BIO Joins Letter Supporting Katherine Tai to Lead USTR
The undersigned food and agriculture trade associations respectfully urge confirmation of Katherine Tai to be U.S. Trade Representative.
Our associations represent the vast majority of the food and agriculture sector accounting for roughly one-fifth of the country's economic activity, directly supporting more than 23 million jobs – constituting nearly 15 percent of total U.S. employment.
Ms. Tai is eminently qualified and deeply familiar with the mission of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in opening foreign markets and reducing barriers for U.S. food and agriculture workers and exporters for the benefit of consumers in the U.S. and across the globe. We especially value Ms. Tai’s demonstrated ability to build bipartisan support for trade policies. We submit that these capabilities are essential to the success of the next Trade Representative in addressing the most pressing trade policy issues, including trade relationship challenges with China and the European Union, as well as enforcement of existing trade agreements and tackling non-tariff barriers to trade. We believe that Ms. Tai has the experience and expertise to secure greater market access for U.S. products and ensure enforcement of clear and fair rules with our trade partners so U.S. food and agriculture workers and our industry sectors may fairly compete in the global economy.
Please feel free to call upon any of the undersigned associations to expand upon our rationale for supporting the nomination of Katherine Tai.