The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is holding three days of marathon public hearings this week regarding the upcoming negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Yesterday’s initial session featured textile makers, the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and the Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association. They were followed by representatives of the agriculture sector – which is generally supportive of the deal – hailing from tomato, strawberry, wheat and corn growers, as well as three different cattlemen’s trade groups. Those speakers were joined by the Pet Food Institute and the National Renderers Association, the lobby group for the industry that recycles livestock slaughterhouse byproducts, among other things, into soaps, paints, and the like.
The recording industry, the motion pictures association, the Library Copyright Alliance, and the Consortium for Common Food Names rounded out the Tuesday session, accompanied by the National Football League, which is currently involved in a dispute with Canada’s telecommunications regulator over broadcast advertising rules.
Click here for a complete list of panelists that testified at Tuesday’s session.