Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter to the President regarding the impact of foreign antitrust enforcement on American citizens and businesses abroad. The letter recommends, among other items, that the President establish a “White House Working Group on International Competition” to coordinate international competition and trade policy within the U.S. and also to develop a comprehensive and consistent strategy to address misuse of foreign competition law by foreign governments.

Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Grassley have issued the following statements:

Chairman Goodlatte: “I thank my colleague Chairman Grassley for his hard work on this issue. The House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust hearings have highlighted concerns about abuses of international antitrust laws by foreign governments, including lack of due process, disregard for intellectual property rights, and refusal to take action against state-owned and state-sponsored entities in other countries.

“I urge the President to form a working group to coordinate a consistent response to trade and antitrust policy across the Administration.”

Chairman Grassley: “American companies doing business abroad should be treated fairly. Unfortunately, in some places antitrust laws are abused to create an uneven playing field that harms American businesses. President Trump has made it a priority to get better deals for American businesses in the global marketplace. Chairman Goodlatte and I are calling on the President to examine how best to address misuse of foreign competition law and ensure Americans receive fair treatment from foreign governments and are able to compete on a level playing field.”

Background: 

In March 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the “Report and Recommendations” of its bipartisan independent investigation into international trade and competition law, including 12 recommendations for more effective and integrated international trade and antitrust law. One of the first recommendations included the establishment of a White House working group to prioritize these issues.

In May 2017, the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held an oversight hearing on recent trends in international antitrust enforcement, including a review of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ICPEG’s report.

Read the full text of Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Grassley’s letter to the White House here.