Walden: Help ag with trade deal

Congressman Greg Walden,

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) issued the following statement about a coming vote on a bill to boost Oregon exports:

“Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses make some of the best products in the world. And our products are in demand around the globe, creating good paying jobs here at home. In fact, over 487,000 jobs in Oregon depend on U.S. trade with other counties. We win when we get a fair chance in a competitive marketplace. But if America is not at the negotiating table, other countries are writing the rules.

“The U.S. House will soon vote on a bill that would allow us to establish fair and strong trade rules. The bill lays out our trade priorities of fairness and competition—to whomever is in the White House. It requires any final agreement be made public for at least 60 days. And it requires an up or down vote in the Congress before any trade agreement is final. It’s a win for jobs and exports in Oregon, and a win for transparency and accountability. I intend to support this bill to ensure that we can tear down barriers and open up new markets for Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.”

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