Aggressive Enforcement of Trade Agreements Critical

Sep 14, 2016
Press

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Obama administration challenged China on its support for its own rice, corn, and wheat producers. The administration based its challenge on the fact that Beijing is subsidizing these industries in excess of levels agreed to in trade agreements. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese government spent almost $100 billion more than allowed under WTO “market price support” on ag products during 2015.
 
The case being brought against China relates to long-grain Indica rice, the short- and medium-grain Japonica variety, as well as wheat and corn.
 
Today, Representative Crawford, Chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, released the following statement:
 
“Other nations often target the United States through the WTO to reduce our competitiveness. At the same time, the WTO regularly critiques the United States’ modest agricultural support systems while routinely ignoring the violations of other nations. Our producers can’t be asked to compete under those circumstances when countries like China use price-distorting practices that cost U.S. farmers hundreds of millions of dollars per year. If we want to maintain our position as a strong producer of food and fiber, the USTR must continue to push aggressively against nations who are willing to break the rules we’ve all agreed to follow.”
 

Recent Posts


Jun 18, 2024
Immigration

Rep. Crawford’s Statement on Biden’s Mass Amnesty Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara Robertson (Sara.Robertson2@mail.house.gov) Rep. Crawford’s Statement on Biden’s Mass Amnesty Order 6/18/2024 Washington, D.C. — Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s plan to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.  “With illegal immigration soaring under President Biden’s open-border policies, straining law enforcement, public services, and resulting in […]



Jun 14, 2024
Veterans' Affairs

Arkansas House Delegation to McDonough: The Politicization of the VA is Inappropriate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara Robertson, Crawford Brooke Nethercott, Hill Sarah Henderson, Westerman Olivia Tripodi, Womack Arkansas House Delegation to McDonough: The Politicization of the VA is Inappropriate 6/14/2024 Washington, D.C. — Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01), French Hill (AR-02), Steve Womack (AR-03), and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis […]



May 29, 2024
Uncategorized

Arkansas Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Boozman, Sara Lasure or Matthew Wester Cotton, Caroline Tabler or Patrick McCann Crawford, Sara Robertson Hill, Brooke Nethercott Womack, Olivia Tripodi Westerman, Sarah Henderson Arkansas Delegation Supports Governor’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration 5/29/2024 Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Steve Womack, Rick Crawford, French Hill and Bruce Westerman—wrote to President Joe Biden urging him to […]