House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) sent a letter to Federal government leaders, signed by Republican and Democrat members of the California congressional delegation, urging continued support for California’s agriculture exports with our North American neighbors.
The letter was sent to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer ahead of the renewed negotiations with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The renegotiations are scheduled to begin on Aug. 16. President Donald Trump has been clear on his intention to renegotiate trade deals that work for the American people. For California farmers, NAFTA has had a positive impact by playing a major role in the more than $4 billion in California agricultural products exported. McCarthy released the following statement on the letter:
“California’s agriculture industry has played a significant part in our state’s growth and prosperity. The rich soil and premier climate, coupled with a work ethic second-to-none, has positioned California as an agriculture leader for the world. That success, helped through free and fair trade agreements with our North American neighbors, has served as a foundation to the growth in our community and agriculture-rich communities throughout the state. I will continue to advocate for trade policy that strengthens California’s agriculture and continues to create jobs and opportunity in the Golden State.”