Over the last week, the CRC in coordination with USA Rice and Farmers’ Rice Cooperative have been contacting members of our congressional delegation to ensure a fair outcome for rice in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
This effort is in advance of an expected Senate vote on trade promotion authority (TPA) next week, that gives trade agreements a fast track in Congress and widely seen as essential for the passage of any trade agreement.
This effort builds on years-long discussions of the importance of trade to the California rice industry and the pivotal nature of this particular agreement. As new trade in Japan goes so will the region. These are the messages we have been sharing with Congress for several years.
Trade is a tough agenda in Washington for both parties with many expecting a series of votes on TPA through the summer before the fast track authority is eventually approved. Passage of the TPP is expected sometime in the fall.
In April, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce advanced TPP as one of their three priorities for the region, along with additional water storage and Sites Reservoir. They took these priorities to Washington, D.C. in their annual lobbying effort. The CRC’s leadership within the Chamber and with other organizations in the region helped secure these issues as priorities.
Tim Johnson and David Guy both attended the April Cap-to-Cap trip, which was an unqualified success.