Gardner Statement on Opposition to United States Trade Representative Nominee Robert Lighthizer

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement after voting against Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee to be United States Trade Representative: 

“I could not support Robert Lighthizer’s nomination to become the United States Trade Representative because I’m afraid his policies could hurt Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. In light of the current agricultural crisis facing much of rural America, if we are not open to new trade opportunities, farmers and ranchers in Colorado and across the country will continue to struggle to make ends meet. We have to allow our agricultural products to flow to markets around the world and negotiate fair deals that will boost agriculture exports. Although I did not support Lighthizer’s nomination today, I am committed to working with him to advance the interests of Colorado’s agriculture community.”