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In Washington, international trade supports 40 percent of jobs and creates economic growth. Our export economy relies on access to international customers - especially to sell the agriculture products that farmers produce here at home. In fact, Washington is the most trade-supported state in the nation. As economies in the Asia-Pacific expand, our Central Washington retailers, manufacturers, and agriculture producers are well-positioned to strengthen our trading position through effectively-negotiated agreements that reduce trade barriers. To benefit our local economy and create jobs, our producers need a level playing field to offer world-class products to overseas customers. In addition to promoting engagement in the world market, increasing the stability of the supply chain is also critical for our economy. Preventing another devastating West Coast ports shutdown, when a disagreement between labor and port management dragged on for months and damaged our economy and reduced our market share, is a top priority of mine in Congress. I support increasing Washington’s competitive export economy through improving trade opportunities.

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Murray, Cantwell, DelBene, Newhouse Call on Trump Administration to Save Washington State Jobs, Resolve Trade Dispute with China

Mar 14 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene and Dan Newhouse sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling on him to defend the U.S. polysilicon manufacturing industry from Chinese tariffs to save hundreds of high-paying Washington jobs.

Bipartisan WA Congressional Delegation Urges U.S. Trade Representative to Address Trade Retaliation Affecting Washington’s Economy

Jun 11 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Dan Newhouse (WA-04) joined Chairman of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Dave Reichert (WA-08), and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress from Washington State urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to address retaliation by our trading partners in response to the Administratio