House Resolution 15 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 15 BY HIGHFILL and ABDUL-SAMAD A Resolution recognizing the relationship between 1 Taiwan and the State of Iowa, supporting Taiwan’s 2 efforts to secure entry into the Trans-Pacific 3 Partnership, and endorsing the signing of a 4 bilateral investment agreement between Taiwan and 5 the United States. 6 WHEREAS, relations between the Republic of China 7 (Taiwan) and the United States, and in particular the 8 State of Iowa with which Taiwan shares sister-city 9 and sister-state ties, are marked by strong bilateral 10 trade, educational and cultural exchanges, and 11 tourism; and 12 WHEREAS, Taiwan, in order to contribute to greater 13 regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region 14 and further promote bilateral investment and trade 15 relations with the United States, seeks to join the 16 Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed 21st century 17 trade agreement between the United States and 11 other 18 Asia-Pacific Rim countries; and 19 WHEREAS, negotiations for a bilateral investment 20 agreement between Taiwan and the United States are an 21 important step toward further strengthening bilateral 22 trade and paving the way for entering into a free trade 23 agreement between our two nations thereby increasing 24 Iowa’s exports to Taiwan and creating bilateral 25 investment and technical collaboration through tariff 26 reduction and other trade facilitation measures; NOW 27 THEREFORE, 28 -1- LSB 2421HH (2) 86 rn/nh 1/ 2
H.R. 15 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 1 the House of Representatives affirms its commitment to 2 the strong and deepening sister-city and sister-state 3 relationships between Taiwan and the State of Iowa, 4 reaffirms its support for Taiwan’s efforts to secure 5 entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership to contribute 6 to greater regional integration, and endorses the 7 signing of a bilateral investment agreement between 8 Taiwan and the United States to increase exports and 9 facilitate trade and investment with Taiwan; and 10 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the 11 House of Representatives is hereby directed to send a 12 copy of this Resolution to United States Secretary of 13 State John F. Kerry, the Taipei Economic and Cultural 14 Office in Chicago, Illinois, and the members of Iowa’s 15 congressional delegation. 16 -2- LSB 2421HH (2) 86 rn/nh 2/ 2