Cornyn To Join Senate Colleagues On trade Delegation To Mexico

In: All News   Posted 09/11/2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn will join several members of the Judiciary and Finance committees at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Mexico this week. The delegation, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will meet with U.S. and international trade officials. While there, Cornyn will receive briefings on the current round of trade negotiations, and the status of opening new markets to Texas producers."This trip will allow me to meet with world leaders who directly impact our nation’s trade policies, and the future growth of our export markets,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Texas growers, producers and exporters should have every opportunity possible to market their goods and services around the world, and the meetings will help ensure that these markets are available and unobstructed by unfair trade practices. I expect the results of these talks will be good for American markets, American businesses and American workers.” While in Mexico, the delegation will meet with trade ministers from Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Mexico. Also involved in the meetings are Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman, and the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Zoellick. Sen. Cornyn is a member of the Congressional Oversight Group on Trade which supervises and consults with the U.S. Trade Representative. He also serves on the President’s Export Council. The President’s Export Council advises the administration on policies that affect U.S. trade performance; promotes export expansion; and provides a forum for discussing and resolving trade-related problems among the business, industrial, agricultural, labor, and government sectors."This is an important step in the effort to reduce foreign trade barriers, increase export opportunities for American businesses, and create jobs for American workers,” Sen. Cornyn said. “We must ensure that Texas remains a strong exporter to our neighbors and to the world.” Cornyn will join Chairman Hatch, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the ranking minority member on the Finance Committee and Senator Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Finance subcommittee on International Trade. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee is leading a separate delegation of committee members. Cornyn hosted a meeting with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Derbez, Undersecretary for North American Affairs Geronimo Gutierrez and Mexico’s U.S. Ambassador Juan Jose Bremer in Washington last week to address immigration reform, border security, trade and water issues. He also traveled to Mexico City in August to discuss similar issues and concerns with Derbez and Gutierrez and Secretary of the Interior Santiago Creel.