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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) today announced that the Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing on President Obama’s trade policy agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. The hearing will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2013, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 9:00 A.M.
In view of the limited time available to hear the witness, oral testimony at this hearing will be from the invited witness only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
International trade is an engine for growth and job creation in the United States. While the United States is the largest economy and trading nation in the world, 95 percent of the world’s consumers are abroad. Accordingly, the future success of American workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers is integrally tied with continuing America’s strong commitment to finding new markets and expanding existing ones for U.S. goods and services.
This hearing will provide an opportunity to explore with Ambassador Froman how the President’s trade agenda will create new and expanded opportunities for U.S. companies, workers, farmers and ranchers. Those opportunities include ongoing negotiations such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S.-EU Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations, as well as post-Doha negotiations at the World Trade Organization such as expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a trade facilitation agreement and a WTO agreement on environmental goods and services. The hearing will also explore the need for Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which the President has recently requested, in setting out Congressional objectives, consultation, and consideration of trade agreements. In addition, the hearing will examine important enforcement priorities, including trade restrictive practices and non-tariff barriers from major emerging economies that prevent U.S. companies from competing on a level playing field and various bilateral and multilateral trade disputes and concerns. Finally, Ambassador Froman’s testimony will provide an opportunity to discuss Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) negotiations with China, India, Pakistan and Mauritius, as well as new BITs and investment opportunities; discussions in other bilateral and multilateral forums; and the trade and investment relationship with new and emerging trading partners.
In announcing this hearing, Chairman Camp said, “Opening new markets and enforcing our trade rights support economic growth and job creation here in the United States. We are at a critical juncture to move forward aggressively on a number of trade fronts including negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with the European Union, as well as negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement. Trade Promotion Authority legislation is essential to concluding ongoing negotiations and providing important Congressional direction, particularly to the talks that are just now beginning. We must also continue to develop new trade and investment opportunities, and enforce our trading rights with important trading partners, including China, India, and Latin America, to maximize American competitiveness and ensure that we do not fall behind. The Administration’s active and engaged leadership is critical to achieving these goals.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will provide an opportunity to explore with Ambassador Froman current and future trade issues such as: (1) developing and passing of Trade Promotion Authority legislation; (2) seeking to conclude a successful Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement this year; (3) negotiating with the European Union for a comprehensive and ambitious trade and investment agreement; (4) negotiating a Trade in International Services Agreement that increases access for all sectors of our economy; (5) improving our important trade relationship with major emerging economies like China, India and Brazil, and addressing their trade barriers; (6) ensuring appropriate trade enforcement efforts; (7) advancing WTO negotiations, including “post-Doha” issues at the WTO such as Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion, a trade facilitation agreement and an agreement for trade in environmental goods and services; (8) negotiating Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with China and India and exploring new BITs and investment opportunities; and (9) establishing long-term, closer ties with important trading partners.
DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:
Please Note: Any person(s) and/or organization(s) wishing to submit for the hearing record must follow the appropriate link on the hearing page of the Committee website and complete the informational forms. From the Committee homepage, http://waysandmeans.house.gov, select “Hearings.” Select the hearing for which you would like to submit, and click on the link entitled, “Click here to provide a submission for the record.” Once you have followed the online instructions, submit all requested information. ATTACH your submission as a Word document, in compliance with the formatting requirements listed below, by the close of business on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Finally, please note that due to the change in House mail policy, the U.S. Capitol Police will refuse sealed-package deliveries to all House Office Buildings. For questions, or if you encounter technical problems, please call (202) 225-1721 or (202) 225-3625.
The Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record. As always, submissions will be included in the record according to the discretion of the Committee. The Committee will not alter the content of your submission, but we reserve the right to format it according to our guidelines. Any submission provided to the Committee by a witness, any supplementary materials submitted for the printed record, and any written comments in response to a request for written comments must conform to the guidelines listed below. Any submission or supplementary item not in compliance with these guidelines will not be printed, but will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
1. All submissions and supplementary materials must be provided in Word format and MUST NOT exceed a total of 10 pages, including attachments. Witnesses and submitters are advised that the Committee relies on electronic submissions for printing the official hearing record.
2. Copies of whole documents submitted as exhibit material will not be accepted for printing. Instead, exhibit material should be referenced and quoted or paraphrased. All exhibit material not meeting these specifications will be maintained in the Committee files for review and use by the Committee.
3. All submissions must include a list of all clients, persons and/or organizations on whose behalf the witness appears. A supplemental sheet must accompany each submission listing the name, company, address, telephone, and fax numbers of each witness.
The Committee seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202-225-1721 or 202-226-3411 TTD/TTY in advance of the event (four business days notice is requested). Questions with regard to special accommodation needs in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats) may be directed to the Committee as noted above.
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