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Brady, Reichert Statements Following Trade Meeting at White House

February 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statements today after attending a trade meeting with President Trump and congressional leaders: 

“We had another productive meeting with President Trump today on how we can further strengthen America’s economy and improve lives through pro-growth trade policies,” Chairman Brady said. “With President Trump’s leadership on tax cuts and regulatory reform, our economy is growing stronger. Businesses are bringing jobs back home, workers are finally getting the pay raises they deserve, and Americans are seeing more investments in our local communities. 

“My goal is to continue those positive trends through strong trade agreements to improve the lives of America’s workers, consumers, and job creators. In particular, I will continue to work with President Trump to deliver a modernized NAFTA – one with tough obligations that are strictly enforced through effective and binding dispute settlement. I’m also committed to working with the President on narrow and targeted remedies that address China’s distortions without hurting other U.S. industries and workers.  

“President Trump understands the need for strong collaboration between Congress and the Administration given our Constitutional role in trade policy. I’m confident that together we will move forward with trade policies that benefit my constituents in Texas and Americans across the country.”

Chairman Reichert added: “I appreciated the opportunity to discuss with the President the importance of trade to my district and home state of Washington. It was a productive meeting, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration on an improved and updated NAFTA and holding China accountable for its unfair trade practices and overcapacity. In addressing these shared priorities, we should build upon the growth we have achieved through our tax reform efforts and take only those steps that increase the competitiveness of American businesses, workers, and farmers as they compete around the world and win. I am committed to getting these issues right for my constituents and those around the country who rely on an enforceable, high-standard NAFTA and whose products require access to steel and aluminum.”