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Congressman Issa Named to Congressional Trade Advisory Committee

February 5, 2021


Washington, DC – California Congressman Darrell Issa was named to serve on the House Advisory Committee on Negotiations (HAGON), where he will consult and provide advice to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on trade agreements.  Issa stated:

“I am honored to join my colleagues on the Advisory Committee, and I appreciate Ranking Member Jim Jordan’s confidence in me to serve on behalf of the Judiciary Committee. Over the last few years, progress has been made in advancing America’s trade interests, and I aim to build on that success. 

“There is much to accomplish on a range of issues, including the USMCA, Chinese tariffs, Trade Promotion Authority and Digital Services Taxes. USTR would be wise to regularly engage this committees’ expertise. My background as a CEO, trade association leader and legislator representing a near-border District provides a balanced perspective that can help achieve the best outcomes possible for our constituents. 

The HAGON was created by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA) to facilitate consultations between the Administration and Congress on trade negotiations. HAGON is tasked with consulting and providing advice to the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the formulation of specific objectives, negotiating strategies and positions, the development of trade agreements, and compliance and enforcement of the negotiated commitments under trade agreements. All members of HAGON act are accredited as official advisors to the U.S. delegation for negotiations.

Congressman Issa represents the 50th District, located in Southern California and including San Diego and Riverside Counties. The region is home to some of the world’s leaders in innovation, industry, research and agriculture. Trade is central to the district’s economy with digital and material goods imported and exported through the Southern Border, the Port of San Diego and regional air hubs.