International trade is responsible for more than a quarter of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and supports more than 40 million American jobs. The world wants America’s products and services—whether it is Idaho’s high-quality potatoes and dairy products or cutting-edge memory chips. In Idaho, trade-related employment grew three times faster than total employment from 1992 to 2018. As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to press the Biden Administration to open foreign markets to Idaho’s workers, farmers and businesses through:
Americans succeed when given the freedom to compete. Clearly, we should not support just any trade agreement. We need bold, impactful trade agreements because we need prosperity and international support now more than ever. Such agreements will only be achieved if we are prepared to walk away from the mediocre ones. I will continue to work with Idahoans and my congressional colleagues to press for better market access and enforcement of our trading rights.