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FY2011 Budget Information and Comment from Ambassador Kirk

February 01, 2010

Please note: specific information regarding USTR's FY2011 budget can be found at on page 1152 at this URL:

Washington, D.C. - As the Office of Management and Budget unveiled President Obama's Fiscal Year 2011 budget today, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk commented on priorities that USTR funding will facilitate. As the nation's lead trade policy agency, USTR is working to make trade work better for the American people, with a focus on increasing exports to support well-paying jobs here at home. From Ambassador Kirk today:

"The Office of the United States Trade Representative is working right now for America's economic recovery, pitching in on the President's initiative to put more Americans back to work through increased exports and a dynamic trade policy overall. And as we act on the immediate trade objectives the President outlined in his State of the Union address, we're also looking toward future successes that will support increased exports and American jobs over the long term," said Kirk. "This is a time when Americans are watching every dollar, and this budget reflects this Administration's commitment to a leaner fiscal outlook. But this budget still invests in sustained efforts to enforce Americans' trade rights around the world and to enhance economic opportunity here at home. In particular, it will facilitate USTR's work to better access the growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region - through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and through a successful 2011 meeting of the trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum here in the United States."

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. USTR seeks to make trade policy a powerful contributor to the President's national economic agenda for revival of the global economy and renewal of growth that benefits all people.