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Meat Institute, USHSLA Sign Multi-association Letter Urging Increased Congressional Oversight in Trade Policy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute and U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) signed a multi-association letter that was sent to leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to express concern regarding the direction of America’s trade policy. The organizations, in the letter, urged Congress to address the administration’s use of tariffs as a major policy tool in an increasing number of trade disputes with the U.S.’s allies. The organizations contend that while there are valid reasons Congress delegated authority to the president to address unfair trade practices and liberalize world trade, there is also a need for increased congressional oversight of the Executive Branch, citing the negative economic and security impacts of the president’s unilateral use of tariffs as a central tactic in trade disputes. The organizations said they would support Congress holding expeditious hearings on the president’s use of delegated trade authority, and consideration of whether amendments to existing delegations of authority are necessary to clarify Congress’ important role in the execution of America’s trade policy.

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