ICAR & co-signers submit letter concerning USTR confirmation hearing

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2017) – The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), AFL-CIO and seven other civil society organizations sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Finance today concerning the pending confirmation hearing of Mr. Robert Lighthizer as the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

In his inaugural address, President Trump promised that “[e]very decision on trade … will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” U.S. trade policy can only done so by raising labor, environmental, and human rights standards worldwide and enforcing such standards consistently. The next USTR will play a critical role in shaping such policy.

We urge the Senate Committee on Finance to use the confirmation process to elicit views and commitments from Mr. Lighthizer to ensuring that U.S. trade policy promotes, not erodes, the international standards for labor, environmental, and human rights

The letter can be viewed here.

For media inquiries, please contact ICAR’s Executive Director, Amol Mehra at amol@icar.ngo or 202-296-0146. For further information on the letter, please contact Sophia Lin, ICAR’s Legal and Policy Associate, at sophia@icar.ngo or 202-296-0147.