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Senate passes African trade pact

Published on May 18, 2015

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted by an overwhelming vote of 97-1 to extend for 10 years the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which gives non-reciprocal trade preferences for African countries that meet its eligibility requirements. Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma was the lone “no” vote.

The Senate version requires the Office to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to launch a review of South Africa’s eligibility within 30 days of President Barack Obama signing the renewal bill into law. This language was offered by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) during a Senate Finance Committee mark-up of the bill on April 22 and was approved unanimously by voice vote. Isakson and Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) have been instrumental in fighting to ensure that fair trade in all commodities, including chicken, resumes between the United States and South Africa.

National Chicken Council president Mike Brown applauded the work of Isakson and Coons for their leadership in resolving the issue and for their hard work in reauthorizing AGOA. Read more. Source | Feedstuffs