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Rubio Statement on Administration Announcement Regarding Florida’s Seasonal Growers
Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement after the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Agriculture released a report in response to the economic harm Florida’s seasonal and perishable produce growers have experienced as a result of Mexico’s unfair trade practices.
Last month, Rubio delivered testimony during the first of two virtual hearings on seasonal and perishable produce held by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The hearing focused on foreign trade practices that are harming American growers, especially Florida farmers, of seasonal and perishable produce. The virtual hearings were held after Rubio led the Florida delegation in securing a promise from the Administration to further examine this issue, and formulate a plan that addresses the severe harm that Florida growers continue to experience at the hands of Mexico and other nations.
“For years, Florida’s fruit and vegetable growers have been harmed by unfair trade practices from Mexico, and the Administration made a promise to me and the entire Florida congressional delegation earlier this year to thoroughly examine these unreasonable trade practices, and do something about it,” Rubio said. “Today’s announcement is a first step in delivering on that promise.”
“The joint report issued by the United States Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, and Department of Agriculture, the testimony that Florida growers offered at the hearings, and the many comments submitted for the record all speak to the seriousness of the economic harm that Florida farmers are experiencing due to Mexico’s unfair trade practices,” Rubio continued. “Growers have been in dire need of a timely, enforceable, and durable remedy. Mexico and other nations who have harmed Florida growers with impunity — even during a global pandemic — should consider themselves warned that I will remain engaged until this problem is fully and finally resolved. I will continue to work with Florida’s growers, the Administration, and other elected leaders as negotiations take place, the announced 201 investigation unfolds, as the other processes outlined in this plan proceed, and as further potential actions are considered. Florida’s growers are vital to our economy and national food supply chain. We will not permit our growers to continue suffering from unfair practices.”
“Senator Rubio has been out in front leading on this crucial issue on behalf of Florida’s growers of fresh produce since this process began,” Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) President Mike Joyner said. “We deeply appreciate the leadership he and his hard-working staff have provided as champions for Florida specialty crop agriculture in working toward a trade remedy that is timely, effective and lasting.”
Rubio has been leading the effort on behalf of Florida’s growers who are harmed by unfair trade practices from Mexico. When the Senate approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA), Rubio highlighted the shortcomings of the agreement as it relates to Florida’s seasonal growers.
- August 13, 2020: Rubio Delivers Defense of Florida’s Seasonal Growers at Virtual Hearing
- January 16, 2020: English/ Español: Rubio Statement on Senate Passage of USMCA
- September 29, 2019: Rubio: Today’s Suspension Agreement is a Significant Win for American Tomato Growers
- August 21, 2019: Rubio Applauds New Tomato Suspension Agreement
- August 8, 2019: Rubio Looks Forward to Conclusion of Antidumping Investigation on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico
- May 7, 2019: Rubio Applauds U.S. Commerce Department Withdrawal From Tomato Suspension Agreement with Mexico, Resumption of Antidumping Investigation
- May 7, 2019: ICYMI: Rubio stands with U.S. tomato growers in our battle against cheap Mexican imports
- April 4, 2019: Rubio, Colleagues Raise Concerns to Lighthizer Regarding Lack of Effective Trade Enforcement for Seasonal Produce in USMCA
- March 13, 2019: Rubio, Colleagues Fire Back in Defense of U.S. Farmers, Administration
- February 1, 2019: Rubio, Yoho Lead Colleagues in Urging Secretary Ross To Support U.S. Tomato Growers Suffering From Unfair Mexican Trade Practices
- February 7, 2019: Rubio, Yoho Applaud U.S. Commerce Department Decision to Withdraw From Tomato Suspension Agreement with Mexico
- January 3, 2019: Rubio, Buchanan Re-Introduce Bill To Combat Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices Hurting Florida Farmers
- September 26, 2018: Rubio, Nelson Introduce Bill to Combat Mexican Unfair Trade Practices Facing Florida Farmers