Tense exchange on US-Mexico corn dispute in the House

by | Apr 18, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

The still-unresolved dispute with Mexico over its limits on genetically modified corn made for a tense exchange between a Nebraska GOP lawmaker and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai at a recent House Ways and Means Committee hearing.

Adrian Smith (R-NE) did not hold back criticism after Tai confirmed that President Biden was briefed on the USMCA dispute case against Mexico. The dispute centers around Mexico implementing a phase out of yellow feed corn and a ban on GM white corn for human consumption.

Smith accused the White House of giving a “pass” on corn by not holding Mexico to the trade standards agreed to in the USMCA.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai had this response.

Smith told Tai that her response meant that President Biden chose to stay silent on the trade dispute. He says he didn’t accept that as “being concerned” about Mexico’s restrictions on U.S. GM corn.