Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee to Hold July 16 Hearing on WTO
The House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing July 16 to review U.S. trade policy and the World Trade Organization. Topics will include implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in December 2013 and opportunities created by that agreement, the potential benefits of an agreement to expand the Information Technology Agreement, the launch of negotiations on an Environmental Goods Agreement, the role of ongoing monitoring and enforcement activities, and the future work of the WTO. Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the WTO has largely focused on “twentieth-century issues such as reducing and eliminating tariffs” and that he wants to “explore ways the WTO could more effectively address today’s behind-the-border barriers to trade and continue to address remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers, including sanitary and phytosanitary barriers to agriculture trade that are not based on sound science.”
U.S. ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke will be the only invited witness at this hearing, and no other oral testimony will be permitted. Written comments for the hearing record are due by July 30.