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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Welcomes House Vote to Extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia and Moldova

November 16, 2012


Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today hailed the overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives to end the application of Jackson-Vanik to Russia and Moldova, and authorize the President to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to both countries. The bill is now expected to move to the Senate.

"This vote brings us one step closer to the day when America’s businesses and workers will enjoy the full benefits of Russia’s World Trade Organization membership, and will no longer be disadvantaged compared to their global competitors,” Ambassador Kirk said. “The House made an important vote today to support American businesses’ and workers’ access to the Russian market on a level playing field with their global competitors. We look forward to action from the Senate that will send a bill to the President.”