Washington, DC – Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will help guide U.S. trade and export policy through an appointment announced today. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is appointing Crapo to the President’s Export Council (PEC). The Council, comprised of private-sector appointees, Cabinet officials and 10 members of Congress, advises the White House on trade and export policy involving agriculture, business, labor, industry and the government sectors.
In addition to his Finance Committee leadership assignment on trade, Crapo has worked extensively on other trade, export and global competitiveness issues. He has been appointed the chairman of the Republican Capital Markets Task Force. He is Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions. Crapo is a member of several Senate caucuses that deal with trade and export issues, including caucuses on the World Trade Organization (WTO) for farmers and ranchers, potatoes, high tech, biotechnology, medical technology and produce.
“Senator Crapo’s experience and leadership in promoting Idaho and U.S. exports, as well as his position as Ranking Member of the Finance Subcommittee on Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, makes this appointment a natural fit,” said Republican Leader McConnell. “Senator Crapo will continue to be a strong advocate for U.S. trade competiveness on the President’s Export Council.”
“The U.S. is at a crossroads involving our competitiveness on the world market,” Crapo said. “The decisions made by our government have a direct relationship to the effectiveness of our trade and financial policies and the amount of products, goods and services that we can export overseas. I thank Leader McConnell for this appointment and look forward to working with my nine Congressional counterparts on the Export Council, the President and his Cabinet and the private partners, to advance our economic well-being in the world community.”