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Reichert Announces Trade Subcommittee Hearing on Expanding U.S. Digital Trade and Eliminating Barriers to U.S. Digital Exports

July 06, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled, “Expanding U.S. Digital Trade and Eliminating Barriers to U.S. Digital Exports” on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:00 AM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building. The hearing will highlight how high-standard and ambitious digital trade provisions in U.S. trade agreements can, if thoroughly implemented and fully enforced, open markets to U.S. exports and benefit U.S. businesses of all sizes that rely on digital trade.

Upon announcing the hearing, Chairman Reichert said:

“Innovative businesses of all sizes make the United States the world’s largest digital exporter. In order for America to remain the leader in this field, we must continue to knock down barriers imposed by other countries on our digital exports. 

“Trade agreements are an important tool to make sure our exporters and their employees can compete on a level playing field and win – as long as these agreements are done right and are enforced. We have a responsibility to negotiate strong trade agreements that create high standards and force our competitors to fully live up to their obligations.

“I look forward to discussing how large and small U.S. businesses can benefit from digital trade to grow their businesses and create jobs and more opportunities for Americans.” 

The hearing will focus on:

  • U.S. successes as the world’s leading digital exporter, including job creation and economic growth;
  • Foreign trade barriers faced by U.S. digital exports; and
  • How current and future trade agreements and other efforts can reduce those barriers.