Senate Ag Leaders Weigh In On Doha

December 9, 2008

Committee Letter to President Bush

Twenty-two United States Senators from farm states sent President Bush a letter on Dec. 8 expressing their “serious concerns about the direction of global agricultural trade negotiations in Geneva.”

The letter, which was signed by 15 members of the Agriculture Committee including Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), stated, “The potential modalities framework now under consideration by negotiators in Geneva is not sound or balanced from the perspective of U.S. agriculture.”

“Absent substantial improvements in the July framework, any modalities agreement will not benefit U.S. agriculture and will not have our support,” the Senators concluded.

The entire letter can be downloaded here: Download pdf and full text of the letter.