Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Shimkus

Thanks in part to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, the Trade Promotion Authority was one step closer to becoming law. Trade Promotion Authority, also known as TPA and Fast Track, provides the U.S. Trade Representative the ability to negotiate in good faith with other countries on trade agreements, with the intent of Congress voting on the final agreement.

Trade is vital to my success. Without exports, my farming operation loses the ability to sell my crops to new markets.

Ninety-five percent of the world’s purchasing power is outside the borders of the U.S.

I need trade to continue my livelihood as a farmer; the EU, China, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan are major importers of U.S. crops.

Having access to these markets is key to the success of our family farm. It also plays an important role in growing the U.S. economy.

Congressman Shimkus understands the importance of trade to agriculture and rural farm family life and that’s why he voted yes for Trade Promotion Authority.

I want to thank him for that support and encourage others in Washington to do the same.

David G. Hankammer

Millstadt

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