Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Caucus on U.S.- Russian Trade and Economic Relations, released the following statement on the bipartisan bill led today by Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin to grant Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations.
"I heartily applaud the bipartisan bill led today by Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin to grant Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR). Introduction of this legislation takes us a leap closer to keeping U.S. exports competitive in Russia and allowing us the protections and benefits flowing from Russia's impending membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). This is excellent news for New York and the nation, with substantial benefits for U.S. exports, for U.S. job creation, and for U.S.-Russian relations. I am eager to add my voice of support for this measure on the floor of the House and to add my vote to its passage in the coming days."