Arrington Letter Calls on USTR to Prioritize Oil and Gas in Negotiations with China
Washington, June 4, 2020
Yesterday, Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) led 40 of his Republican Colleagues, including Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) in a letter to the Chief Trade Negotiator, Robert Lighthizer, asking USTR to prioritize America’s oil and natural gas producers when it comes to enforcing the Phase One Trade Deal with China.
"Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the American oil and natural gas industry as you work to negotiate new trade agreements and increase market access for U.S. energy producers," the Members of Congress wrote. “We believe that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has the potential to increase demand and provide some relief for U.S. oil and gas companies through implementation of the Phase One trade agreement with China.”
“Because China was the first country to reopen its economy following the outbreak, consumer demand in China should soon return to pre-coronavirus levels. That demand should be met with American oil and natural gas, and we encourage USTR to make this a priority throughout Phase One implementation discussions.”
To read the full letter and see the list of 40 members who signed on, please click here.