Date: Jan 15, 2013

The office of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced Tuesday the House Ways and Means Committee appointed the congressman as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade. Western Growers offers congratulations to Rep. Devin Nunes on receiving the trade subcommittee chairmanship. President and CEO Tom Nassif said, “Rep. Nunes has been a tireless advocate for agriculture. As Chairman of the Subcommittee, he’ll have an even greater opportunity to effect a balanced and expansive trade policy for agriculture and the entire country.  We look forward to working with him in his new role and expanding export markets for the fresh produce industry."

The following is courtesy of Nunes' office:

“It’s an honor to have been given this responsibility at a time when expanding trade is one of the vital ways to improve our sluggish economy,” said Rep. Nunes.

The Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over taxes, international trade, Social Security, Medicare, and various welfare programs, among other areas. The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade includes tariffs, import and export policies, customs, international trade rules, and commodity agreements.

“During his tenure on the Committee, Rep. Nunes has been a key player in developing economic policies that help create more jobs in this country,” declared Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp. “In his new role as Trade Subcommittee Chairman, his expertise will be critical to creating new opportunities to sell American-made goods and services around the globe while holding our competitors accountable. I look forward to working closely with him to expand America’s share of the global marketplace.”

Rep. Nunes identified progress toward a U.S.-EU free trade agreement and the expansion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as priorities for his tenure as Chairman of the Trade Subcommittee. “Boosting U.S. participation in free and fair trade will benefit both the United States and our trading partners,” he said. “It will open new opportunities to promote economic growth for my constituents in California’s San Joaquin Valley, as well as for the agriculture, manufacturing, and service industries throughout America.”

Congressman Nunes, who represents parts of Tulare and Fresno Counties, also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was first elected to Congress in 2002.

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