A coalition of 48 food and agriculture industry members signed a letter urging Congressional support for S. 629 and H.R. 3653, legislation known as the UNITED Act, that would grant the President, in consultation with Congress, the ability to seek a comprehensive trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom (U.K.). A copy of the letter is below for reference.

Food & Agriculture Associations Letter Requesting Co-Sponsorship of the UNITED Act

June 7, 2023

Dear [Member of Congress],

We write to express our strong support for S. 629 and H.R. 3653, bipartisan, bicameral legislation known as the UNITED Act, which we respectfully request you co-sponsor.

Introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Representatives Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Jim Himes (D-CT), the companion bills would grant the President, in consultation with Congress, the ability to seek a comprehensive trade agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom (U.K.).

As supporters of trade agreements that advance American strategic and economic interests, we see these bills as a tremendous opportunity. A comprehensive trade agreement with the U.K. would broaden the scope of exporting opportunities for American businesses, strengthen our supply chain resilience, and improve the well-being of our consumers. As organizations representing America’s agriculture industry, we further believe this legislation would bring economic opportunities to American farmers, ranchers, and food producers. In particular, we look forward to working closely with you to not only secure passage of the UNITED Act, but to also advance and promote transparent, predictable, and science- and risk-based trade policies that yield substantive gains in U.S. agricultural market access to the UK in any ensuing negotiations resulting from this legislation.

Overall, we find that agricultural stakeholders, rural communities, and the American people at large would benefit from enactment of the UNITED Act and use of the authority it would provide. We celebrate the bipartisan leadership in Congress to strengthen our already close relationship with the U.K. and increase the prosperity of Americans.

Thank you for considering our views.


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American Bakers Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Fruit & Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition

American Seed Trade Association

American Soybean Association

Animal Health Institute

At-sea Processors Association

California Prune Board

California Walnut Commission

Cargill Incorporated

Corn Refiners Association

CropLife America

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

Farmers for Free Trade

FMI – the Food Industry Association

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Independent Bakers Association

International Dairy Foods Association

International Fresh Produce Association

Leather and Hide Council of America

Meat Import Council of America

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

National Chicken Council

National Corn Growers Association

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Fisheries Institute

National Grain & Feed Association

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

National Turkey Federation

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers’ Association

North American Renderers Association

Northwest Horticultural Council

Pacific Seafood Processors Association

Pet Food Institute

Sweetener Users Association

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Dairy Export Council

U.S. Pea & Lentil Trade Association

USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council

USA Rice

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