I am a supporter of free and fair trade because it is crucial to economic success and job creation in Georgia. International trade affects forty-two percent of our jobs here in the United States. Americans produce the world's best products, and opening international markets to our businesses will benefit our economy and create jobs.
An essential element to any trade agreement is that it be fair to our industry and workers. Some past trade agreements failed on this account and I will only support agreements that ensure that we compete on a fair playing field. Trade yields many benefits for the Georgia economy, but we must hold our trading partners accountable.
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The United States is fortunate to be one of the only countries in the world with an agricultural industry capable of meeting the monumental challenge of feeding not only itself, but also its friends and neighbors around the world.
One of the biggest issues American producers currently face is the challenge of combating the “dumping” of foreign subsidized crops into U.S. markets below the cost of production.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, participated in a Committee hearing entitled, “Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture.” During the hearing, Rep. Scott stressed the importance of improving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make it the best deal for America’s farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement in regards to the House passage of H.R. 1314, the Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, commonly referred to as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of the Conference Report to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the development and maintenance of the nation’s waterway infrastructure, among other critical projects.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today joined all 16 members of the Georgia congressional delegation in sending a letter to Sylvia Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), expressing disappointment in OMB for its failure to support for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). Earlier this week, the Obama administration released its FY 2015 budget, and again failed to provide construction funding for the Savannah Harbor deepening.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today held a public hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 in advance of the 100th anniversary of its enactment on May 8, 2014.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today announced a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to review the Smith-Lever Act on its 100th anniversary.
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Republican negotiator on the Farm Bill conference committee, today delivered the following remarks in favor of the Agricultural Act of 2014 – the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following video statement in response to the President’s 2014 State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday:
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following opening remarks at the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee:
Opening Statement of Congressman Austin Scott
House-Senate Conference Committee