Will Biden stop the race to the bottom in trade policy?

IATP program director Karen Hansen-Kuhn and I ask whether the Biden administration, and its incoming U.S. Trade Representative, Katherine Tai, will resist industry demands to challenge the Mexican government’s proposed restrictions on genetically modified corn and the herbicide glyphosate. (See my previous article.)

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With the confirmation of Katherine Tai as President Biden’s new U.S. trade representative expected in the coming days, will we see a new approach to trade? In her confirmation hearing, Tai acknowledged that trade had failed to “bring up standards with respect to workers and environmental protection,” instead often producing “a race to the bottom.”

Tai’s nomination received bipartisan support, including from progressive Democrats who gave her high marks for her earlier work to strengthen labor and environmental provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced NAFTA. She also helped win the elimination of investor-state dispute settlement, which allows corporations to sue governments over rules that threaten their profits.

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… read the full article at American Prospect

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