Levin Statement Regarding Notification of International Services Agreement Negotiation

Jan 15, 2013

WASHINGTON – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the U.S. Trade Representative will enter into WTO negotiations regarding notification of an International Services Agreement (ISA).

“I am encouraged that the United States will be negotiating an International Services Agreement with other interested WTO Members,” said Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin.  “The U.S. services market is already one of the most open markets in the world, and our service suppliers are among the most competitive in the world.  The purpose of the negotiation must be to make progress that eluded the Doha Round discussions in ensuring reciprocal market access abroad for U.S. service suppliers.  It can help to establish new rules to address critical emerging issues, such as the trade-distorting actions of state-owned enterprises.  This Administration has played a leadership role in steering the WTO away from a dead-end and the ISA is one example of that leadership.”