Issue: Agriculture

Walorski: Phase One Agreement Will Hold China Accountable

Walorski: Phase One Agreement Will Hold China Accountable

Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Cracking Down on China’s Unfair Trade Practices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today applauded the Trump administration’s Phase One agreement with China, highlighting in a Ways and Means Committee hearing the importance of holding China accountable for unfair trade practices such as intellectual property theft, agricultural trade barriers, and forced technology transfers.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that China has been predatory in its trade practices,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “President Trump promised, like others, that he’d be tough on China. Unlike others, President Trump has kept that promise. We couldn’t continue to let China play this game of making promises with one hand, while stealing American technology, jobs, blood, sweat, and tears with the other. It’s not a sustainable strategy for our economy, and with the Phase One deal, they’re not going to get away with it any longer.”

Video of Walorski’s comments at the hearing can be found here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on USMCA Heading to President’s Desk

Walorski Statement on USMCA Heading to President’s Desk

Hoosier Farmers, Manufacturers, and Workers Will Benefit from Historic Modernization of North American Trade

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), sending the deal to modernize North American trade to President Trump’s desk for his signature:

“With USMCA nearly across the finish line, American farmers, manufacturers, and workers are another step closer to a historic win. I was thrilled to cast my vote for USMCA last month, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally see it reach President Trump’s desk. This modernized trade agreement will further dismantle trade barriers for manufacturers and farmers, level the playing field for American workers, and keep our nation’s economic momentum going strong.”

Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor in support of USMCA in December is available here.

USMCA will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a modernized, improved set of rules for trade with Canada and Mexico. The new agreement:

  • Includes a new chapter on digital trade that sets a global standard to ensure American innovators and e-commerce businesses can compete fairly;
  • Expands exports of agricultural commodities, including soybeans, corn, and pork;
  • Opens access to the Canadian market for American farmers to sell dairy, poultry, and eggs;
  • Streamlines customs procedures in order to reduce inefficiencies and get American products to market faster;
  • Levels the playing field for American workers by requiring Mexico to overhaul its labor system; and
  • Ensures the U.S. can hold Mexico and Canada accountable through strong enforcement mechanisms.

According to the nonpartisan International Trade Commission, USMCA will create:

  • More than $68 billion in new economic activity;
  • 176,000 new American jobs;
  • $34 billion in new auto plants; and
  • 76,000 new American automotive sector jobs.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Applauds Signing of Phase One Agreement with China

Walorski Applauds Signing of Phase One Agreement with China

“The days of simply letting China get away with unfair trade practices are over.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the signing of the Phase One trade agreement between the U.S. and China:

“The days of simply letting China get away with unfair trade practices are over.

“This Phase One agreement will go a long way toward ending China’s most egregious abuses and providing relief to American manufacturers and farmers. With a strong agreement in place, the U.S. is now in the best possible position heading into the next phase of negotiations with China.

“I applaud President Trump for his leadership in leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers and keeping our nation’s economic momentum going.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Statement on Final USMCA Agreement

Walorski Statement on Final USMCA Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement on the final U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

“This is a huge victory for our country’s workers, small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers. USMCA will drive economic growth and boost job creation by expanding markets for made-in-America products and Hoosier ag exports.

“I’m grateful to have had a seat at the table working with President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer to move USMCA forward in a way that benefits Hoosiers. With this final agreement to modernize North American trade, the president is delivering on his promise to level the playing field for American workers and farmers and to keep our economic momentum going.

“Now it’s time for Congress to vote without further delay. I look forward to casting my vote for USMCA soon.”

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Congresswoman Walorski and other members of the House Republican USMCA Whip Team receive a briefing Tuesday from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the final agreement.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Applauds U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

Walorski Applauds U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after the U.S. and Japan announced an agreement on a new trade deal:

“I want to congratulate President Trump and his negotiating team on reaching this important agreement that will improve access to export markets for America’s farmers and ranchers. I’m also encouraged the deal will mean fewer barriers to digital trade and more certainty that costly auto tariffs will not threaten American jobs or raise prices for consumers.

“Today’s announcement sets the stage for a broader agreement with Japan that will benefit American manufacturers, farmers, workers, and families, and I look forward to working with the administration to continue growing our economy.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski: It’s Time to Vote on USMCA

Walorski: It’s Time to Vote on USMCA

Calls for Approval of Modernized U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Without Delay

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today called for a vote in Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) without delay. Walorski’s comments came during a Ways and Means Committee hearing at which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified about the modernized trade agreement and other trade-related matters.

“This agreement will go a long way to drive exports for farmers and manufacturers in Indiana’s 2nd District,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It sets a strong standard for the great innovators that call the Hoosier state home. And it levels the playing field for workers to ensure that we don’t lose jobs to unfair labor practices abroad. With the steel and aluminum tariffs lifted on Mexico and Canada, I think it’s time for Congress to act. It’s time to vote on the USMCA.”

Video of Walorski’s comments at the Full Committee Hearing on the 2019 Trade Policy Agenda is available here.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Discusses USMCA with President Trump

Walorski Discusses USMCA with President Trump

Joined House Republican Colleagues at White House for Meeting on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after she and several House Republican colleagues met with President Trump at the White House to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement:

“A modernized trade agreement with Mexico and Canada will boost our economy, expand markets for Hoosier ag exports and made-in-America products, and ensure a level playing field for American workers. President Trump made clear he will be fully engaged in this process, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to discuss the path forward for the USMCA. I look forward to working together to benefit American small businesses, farmers, workers, and families.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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House Members Defend Agriculture in EU Trade Agreement

House Members Defend Agriculture in EU Trade Agreement

Walorski Leads Bipartisan Letter to USTR Signed by 114 Members

WASHINGTON – Today, 114 House members led by Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in support of keeping agricultural products as a key negotiating objective in any proposed trade agreement with the European Union (EU). The European Commission has specifically excluded agricultural products in draft negotiations and Commission officials continually state their unwillingness to include agriculture in the negotiation process.

“As you know, agriculture is the source of a great number of trade barriers and irritants in the U.S.-EU trading relationship. Thus, an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable,” the members wrote. “We want to voice our strong support for the inclusion of agriculture in the upcoming discussions and to reiterate that an agreement that fails to include agricultural products would be deficient, significantly jeopardizing Congressional support.”

A signed copy of the letter is available here. The full text is below.

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer,

We write today to urge you to insist on the inclusion of agricultural products in upcoming trade negotiations with the European Union (EU). As you know, agriculture is the source of a great number of trade barriers and irritants in the U.S.-EU trading relationship. Thus, an agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable.

The United States and EU share one of the largest trading relationships in the world, but there are many ways in which the two sides can further grow and improve this relationship. Nowhere is this more evident than in trade in agricultural products. Exports from hardworking American farmers and ranchers across the country face barriers to the EU market, including high tariffs, unscientific sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and protectionist policies on geographical indications that hurt American exports not only to the EU but also to countries all over the world.

We were encouraged to see that the negotiating objectives for the EU that your office released in January included specific objectives on agricultural goods. At the same time, we were deeply disappointed that the European Commission’s draft negotiating mandates specifically excluded agricultural products and that Commission officials continue to state publicly that they will not discuss agriculture in the negotiations.

We want to voice our strong support for the inclusion of agriculture in the upcoming discussions and to reiterate that an agreement that fails to include agricultural products would be deficient, significantly jeopardizing Congressional support.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski, Kind Urge Solution to Tariffs on Mexico, Canada

Walorski, Kind Urge Solution to Tariffs on Mexico, Canada

Bipartisan Letter to USTR Lighthizer Calls for Swift End to Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and Retaliation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) today called for a swift solution to the steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada. Walorski and Kind were joined by 11 other members of the Ways and Means Committee in urging the U.S. Trade Representative, Amb. Robert Lighthizer, to prioritize lifting the tariffs and retaliation.

