Daines Urges Biden Administration to Support Montana Farmers and Ranchers, Increase Agricultural Exports

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined his colleagues in urging U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase U.S. agricultural exports and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. products abroad.

“We expect trade to fluctuate in response to macroeconomic factors and market conditions,” wrote the senators. “However, the current sharp decline in U.S. agricultural exports is directly attributable to and exacerbated by an unambitious U.S. trade strategy that is failing to meaningfully expand market access or reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. While the Biden administration continually refuses to pursue traditional free trade agreements, China, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and others continue to ink trade pacts that diminish American export opportunities and global economic influence.”

Daines joined U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.); John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and others in sending the letter to the Biden administration. Read the full letter HERE.