C-Span Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding the Trump administration’s trade policy positions. He stressed the urgent need for Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) as soon as possible. Mr. Lighthizer aso gave lawmakers an update on trade talks and engagement with China and Japan.
C-Span Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the Trump administration’s trade strategy and the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement, which was under continuing negotiations and still subject to congressional approval. Mr. Lighthizer answered questions on those negotiations, including on provisions regarding labor and environmental protections which many Democrats said would be critical for securing their support. He also talked about the administration’s levying of tariffs against Chinese goods and threats to impose them on Mexico, saying they were effective tools to get trading partners to negotiate better deals.