Later this week, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Foundation will honor a congresswoman from the Sunshine State for her record on international trade.

Last month, the NFTC announced it was going to honor U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at the World Trade Dinner and Awards Ceremony which will be held in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Murphy, who sits on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Trade Subcommittee, is being honored for her “strong support for pro-trade policies and her efforts to reassert congressional authority over tariffs.”

“Congresswoman Murphy is a leading example of the new, dynamic generation of House members who understand how vital trade is to the success of America’s businesses, workers and consumers,” said NFTC President Rufus Yerxa “Her work on tariff reform and her efforts to promote a strategic review of issues such as U.S.- China trade are of utmost importance, and we are pleased to be able to recognize her commitment to the principles and goals of NFTC.”

“Congressman LaHood is a key leader in helping to advance a legislative agenda for digital trade that reinforces U.S. global leadership in this vital area,” said Jake Colvin, the vice president for global trade and innovation at NFTC and executive director of the Global Innovation Forum. “His bipartisan approach and keen understanding of the need for better trade rules for the digital age are highly valued by our members.”

Portman is being honored with the new International Tax Award due to his work on international trade tax policy.

“Tax and trade go hand in hand,” said Cathy Schultz, NFTC’s vice president for tax policy. “Nobody understands that better than Senator Portman. This year he has worked tirelessly in the Senate to gain ratification of key bilateral tax treaties and to ensure proper implementation of new tax laws. His efforts in both areas have been extremely important to empowering American businesses in global trade.”

After upsetting longtime U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., in 2016 to represent a swing district in Central Florida, Murphy could be a Republican target in the 2020 election cycles though she did impressively defeat then-state Rep. Mike Miller in last year’s general election.


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