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  • FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS
  • WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
  • OFFSHORING
Winning Issue » FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS


In 1994, in an effort to increase trade with Mexico and Canada, we approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), creating the world’s largest free trade area. NAFTA removed taxes on products traded between these countries and gave multinational corporations the unprecedented right to sue governments for infringement of “investment rights.” These investor protections encouraged the relocation of many American manufacturing plants to Mexico - which is cheaper and less regulated than we are. For nearly 20 years, NAFTA’s impact on American jobs has been intensely debated. However, it now appears Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential election statement regarding “the giant sucking sound” of U.S. jobs heading for the border was somewhat accurate. Supporters claim NAFTA has been a resounding success, crediting it for fueling unprecedented trade and creating millions of jobs here. Foreign investment in Mexico has quadrupled and its over-all trade has tripled during these two decades. They say we must continue to build upon NAFTA and think more as a region in order to be globally competitive. Advocates and unions agree that NAFTA has been a big success for multinational corporations and has made Mexico into a manufacturing giant, but they claim it has also caused great problems for many inhabitants of both nations. They claim offshoring and lower wages have hurt our economy, led to the loss of our manufacturing sector and significantly contributed to the demise of our middle class. They also say that Mexico’s rural industries have been destabilized. Many employees of Mexico’s small companies lost their jobs when their firms failed once NAFTA removed their protective tariffs. This unemployment has been cited as the main reason our illegal immigration doubled in the years after NAFTA was enacted, even though supporters had said this pact would reduce the incentive for illegal immigration. America lost much of its manufacturing and shipping jobs to NAFTA. What we are getting as a result of approving NAFTA, critics say, are American products with American design and technology but without American labor. They disagree that NAFTA has provided millions of jobs, claiming it has merely substituted good-paying American jobs for poor-paying ones. Studies show that over 60% of the net NAFTA job losses were high-paying manufacturing jobs in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Ohio. Critics also say that threats by corporations to relocate put significant downward pressure on the wages of many American jobs. They claim this “race to the bottom” is the legacy of free trade and NAFTA.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is another free trade agreement that Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, major media companies, our President and many in Congress wish to pass. The TPP involves an agreement with 12 Asia-Pacific region countries, representing about 40% of the world economy. These nations include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Much like the debate over previous trade treaties, TPP supporters say it will help our economy by increasing trade, and detractors say it will cost American jobs and put downward pressure on American wages while protecting the interests of multi-national corporations. The most vehement critics condemn the TPP as a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and some of the poorest people in the world.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1890 - Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015
S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015



Options


  • I oppose reforming current free trade agreement policy and wish to defeat H.R.1890 - Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 or S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to ensure that U.S. trading partners comply with trade agreements to which the United States is a party, and assist the USTR in investigating and prosecuting disputes before the World Trade Organization and pursuant to other bilateral or regional trade agreements to which the United States is a party, and wish to pass S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) and/or Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support withdrawing Congress's approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement and directing the President to provide written notice of the withdrawal to the governments of Canada and Mexico, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.156 - To provide for the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support awarding the President fast track Trade Promotion Authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership; prohibiting Congressional amendments or changes to this agreement; presenting this agreement to Congress for a yes or no vote within 90 days, and wish to pass H.R.1890 - Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) and/or Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support establishing within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) an Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to ensure that U.S. trading partners comply with trade agreements to which the United States is a party, and assist the USTR in investigating and prosecuting disputes before the World Trade Organization and pursuant to other bilateral or regional trade agreements to which the United States is a party, and wish to pass S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) and/or Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: S.758 - Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Debbie Stabenow, MI
Status: Senate Finance Committee
Chairman: Sen. Orrin Hatch, UT

If elected as a trustee, Public Citizen will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for increasing enforcement provisions of the North American Trade Agreement.

Since 1971, Public Citizen has served as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital, ensuring that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. It accepts no government or corporate money – relying on foundation grants, publication sales and support from its 300,000 members. For four decades, it has championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch, agencies and the courts. Public Citizen has successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries -and many others. It advocates against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide and considers itself the countervailing force to corporate power. Public Citizen has five policy groups including its Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group and its Litigation Group. Public Citizen has advocated against many of the effects of free trade policies, stating these packs have produced a negative impact on the American work force because of rising imports or offshoring production. It believes that free trade policies should be scrutinized less for the tariffs they eliminate and more for their potentially negative effects upon the overall growth and development of a nation’s economy.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020