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Bipartisan Group of House Members Voices Concerns over TPP Market Access Issues

Late last week, a letter addressed to President Obama was circulated in the U.S. House of Representatives outlining concerns over Japan’s desire to exempt tariff lines for certain “sensitive products” from elimination through the market access negotiations with the United States under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The final letter, submitted to President Obama on July 30, attracted support from a bipartisan group of 140 House members.

The letter states that allowing this practice by Japan “would significantly limit access for U.S. farmers and ranchers to the Japanese market.” It also mentions outstanding market access issues with Canada, urging the administration to hold Japan and Canada to the same high standards as other TPP partners and to “pursue the TPP negotiations without any country, including Japan, Canada, or others that proves unwilling to open its market in accordance with these high standards.”

The letter was originally circulated by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), the subcommittee’s ranking minority member, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas).