Florida Congress delegation presses seasonal produce enforcement in USMCA

Four Florida Congress members were joined by a bipartisan group of fellow lawmakers urging progress from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to start trade enforcement of imports of fresh produce items that compete with seasonal domestic supplies.

Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the letter urges “USMCA to protect farmers from Mexico’s unfair trade practices.”

The group, led by Rubio, and Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Al Lawson (D-FL), wrote a letter to Lighthizer April 4 raising concerns on the lack of progress in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement “with respect to improved mechanisms to initiate and sustain legitimate anti-dumping and countervailing duties proceedings for trade in seasonal and perishable produce.”

The Florida group was joined by: Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA), as well as Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Michael Waltz (R-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Dan Webster (R-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Ross Spano (R-FL), Greg Steube (R-FL), Brian Mast (R-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL), Donna Shalala (D-FL), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Austin Scott (R-GA), Jody Hice (R-GA), Rick Allen (R-GA), and David Scott (D-GA).

Greg Johnson is Director of Media Development for Blue Book Services