NCTO, AAFA welcomes expected nomination of Tai as next USTR

Posted December 10, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Apparel & Footwear Association each issued statements welcoming the reported selection of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).


“We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s expected nomination of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas. “This selection is welcome news to the U.S. textile industry, which has worked closely with Katherine on several critical trade issues over the years. She is an exceptional candidate to serve as the next USTR, having dedicated her career to enforcing our trade laws, and, most recently, serving as a key lead negotiator in the House securing key improvements in the USMCA agreement.”


Glas added: “She will be a powerful and thoughtful advocate on behalf of American workers and our environment. The U.S. textile industry looks forward to working with her on our top trade priorities.”


Separately, Steve Lamar, president and CEO of the AAFA, said: “Katherine Tai has great mastery of the contours – both economic and political – around which U.S. trade policy is created and effectively implemented. She is an experienced trade lawyer, has demonstrated experience forging trade policies that reflect input from a variety of stakeholders, and is known to strike a careful balance between enforcement and facilitation.


"As our economy recovers from COVID, it is urgent – now more than ever – that we enable smart, responsible and effective trade policies that remove barriers, advance our principles, and benefit American businesses, workers and consumers,” Lamar continued. “ We believe Katherine is the right pick to hit the ground running on this critical task."


Sources: NCTO and AAFA

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