Washington, D.C. – Following President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement nominating Katherine Tai as the United States Trade Representative, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement:
“Manufacturers congratulate Katherine Tai on her historic nomination to serve as United States Trade Representative. With years of experience at the highest levels of U.S. trade policy, Katherine is widely respected. We worked extensively with her to ensure the USMCA’s passage, she is quick to listen to manufacturers’ concerns, and she has frequently briefed our members on ongoing trade issues. She has the expertise to confront China’s unfair trade practices. Her past work as USTR’s chief counsel for China trade enforcement and her experience bringing U.S. disputes against China to the World Trade Organization position her well to lead efforts to improve U.S.–China trade relations.
“Opening new markets and forging comprehensive new trade agreements with America’s trading partners are critical to manufacturing’s future and our nation’s recovery. To create more jobs in the United States, we need more opportunities to sell our products overseas. The NAM is committed to working constructively with Katherine, and we look forward to supporting her efforts to advance robust, open and rules-based global trade as we emerge from the pandemic.”
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.2 million men and women, contributes $2.35 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.