Dear ASA members and supporters:
We ask that you contact your representative and tell them to vote YES on H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012. The House leadership intends to bring this legislation for a floor vote early next week if we can demonstrate sufficient support for H.R. 6156. Passage of this legislation will graduate Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment and authorize the U.S. to establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with the world’s sixth largest economy.
On Aug. 22 – less than 30 days – Russia will become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In order for U.S. soybean farmers to take advantage of the many market opening commitments that form Russia’s accession package to the WTO, Congress must pass legislation to graduate Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment.
There are only FOUR legislative days remaining to pass this legislation – it is critical that Congress enact it before the August recess.
Contact your representative to express support of H.R. 6156 and PNTR with Russia by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Also find contact information atwww.house.gov/representatives/find/.