Rep. Huelskamp took time on Wednesday to show newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam to the United States the way things are done in Kansas.
The day took His Excellency Nguyen Quoc Cuong to various sites around Washington, Kan., including stops at a pig farm and an area bank.
During a luncheon at the bank the two shared their views on prospective trade agreements between the the U.S. and Vietnam. Such agreements are currently being negotiated that would open up markets not only in Vietnam but in other Asian countries that are interested in buying American agricultural products.
“The majority of the world’s consumers live outside the United States’ borders,” Huelskamp said, “and the government should not stand in the way of American farmers and producers selling their goods to them.”
Cuong’s visit comes as Huelskamp ratchets up pressure on the Obama administration to proceed with fair trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. The agreements have been awaiting approval from the president for over a month. If signed, they still require Congressional support, which Huelskamp believes is in place.
“Our state is likely export $106 million in agricultural goods to Korea, $21 million to Colombia, and $1 million to Panama,” Huelskamp said in a weekly press release. ”Members of both parties understand the significant economic impact these agreements would provide to each of the 50 states.”