developing model measures for high quality trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region, encouraging coherence in regulations and standards in the region, and encouraging policies to promote development of the digital economy; and

Whereas the APEC Leaders’ Meeting in November 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam, and preparatory meetings at the ministerial level, including the meeting in May 2017 of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, provide important opportunities to demonstrate to the world the commitment of the United States to increasing prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific region: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that—

(1) the continuing success of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (in this resolution referred to as “APEC”) is in the national economic interest of the United States;

(2) APEC should be a part of the diplomatic and economic strategy of the United States for the Asia-Pacific region; and

(3) the United States should continue to engage APEC in promoting economic growth through the adoption of rules-based policies to strengthen trade and investment between the United States and other APEC members.