In the discussion thread: Chuck Shumer is ALL OVER.."Contaminated Chicken Processing in CHINA" coming to USA! [View all]
Response to KoKo (Original post)
Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:24 PM
hatrack (37,733 posts)
10. He's not as "all over it" as you might wish to think
From press releases from Sen. Schumer's office:
n Western New York, new export markets for American dairy farmers represent opportunities for increased employment and growth in dairy manufacturing. If the USTR and USDA continue to promote better trade relations between our Trans-Pacific partners, it would mean that tens of thousands of farming families throughout the United States can continue to grow their businesses and benefit their local communities in the years ahead. O-AT-KA’s majority owner is Upstate Niagara Cooperative which includes over 390 local dairy-farm families as members. Products manufactured by O-AT-KA at their Batavia plant include nonfat dry milk powder, buttermilk powder, whey powder, canned evaporated milk, butter, fluid condensed milk, iced coffee, nutritional beverages and other various ethnic drinks.
Ed. - Emphasis added.
During a personal meeting with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer in April, the Ambassador requested that Schumer help advocate for the Canadians to be invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. In that same meeting, Schumer secured a commitment from the Ambassador that if Canada joined Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, the Canadian government would launch formal talks to terminate Canada’s restrictive wine taxation policies. Elimination of Canada’s anticompetitive wine tax practices would provide a massive boost to winery and tourism businesses in Niagara and across western New York and the Rochester-Finger Lakes region.
A coalition of over thirty senators from both sides of the aisle have already signed onto Schumer’s letter to the USDA and USTR urging these agencies to pursue a positive outcome for America’s dairy sector in TPP negotiations. Specifically, Schumer noted that the USDA and USTR should address trade concerns with both Canada and New Zealand in dairy-related TPP discussions. Without open access to Canada and absent significant policy reform by New Zealand, the TPP promise of growth in export demand for U.S. dairy will likely not materialize. Additionally, the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter within TPP must address safe U.S. food products being confronted with arbitrary and unscientific barriers in foreign markets. Specifically, Schumer pointed out that safe U.S. food products are too often burdened with unscientific barriers in foreign markets. Schumer wants this obstacle to global dairy competitiveness to be a top priority for USTR during TPP talks in order for science-based domestic standards for health and safety regulations are adopted worldwide.
In Upstate New York, new export markets for American dairy farmers represent opportunities for increased employment and growth in dairy manufacturing. If the USTR and USDA continue to promote better trade relations between our Trans-Pacific partners, it would mean that tens of thousands of farming families throughout the United States can continue to grow their businesses and benefit their local communities in the years ahead.
Ed. - Emphasis added.
Now, anybody here think that he's going to vote against TPP when it makes its way to the Senate floor?
Yeah, I didn't think so either.
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