Friday, June 3, 2011

Cong. Reichert at Chamber Trade Forum

CONGRESSIONAL FORUM: International Trade

Tuesday, June 7, 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Chamber offices
950 Pacific Ave., Ste. 300, Simpson Community Room
Tacoma, WA 98402



Cong. Dave Reichert, (WA-08) is appointed to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Committee’s jurisdiction puts Reichert on the front line of efforts to address the economic crisis, strengthen our health care system, and enact free trade agreements.

Cong. Dave Reichert has made promoting international trade a keystone of his office, and a year ago was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Export Council. Reichert, who represents Bellevue and parts of South King and Pierce counties, has supported free trade agreements, particularly the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (also known as KORUS FTA). Congress is expected to consider the agreement soon.

Apr 29, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the congressional delegation including Cong. Reichert, concluded their three-day trip to Seoul. The group met with leaders of South Korea’s Democratic Party and Grand National Party at Korea’s National Assembly to discuss the U.S.-South Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS).

The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means that relate to:
  • customs and customs administration including tariff and import fee structure, classification, valuation of and special rules applying to imports, and
  • special tariff provisions and procedures which relate to customs operation affecting exports and imports;
  • import trade matters, including import impact, industry relief from injurious imports, adjustment assistance and
  • programs to encourage competitive responses to imports, unfair import practices including antidumping and countervailing duty provisions, and
  • import policy which relates to dependence on foreign sources of supply;
  • commodity agreements and reciprocal trade agreements involving multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations and implementation of agreements involving tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to and
  • distortions of international trade;
  • international rules, organizations and institutional aspects of international trade agreements;
  • budget authorizations for the customs revenue functions of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Trade Representative; and
  • special trade-related problems involving market access, competitive conditions of specific industries, export policy and promotion, access to materials in short supply, bilateral trade relations including trade with developing countries, operations of multinational corporations, and trade with non-market economies.

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