“American farmers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers will continue to be harmed, especially by the retaliatory measures, until an agreement is reached to lift the tariffs,” the members wrote. “[W]e urge you to put the highest priority on lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs and retaliation entirely as soon as possible.”

A signed copy of the letter can be found here. The full text is below.

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer,

We write today to urge you to reach a negotiated solution regarding the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada as soon as possible.

We note that on many occasions over the past year, Administration officials linked lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada to the success of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

However, despite the fact that President Trump recently signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the tariffs – and the retaliation from Mexico and Canada – remain in place. American farmers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers will continue to be harmed, especially by the retaliatory measures, until an agreement is reached to lift the tariffs.

We look forward to additional consultations with you as we continue to review all aspects of the USMCA. In the meantime, however, we urge you to put the highest priority on lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs and retaliation entirely as soon as possible, and certainly before congressional consideration.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Walorski Votes to Send Farm Bill to President’s Desk

Walorski Votes to Send Farm Bill to President’s Desk

Five-Year Farm Bill Provides Critical Protections and Long-Term Certainty to Hoosier Farmers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after voting for final passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2), a five-year Farm Bill reauthorization:

“Family farmers are the backbone of America, and their hard work keeps safe, nutritious, and affordable food on our tables. This bipartisan Farm Bill strengthens critical protections for Hoosier farmers, promotes ag exports, and provides certainty so local farm operations can grow and thrive. It also takes steps to improve SNAP so those who fall on hard times can build a bridge out of poverty, and it strengthens the program by allowing the administration to rein in states that abuse the waiver process. While this legislation is not perfect, it will give farmers the long-term certainty they need and help give Hoosiers a better chance to live the American Dream.”

BACKGROUND

Walorski last year sent a letter to House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway outlining Hoosier priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill based on feedback she received from farmers in the 2nd District. Many of the priorities Walorski advocated were included in the final version of H.R. 2, which passed the House by a vote of 369 to 47. The legislation previously passed the Senate and how heads to the president’s desk for his signature.

  • Protect Crop Insurance: The Farm Bill preserves this crucial backstop for farmers and ranchers and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options.
  • Reduce Regulatory Hurdles: Unnecessary and duplicative bureaucratic rules put great burdens on farmers and ranchers. The Farm Bill streamlines regulations and reduces red tape.
  • Promote Agriculture Exports: Exports are as important as ever for Hoosier farmers at a time of low commodity prices and falling farm incomes. The Farm Bill authorizes funding for vital tools for trade promotion and market development. It also allows the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance to farmers affected by unfair foreign trade practices.
  • Support Voluntary Conservation Efforts: Indiana is a national leader in voluntary conservation programs, the Farm Bill will allow Hoosiers to continue to innovate and lead with tailored solutions to local issues. H.R. 2 folds the best features of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
  • Prepare for Disease Outbreaks: The Farm Bill continues to invest in and improve research, preparedness, mitigation, detection, and response to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), foot and mouth disease (FMD), and other diseases. It establishes the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, establishes a new U.S.-only vaccine bank, and enhances the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
  • Invest in Rural Broadband: Our lives are becoming increasingly digital, and farm operations are no different. Unfortunately, internet speeds in rural America greatly lag behind urban and suburban areas. The Farm Bill will help bridge this gap by investing in rural broadband and requiring USDA to establish forward-looking broadband standards.
  • Strengthen SNAP: Congresswoman Walorski worked to comprehensively examine SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in the 114th Congress when she chaired the Nutrition Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee. Dozens of hearings have shown that SNAP is a crucial part of the safety net, that the program works, and that there are improvements that can be made. The Farm Bill strengthens and streamlines SNAP to better help individuals build a bridge out of poverty.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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