Grassley sides with the National Pork Producers Council, National Association of Wheat Growers, USA Rice Federation and others in calling on the Obama Administration to conclude TPP talks without Japan – unless Tokyo provides significant market access to the U.S.
Grassley and 17 other Senators urged U.S. negotiators earlier to insist Japan end tariffs on five sensitive products – including pork and beef.
Japan has so far been unwilling to negotiate tariffs in sensitive ag sectors – even while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe committed earlier to put everything on the table.
Grassley says lawmakers are concerned the administration will let Japan off the hook – encouraging other trade partners like Europe to not make concessions. The EU’s trade minister said recently the EU will not change its laws on beef hormones and feed additive ractopamine – used in beef and pork production. Grassley suggests it defies science.