On July 10, the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing at a cattle auction barn in Kimball, Minnesota, to hear directly from farmers and ranchers in the community about how America’s trade policies affect their daily lives and what Congress can do to make trade work better for their families.
It was the 5th hearing we’ve held this year outside the halls of Congress to give working-class Americans – not lobbyists or think tanks – a direct seat at the table to help lawmakers craft solutions to the many challenges facing our nation.
Right now, farmers and ranchers are struggling under the weight of historically high input costs and the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades thanks to President Joe Biden’s reckless spending policies.
And as the hearing in Minnesota made clear, the situation for farmers and ranchers will get much worse if the Biden administration doesn’t get serious about holding trade partners accountable for violating the terms of trade agreements. Minnesota corn grower Carolyn Olson told the committee that farmers won’t “survive to farm another year” if Mexico follows through on its threat to block imports of U.S. corn – a move that directly violates the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, a Trump administration trade deal that I helped write.
Following my demands for Biden to take action, in March the administration took the first step toward challenging Mexico’s ban on U.S.-grown corn and other American agriculture products. That same month, I raised my strong concerns over the issue in a meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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