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ICYMI: New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Leads Effort to Grow Partnership with the Administration on a Strong, Proactive Trade Agenda

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Trade Task Force, led members of the Trade Task Force in a letter to President Biden and outlined an eight-step policy plan to strengthen U.S. trade policy and benefit workers, consumers, growers, producers, and businesses.  The New Democrat Coalition is the U.S. House of Representatives’ largest Democratic caucus, committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.  

From the New Democrat Coalition press release:

Washington, D.C. — Today, the New Dem Trade Task Force sent a letter to President Biden outlining the Trade Task Force’s comprehensive policy plan to maintain the United States as a leader in the global marketplace and enact trade policies that will benefit American workers, consumers, growers, producers, and businesses.

In the letter, New Dem Trade Leaders describe the Task Force’s eight key objectives to build on recent progress and further strengthen U.S. trade policy:

  1. Counter Competitive Threats and Abuses from China
  2. Establish a Durable and Sustainable Approach to Trade
  3. Return to Reciprocal Bilateral/Regional Trade Agreements
  4. Strengthen the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)
  5. Build a More Robust Trade Relationship with Taiwan
  6. Reduce Barriers to Trade that Increase Costs for Americans and Hurt U.S. Businesses
  7. Promote the U.S. Digital Economy and Lead Negotiations on Agreements Related to Digital Trade
  8. Support Agricultural Exports by Reducing Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers

New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Chair Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Vice Chairs Don Beyer (VA-08) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) released the following statement on the letter:

“Since its founding over 20 years ago, the New Democrat Coalition has been integral to the congressional consideration of every major trade initiative, including the historic and bipartisan United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Today, our Task Force seeks to build on this legacy by calling on the Biden administration to join New Dems in implementing our eight key policy objectives to strengthen America’s trade economy. 

“New Dems are committed to advancing durable solutions to our greatest challenges – from strengthening Americas’ trade relationships and countering China’s illegal trade practices to bolstering agricultural exports and setting the global standard for digital trade.

“The New Dem Trade Task Force looks forward to working with the Biden administration and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build on the progress of the USMCA by delivering on these priorities.”

You can read the full letter to President Biden here.