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NAMA Joins President in Push for Trade Promotion Authority

April 17, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 17, 2002 – The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) joins President Bush in his call to the Senate leadership to bring Trade Promotion Authority to the Senate floor by April 22.

“The time to pass TPA and assure our competitiveness with the rest of the world is now,” said Bernard J. Rothwell III, NAMA chairman. “The U.S. share of world markets for milled grain products has been seriously eroded since 1996 due to export subsidies of competitor nations. The successful launch of a new round of worldwide trade negotiations in Doha included a commitment to phase-out agricultural export subsidies. However, the potential gains to farmers, processors and all of agriculture raised by Doha will only be realized when Congress passes TPA. The U.S. has assumed a leadership role in the fight against terrorism and the U.S. assumed a leadership role at Doha. The U.S. must be able to assume a leadership role in trade negotiations, and our trading partners will only take us seriously if the President and his representatives have the authority necessary to reach agreements.”

That is the message being voiced by members of NAMA as they visit their Congressional representatives April 16-17 during the organization’s annual Government Relations Conference.

NAMA has 42 member companies operating 165 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states and 150 cities. The aggregate production capacity of NAMA's membership is more than 160 million pounds of product daily, which is about 90% of the total U.S. capacity.

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