Senators, Iowa Republicans Send Letters on TPP, Northey Nomination02/21/2018
Twenty-five Republican senators have signed a letter urging President Trump to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the multi-nation trade agreement that he pulled the United States out of shortly after taking office. Trump has recently made comments suggesting he was now open to reentering the 11-nation TPP.
In the letter, the senators urge Trump “to work aggressively to secure reforms that would allow the United States to join the agreement. We share your commitment for free trade agreements that benefit the American people, and we stand ready to work closely with you toward achieving a TPP agreement that meets this objective.”
The letter went to Trump ahead of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s White House visit this week.
Pushing for Northey
Iowa’s Republican Party has sent a letter to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, calling on the former winner of the Iowa Caucuses to release his hold on Bill Northey’s nomination to be the USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation.
Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann says Cruz’s refusal to allow a vote on Northey’s nomination is “becoming increasingly harmful” to Iowa and the state’s ag industry. He says Cruz should permit the vote to take place, “if he is to remain in good standing with Iowa conservatives should he return here in future endeavors.”