Statement of Senate Ag Chairman Chambliss on US Trade Position
Chambliss: "I support USTR's existing offer"
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
"My remarks yesterday to the American Soybean Association have been misinterpreted. My position has not changed. I support USTR's existing offer.
The European Union needs to come to the table and offer a serious market access proposal that will result in new trade flows. Otherwise they are imperiling the talks, and the losers from a failed Doha Round will not only be farmers and ranchers in the United States but developing countries around the world."
Transcript of Chairman Chambliss' remarks to the American Soybean Association:
"The world press and our opponents on the other side negotiating with us say, 'You don't need to have that 19.1 billion dollars in the amber box. If you spent 15.2 or 4 or whatever it was last year, that's all you need.'
Well, it puts her (Ambassador Schwab) in a little bit of a tough position, but frankly the answer to it is this: Sure, we could put the 15.2 billion dollars in there, but if we do that, then you the European Union have got to give us the market access that you have not been willing to give us to this point. You, the European Union have got to reduce your domestic supports - which greatly exceed, by the way, US domestic supports - and to this point, you've not been willing to do that. So, if they are serious about us reducing our amber box numbers, then by golly, it's time for them to get serious about reducing their numbers."
- Saxby Chambliss, July 11, 2006 remarks to the American Soybean Association in Washington, DC