WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Opportunities to Expand U.S. Trade Relationships in the Asia-Pacific Region.” The hearing will examine the significant opportunities for U.S. manufacturers, services providers, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, workers, and consumers in the Asia-Pacific region and explore how to expand and improve our access to the markets in the region through existing and new trade agreements. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, October 11, in room 1100 Longworth House Office Building at 10:00 AM.
Upon announcing the hearing, Chairman Reichert said:
“The United States has many close allies and major trading partners throughout the Asia-Pacific region, creating good jobs back in the United States. Many U.S. exporters already have great success in these markets, but they also face a wide range of barriers to accessing them. Given the size, increasing number of consumers, and strategic importance of so many Asia-Pacific markets, it is critical we continue to lead in this region, building on the success of our existing trade agreements and negotiating strong and ambitious new ones. As countries in the region negotiate new agreements that do not include the United States, we risk falling behind and putting Americans at a disadvantage. We must act now.”
“This hearing provides an opportunity for us to explore both the successes American farmers and ranchers, fishermen, manufacturers, and services providers are enjoying as well as the barriers they are facing in the region. I look forward to discussing how we can make the most of our existing trade agreements and work toward new agreements in this region that will work for all Americans.”