A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including North Carolina representative Virginia Foxx (Rep.- District 7), is demanding the Trump Administration force the European Union to include agriculture in upcoming trade talks.
The group of 114 lawmakers penned a letter this week to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stating, “An agreement with the EU that does not address trade in agriculture would be, in our eyes, unacceptable.” The U.S. and EU recently reached a tentative agreement to allow the U.S. access to the EU hormone-free beef quota, but the EU is pushing back against talking ag in a broader trade negotiation. The group of lawmakers say any agreement between the EU and the U.S. without agriculture “would be deficient, significantly jeopardizing Congressional support.”
Lighthizer does seem to agree, telling lawmakers earlier this week that the U.S. “cannot have a trade deal with the EU without agriculture.”
The letter was organized by Foxx and fellow House Republican Jackie Walorksi of Indiana, along with House Democrats Ron Kind (WI) and Angie Craig (MN).