(Neb)-Neb Political Leaders Meet With Trump On Trade At White House
WASHINGTON, D.C. Gov. Pete Ricketts and 3 member of Nebraska's congressional delegation are urging President Donald Trump to pursue trade policies that would benefit agriculture.
Ricketts, Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, and Congressman Don Bacon met with Trump at the White House Thursday amid escalating tensions with China over tariffs. China is the Nebraska's largest export market, and its tariffs could hurt the market for soybeans, ethanol and po
His staff says the governor, who has led trade missions to China, urged Trump to open up new markets for the state's agricultural products and "pursue trade strategies that help grow agriculture."
Sasse, an outspoken advocate for trade and agriculture, said the president told them he's directed his top trade and economic advisers to take a fresh look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement he withdrew from in his first week in office.
Sasse applauded the move, saying "the best thing the United States can do to push back against Chinese cheating now is to lead the other 11 Pacific nations that believe in free trade and the rule of law."
The President backed off that a bit last night, saying on Twitter he would consider joining the pact, TPP for short, only if it were a “substantially better” deal than the one offered to President Obama.
He also Tweeted that the U-S has bilateral agreements with 6 of the TPP members and is working on a new one with Japan.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Ag Committee, says she spoke personally to the President about a number of ag issues that are causing "anxiety and uncertainty" for many Nebraskans including NAFTA, Chinese tariffs, and the Renewable Fuel Standards.
Fischer says she gave him factual information about Nebraska's ag exports and the central role agriculture plays in the state's economy while emphasizing how critical it is that "we work together to protect markets - domestically and internationally - for our families."
Fischer also said she was encouraged by Mr Trump's desire to move forward with the sale of year-round E-15 with a RVP waiver.
3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith wasn't at the White House, but says he's pleased with the president's intentions on the E-15 year-round waiver.
Smith, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee calls it "a decision which will allow greater access to cleaner and more affordable fuel options throughout the year while also benefiting Nebraska agriculture as various ethanol blends become more widely available."
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