McCarthy leads bipartisan effort to support ag

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy led a bipartisan coalition of California congressman in signing a letter to leaders in the federal government, urging them to support the state’s agricultural exports with other North American countries.

“California’s agriculture industry has played a significant part in our state’s growth and prosperity,” McCarthy said.

“The rich soil and premier climate, coupled with a work ethic second to none, has positioned California as an agriculture leader for the world. That success, helped through free and fair trade agreements with our North American neighbors, has served as a foundation to the growth in our community and agriculture-rich communities throughout the state.”

The letter, sent to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, was written in light of renewed negotiations on Aug. 16 with Canada and Mexica to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.

McCarthy pointed out that California farmers have been positively impacted by NAFTA, which has played a major role in the $4 billion in California agricultural exports.

McCarthy has initiated or supported numerous bills in recent years to protect the access his constituents and other residents of the Central Valley rely on to bring water to California farms.

“I will continue to advocate for trade policy that strengthens California’s agriculture and continues to create jobs and opportunity in the Golden State,” said McCarthy.

Story First Published: 2017-08-11