Reichert Offers Comments at President’s Export Council

Sep 19, 2013 Issues: Trade

Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) attended the biannual meeting of the President’s Export Council this morning with cabinet members, state officials and business leaders to discuss with President Barack Obama the importance of our current trade negotiations as well as the need to renew Trade Promotion Authority.  Among other negotiations, the U.S. is currently negotiating trade agreements with 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the European Union (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

“As we talk about the importance of trade and trade agreements,” said Reichert, “we can no longer do so without discussing the need for Trade Promotion Authority, which ensures that Congress has a voice in trade negotiations. Just as our current trade negotiations have bipartisan support in Congress, so does the renewal of Trade Proportion Authority. I am committed to expanding trade opportunities for Washington workers, businesses, and farmers. Because these opportunities create and support jobs here at home.” 


BACKGROUND
Speaker John Boehner recognized Reichert’s advocacy when appointing him to serve on the PEC in May 2010: “Congressman Reichert has been a tireless and vocal advocate for opening new markets and approving pending free trade agreements – especially with Korea – that are critical to creating American jobs. Coming from a state where one in every three jobs is connected to trade, Congressman Reichert’s understanding of this issue will undoubtedly be of remarkable value. The President’s Export Council will be well-served by having Congressman Reichert’s credible presence at the table, speaking to the need for America to continue to engage new markets and to define and lead in the global economy.”

Reichert, a long-time, vocal advocate of free trade, led the fight in Congress in his role on the House Ways & Means Committee, the Trade subcommittee, and as a member of the Trade Working Group to urge the passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.