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    This page contains Congressional resolutions. Resolutions indicate the topics that legislators care about, but cannot legislate about.

99-MGC4 on Nov 19, 1999

Resolution: the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:
Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on Agri. Trade
  • WHEREAS, The Midwestern Governorsí Conference (MGC) has recognized that agriculture producers are primarily family-owned farms and cannot compete against trade barriers such as prohibitive tariffs, excessive requirements for food items unrelated to the safety of the product, and the continued existence of state trading enterprises; and
  • WHEREAS, Markets such as Europe are not approving US agricultural technology rapidly enough to allow for US products to stay competitive; now therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, The MGC is committed to ensuring US agricultural exports are able to move freely in all foreign markets in order to strengthen the economic situation of the agriculture industry;
  • RESOLVED, That because the Seattle Ministerial is seen as a unique opportunity to highlight American agricultural products to the WTO delegates and to insure that agriculture trade issues are not left unresolved as in previous international trade negotiations, the MGC urge US negotiators to refrain from finalizing any sector agreements, until all sector agreements are successfully negotiated;
  • RESOLVED, That the MGC call upon Congress to support fast-track authority to be granted to the President;
  • RESOLVED, That the MGC call for the elimination of foreign export subsidies, dumping activities, and unjustified import quotas and include these issues in negotiations with the WTO;
  • RESOLVED, That the MGC urge that the United States Trade Representative focus WTO agricultural negotiations on gaining approval for new US agricultural products and technology in other markets; and
  • RESOLVED, That the MGC call for the establishment of a speedy resolution process within the WTO for addressing the issues of non-tariff barriers.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 13. Question 13: Support & expand free trade Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Free Trade
  • Headline: Grant fast-track authority to the President (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 99-MGC4

Mel Carnahan s1sMO Democratic Senator (Former) 
Ben Nelson s1sNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Frank O'Bannon s1sIN Former Democratic Governor (1997-2003) 
Paul Patton s1sKY Former Democrat Governor (1995-2003) 
Edward Schafer s1sND Former Democratic Governor (1992-2000); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 
Tom Vilsack s1sIA Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA) 



Republicans participating in 99-MGC4

John Engler s1sMI Former Republican Governor (1991-2002) 
Bill Graves s1sKS Former Republican Governor (1995-2002) 
Bill Janklow s1sSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
George Ryan s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1999-2002) 
Bob Taft s1sOH Former Republican Governor (1999-2006) 



Independents participating in 99-MGC4

Tommy Thompson s1sUS Cabinet-2005 
Jesse Ventura s1sMN Former Independent Governor (1999-2002) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 5
Independents: 2


















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