Rep. Ron Kind Disappointed With U.S.-Japan Trade Deal that Leaves Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Behind
Washington, DC—Rep. Ron Kind released the following statement after the Administration signed a trade deal with Japan that fails to give U.S. dairy adequate additional access to the Japanese market:
“While there was some improvement for agriculture, particularly for pork and beef producers, I’m disappointed that this Administration didn’t secure a level playing field for our dairy farmers with the EU and other TPP countries. The Administration should have consulted with Congress—as they are required to do—instead striking this deal in a backroom and only informing us at the eleventh hour that they had let U.S. dairy farms down.”
Last week, Reps. Kind, Moore, Pocan, DelBene, and Welch set a letter to United States Trade (USTR) Ambassador Lighthizer after learning that the Administration failed to acquire a truly level playing field for U.S. dairy exporters into Japan on goods including cheese, butter, skim milk powder, ice cream, and condensed milk. The Administration ignored the concerns.
Read the letter to USTR Ambassador Lighthizer here.