Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) issued the following statement following the release of the U.S.-EU High Level Working Group (HLWG) final report and the President's announcement during the State of the Union the Administration will begin negotiations for a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union (EU):
"A robust trade agreement with the EU could offer new opportunities for Nebraska producers and manufacturers to sell their goods abroad. I am pleased the Obama Administration has initiated trade negotiations with the EU, and am pleased the HLWG report calls for an ambitious sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter to ensure we are able to hold our trading partners to their obligations. I will continue to promote strong science-based food safety standards to ensure Nebraska producers are not put at a disadvantage in the European market."
Congressman Smith serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over taxes including trade and tariff issues.