Wyden, Levin Blast WTO Report On 'Trade-Restrictive Measures'

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The ranking members of the House and Senate trade committees today sent a letter to the head of the World Trade Organization lambasting the organization's secretariat for issuing a report that calls for the removal of antidumping and countervailing duties instead of urging WTO members to resolve the policies that create the need for duties in the first place.

[ Daily News| September 08, 2016 | Inside US Trade]

“We are deeply disappointed that the Secretariat of the WTO has once again issued a report that expresses concern not with dumping, not with trade-distorting subsidies, and not with unsafe imported foods, but instead expresses concern with the measures taken to address those very real problems,” Ways & Means Committee ranking member Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-WI) wrote in a Sept. 8 letter to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo.

The letter refers to a June report issued by the WTO Secretariat on so-called “trade-restrictive measures.” The report found that G20 members have ratcheted up such measures to the highest monthly level since 2009.

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  • commented 2016-09-10 10:59:51 -0400
    These are the oligarchs who are hard at work attempting to manipulating through the “back door” policy of the WTO just incase any gains are made in the current TPP provisions for the US to implement future import tariffs as Trump is planning to do. If HRC is elected the WTO would become problematic because she will flip back in favor of the current TPP provisions that will take away our sovereignty and promotes more globalization that recognizes no borders or rule of law under our constitution. With Trump we probably should also get out of the WTO but not with Clinton. She is a bought and paid form puppet-mail carrier of the WTO and the oligarchs never ending greed for more 1% only profit and wealth inequality. We need to put an end to further globalization without equitable wealth distribution mechanisms built into all future trade agreements.