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Lawmakers say No to Potential EU-U.S. Trade Agreement Without Agriculture

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is demanding the Trump Administration force the European Union to include agriculture in upcoming trade talks. A group of 114 lawmakers, organized in part by Indiana Republican Jackie Walorski (IN-2), penned a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stating, “an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable.” The U.S. and EU recently reached a tentative agreement to allow the U.S. access to the EU hormone-free beef quota, but the EU is pushing back against talking ag in a broader trade negotiation.

The group of lawmakers say any agreement between the EU and the U.S. without agriculture “would be deficient, significantly jeopardizing Congressional support.” USTR Lighthizer does seem to agree, telling lawmakers earlier this week that the U.S. “cannot have a trade deal with the EU without agriculture,” adding “we’re at a stalemate and we’ll see how that develops.” The letter was organized by House Republicans Walorksi and Virginia Foxx, along with House Democrats Ron Kind and Angie Craig.

Joining Walorski in signing the letter from Indiana were House Republicans Susan Brooks (IN-5), Jim Banks (IN-3), Jim Baird (IN-4), and Larry Bucshon (IN-8).