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(Neb)-Adrian Smith Mobile Office Session In Chadron Today  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/06/2017 09:27 AM
        Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering is back home in the Panhandle while Congress is on recess and will be in Chadron this afternoon to hold a mobile office session at the courthouse from 2:30-3:30.

       Smith uses mobile office sessions to meet directly with constituents about federal issues and to help them take advantage of the services available through his office.


      The 6-term Republican met Friday in Scottsbluff with a number of ag producers and agribusiness representatives to talk about several topics, but especially international trade.

      Smith says President Trump's dislike of multilateral trade agreements and preference for deals with individual countries is well known and probably justified in some cases, but he also says the U-S can't just wait around for new bi-lateral agreements because there's too much competition from other ag-producing states.

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Trump has killed the TPP...Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement ...and has said he wants to renegotiate NAFTA...the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

      A key part of TPP was a 40% cut in the Japanese tariff on U-S beef that would been a big boost to Nebraska producers, so Smith hopes it can serve as the basic footprint for a bilateral trade deal with Japan.

     As for NAFTA, Smith says it's been good for Nebraska and its ag producers, especially in the areas of corn and beans, so he has told federal trade officials to be careful in their renegotiations.


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