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Larsen, Reichert, DelBene and Kind Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging President to Honor Korea-U.S. Trade Agreement

Washington, DC, September 22, 2017
Comes following increasing rhetoric around U.S. withdrawing from the agreement

Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), along with Reps. Reichert (WA-08), DelBene (WA-01) and Kind (WI-03), led a bipartisan coalition in calling on President Trump to continue honoring the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). In recent weeks it has been reported that the Trump Administration is considering withdrawing from the agreement. A withdrawal from the agreement would cause American businesses, farmers and workers to face high barriers to selling their products while benefiting competitors in Asia and Europe.

“The U.S. relationship with Korea could not be more important than it is today. Growing and maintaining robust trading relationships in East Asia is our best tool to ensure peace and prosperity not only on the Korean peninsula but here at home as well. It would be a grave error to withdraw from the agreement,” said Reps. Larsen, Kind, Reichert and Dent.

Find a copy of the letter here.

The following members signed on to the letter: Rep. Larsen (WA-02), Rep. Reichert (WA-08), Rep. DelBene (WA-01), Rep. Kind (WI-03), Rep. Dent (PA-15), Rep. Royce (CA-39), Rep. Blumenauer (OR-03), Rep. Smith (NE-03), Rep. Tiberi (OH-12), Rep. Sewell (AL-07), Rep. Roskam (IL-06), Rep. Meeks (NY-05), Rep. Noem (SD-At-large), Rep. Himes (CT-04), Rep. Meehan (PA-07), Rep. Bera (D-CA), Rep. Walters (CA-07), Rep. Kelly (PA-03) and Rep. Murphy (FL-07).

Since the agreement was signed total exports of goods and services from the United States to Korea have increased by $2.1 billion, over 3 percent, since 2011. The annual merchandise trade deficit with Korea declined in 2016.