The Office of Congressional Affairs plays a pivotal role in the development of U.S. trade policy through communication with the U.S. Congress. The Office manages relations with Congress for the U.S. Trade Representative. The Office of Congressional Affairs acts as a point of contact for staff and members of Congress to ensure that our trade policy is responsive to their needs and interests.
The Office of Congressional Affairs provides briefings to Congress and interested third party stakeholders, responds to Congressional inquiries, provides advice to Congressional constituents, and coordinates with other USTR offices to help negotiate trade agreements and resolve trade disputes. Transcripts of all past hearings and notices of upcoming hearings are posted on the USTR website.
The Office is staffed with an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, a Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, and normally two or three Congressional Affairs Assistants.