House Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), along with Ways and Means Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), released the following statement after introducing a bipartisan resolution to boost trade in environmental goods and technologies and launch negotiations to complete a new environmental goods agreement:
“Promoting trade in environmental products, especially with countries with market-based economies and high labor and environmental standards, would boost American export opportunities, reduce global emissions, and help level the playing field for American workers.
“The United States is a global leader in cutting-edge technologies that reduce carbon emissions. Working with our allies and partners to expand trade in these products, with a view to negotiating a new environmental goods agreement, is an opportunity to create U.S. jobs, keep us competitive against China, and support U.S. allies.”
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Key Action Items in this Resolution:
- Encourage the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to engage with U.S. trade allies and identify U.S. goods that would have a positive impact on the environment if trade in those goods increased;
- Facilitate trade in environmental goods by updating the list of 303 environmental products that was developed during previous negotiations that ended in 2016;
- Launch negotiations to complete and implement an ambitious new environmental goods agreement with updated product coverage;
- Deepen engagement with allies by urging U.S. trading partners to take immediate action to remove barriers to environmental good imports from the United States.
- American technological ingenuity and innovation create jobs, strengthen U.S. green manufacturing, reduce carbon emissions, and improve the environment.
- Despite our technological and quality edge, the United States lags behind China and the EU in exports of environmental goods, in part due to tariffs and other barriers countries impose.
- Other countries have high tariffs on American-made clean technology products, which makes American products more expensive, discourages their use, and disadvantages U.S. manufacturers and workers.
- Launching new environmental goods agreement negotiations would support American workers and make American clean energy products competitive worldwide.