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 ...

Clear Majority of Americans Support Free Trade, Says Pew Survey

May 27, 2015 — Blog

Fifty-eight percent—that’s how many Americans think trade agreements are good for the U.S., according to survey results released today by the Pew Research Center. Just 33 percent disagree. In other words, a majority of Americans support free trade. The survey found that ...

Krauthammer: Vote for TPA Washington Post op-ed

May 15, 2015 — Blog

    By Charles Krauthammer That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions—provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this ...

#TBT: Reagan and Trade

May 14, 2015 — Blog

President Reagan with James Baker, Clayton Yeutter, and Allan Gotlieb signing the Canada United States Free Trade Agreement Implentation Act in the Rose Garden. 9/28/88. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we look back at one of the biggest champions of expanding American trade: Ronald Reagan. Our 40th president pursued a vigorous trade agenda. He negotiated the U.S.’s very first ...

CRS: TPA Gives ‘No New Authority’ to the President, Says New Report

May 14, 2015 — Blog

"TPA grants no new authority to the President," says a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. "The President possesses inherent authority to negotiate with other countries to arrive at trade agreements. If any such agreement requires changes in U.S. law, however, it could be implemented ...

Could TPA Take Away Your Guns? Not a Chance.

May 13, 2015 — Blog

Opponents of trade agreements have spun up all kinds of fallacies in an attempt to stop bipartisan trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation, offered by Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The latest, however, is perhaps the most ludicrous: that a pending trade agreement will somehow lead to restrictions on firearms and ammunition. Let’s just stop right there. Not gonna ...

Racing against the Clock—and China

May 13, 2015 — Blog

As Chairman Ryan has said: “If we sit by and do nothing, then China will write the rules of the global economy, particularly in Asia, to China's benefit. And that won't be to the benefit of the American worker.” This point was echoed today in