Reichert Speaks at President's Export Council Meeting

Jun 19, 2014 Issues: Trade

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) attended the biannual meeting of the President’s Export Council (PEC) this morning with cabinet members, state officials and business leaders to discuss with President Barack Obama the importance of our current trade negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), as well as the need to renew Trade Promotion Authority. 

“Today, I join in urging the President to engage and push for passage of TPA,” said Reichert.  “We already have legislation to renew and update TPA, and we should be working to build even greater support and momentum for its immediate passage. Every one of us in this room wants to secure the best deals possible in our current trade negotiations and bring them home; passage of this legislation is how we accomplish this. It is also how we reaffirm an important partnership between Members of Congress and the Administration.”

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.  He recently helped form the Friends of TPP Caucus to provide opportunities for bipartisan dialogue on the importance of this agreement, furthering understanding of what it could mean for different regions of the country and sectors of our economy.