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Even with the Subsidies, Obamacare Isn’t Affordable Care

June 04, 2015 — Blog

Soon the Supreme Court will decide whether the administration broke the law by providing Obamacare subsidies on the federal health insurance exchange. Although the law, as written, is pretty clear—subsidies for state exchanges only—Obamacare’s defenders are urging the Court to turn a blind eye to the law’s text. Turning off the subsidies will

Better than NAFTA: TPA Is a 21st Century Approach to Trade

June 04, 2015 — Blog

TPA requires that U.S. negotiators go beyond NAFTA to achieve trade agreements beneficial for the U.S. economy and our national security by meeting expansive, 21st century negotiating objectives. Agriculture: Updated provisions seek robust and enforceable rules on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and address improper use of geographical indications. We are seeking ...

The Surprising True Story of NAFTA

June 04, 2015 — Blog

The United States has a large trade SURPLUS with NAFTA, excluding oil/energy trade NAFTA is generating large and consistent U.S. trade surpluses:  Excluding crude oil and other energy products trade, the United States had an overall trade surplus with Canada and Mexico of $41.4 billion in 2014. Our NAFTA trade surplus extends across all three major ...

The Time for TPA Is Now

June 03, 2015 — Blog

Why now? What’s the urgency for trade promotion authority (TPA)? That’s the question some ask as the House moves toward a vote this month. The answer is, the world is watching. The world is moving ahead with or without us. And securing TPA later, even under a Republican president, doesn’t get any easier. Without TPA Soon, Pending Trade Agreements ...

NEW VIDEO: Speaker Boehner Puts TPA in Focus

June 03, 2015 — Blog

This morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is out with a new video that talks about what TPA—or trade promotion authority—is really all about. As the speaker explains, TPA is about jobs, and it’s about holding the president accountable. We use TPA to close out important ...

Ways and Means One Step Ahead of New CNN Investigation

June 03, 2015 — Blog

Last month, Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee introduced a series of bills to strengthen the integrity of our unemployment insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits programs—and for good reason. As a

Free Trade and Good Jobs

June 02, 2015 — Blog

The federal government recently revised its estimate of first-quarter GDP growth from a 0.2 percent increase to a 0.7 percent decrease. And one of the biggest drags was a growing trade deficit. The U.S. economy is slowing, and exports are falling as the U.S. stands still on ...

American Farm Bureau: Pass TPA

June 02, 2015 — Blog

We’ve documented how much rural America stands to gain from trade. Huge new markets in which to sell American agricutlural products. Stronger rules to allow American farmers and ranchers to compete on ...

Free Trade and Free Enterprise

June 01, 2015 — Blog

"As conservatives, we have always believed in free trade—because free trade is essential to free enterprise." That was part of the message from Chairman Ryan to his Republican colleagues this morning. Trade debates invariably get muddied by misinformation from those ...