North American Free Trade Agreement Part 1
The committee heard testimony on how food production would be affected by the adoption of a North American Free Trade Agreement, creating… read more
The committee heard testimony on how food production would be affected by the adoption of a North American Free Trade Agreement, creating an open free trading zone in all North America. President Bush supports the U.S. participation in such an agreement, and has announced that negotiations with Canada and Mexico will take place later in the year unless Congress fails to approve fast-track authority for trade legislation. Fast-track trade authority would limit the amount of time Congress has to approve the legislation and would prohibit Congress from attaching amendments to the applicable bills. Sen. Gramm warned the failure of the U.S. Congress to approve fast-track trade authority legislation might lead to the failure of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which could lead to a rise in protectionist trade practices around the world against American agriculture. This would result in either a planned economy in America or “Draconian” cuts in the agriculture industry. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- John R. Block Secretary (Former) Department of Agriculture
- William Bryant Executive Vice President Northwest Horticultural Council
- Jose Cardenas
- Jeff Casten President National Grain Sorghum Producers Assn.
- Avi Crane
- Bob Crawford Commissioner Florida->Agriculture
- Danny Dempster Executive Vice President Canadian Horticultural Council
- Linda Fisher Assistant Administrator Environmental Protection Agency->Pesticides
- William "Phil" Philip Gramm U.S. Senator [R] Texas
- Jay Hair President and CEO National Wildlife Federation
- Patrick Hanemann Chairman United Fresh Produce Association->International Trade
- Robert Hathaway Executive Vice President Mexico Vegetable Distributors Assn.
- Julian Heron Counsel Blue Diamond Growers
- Carla A. Hills Trade Representative Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
- Jack Kintzle Vice President National Corn Growers Association
- Edward R. Madigan Secretary Department of Agriculture
- Lynn Martin Secretary Department of Labor
- Allen Mendelowitz Director General Accounting Office->International Trade
- Craig Merrilees Director Fair Trade Campaign->California
- John Poole Chairman Rice Miller's Association
- William Quarles Vice President Sunkist Growers, Inc.
- Bill Ramsey
- Alberando Sanchez Vice President Mexican Natl. Citrus Processors Assn.
- John Schnittker Undersecretary (Former) Department of Agriculture
- Raleigh Sheffield General Manager Union Pacific Railroad Company->Mexico Projects
- Sarah Vogel Commissioner North Dakota->Agriculture
North American Free Trade Agreement Part 2
The committee continued to hear testimony on how the adoption of a North American Free Trade Agreement might affect the…
North American Free Trade Agreement
Trade Representative Hills spoke to reporters on the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement and the fast-track…
International Trade Issues
Sen. Baucus spoke to reporters in the Capitol building on items on the congressional agenda that relate to…
1990 Farm Bill
Committee held a hearing to review issues relating to the formulation of the 1990 Farm Bill.The committee heard from…