State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Free Trade


John Fetterman: Fight to reverse bad trade policies like NAFTA

It's time we leveled the playing field to narrow the huge disparity of wealth in today's economy. We need a healthy, growing middle class and policies that promote that. As Senator, I will fight to reverse bad trade policies like NAFTA that have sent American jobs overseas, driven down wages and decimated communities like Braddock across Pennsylvania. We need to return to valuing the American worker and blue collar jobs as much as we value white collar, financial jobs.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com Apr 1, 2016

Joe Sestak: Supports Ex-Im Bank & supports trade agreements in principle

Sestak contrasted his ideas against opponent Pat Toomey's comments about the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that provides financing and insurance to businesses that export their products. In a recent letter to fellow senators, Toomey argued that the bank should not be reauthorized because it is "one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare in our government."

Sestak isn't taking a position yet on a pending trade agreement that the Obama administration argues will create job opportunities by boosting exports. Some Democrats have expressed skepticism that the deal with Japan and other Pacific countries will be beneficial to Pennsylvania.

Sestak said he wants to see the United States, not China, helping set trade guidelines in those countries--a position that Toomey also has outlined. "In principle, I'd like to be for it, because I want to set the rules of the road for trade," Sestaksaid. "Trade is part of our national security."

Source: Mcall.com coverage of 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race May 7, 2015

Joe Sestak: Supports TPP in principle, but verify openly before we trust

Sestak isn't taking a position yet on a pending trade agreement [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] that the Obama administration argues will create job opportunities by boosting exports. Sestak was critical of the Obama administration's not being more forthcoming about the trade negotiations, saying those details should be available before the president seeks a faster approval process for completing the trade deal.

"But don't you trust Obama?" asked one citizen. "I'm a guy that verifies before he trusts," Sestak replied.

In an interview later, Sestak said some U.S. workers have been harmed by past trade deals, particularly those without a college degree. Better job-retraining programs should be put in place to help workers who might be hurt by the ripple effects of a trade agreement, along with tough requirements on labor practices and environmental standards for countries that sign the eventual deal.

Source: Mcall.com coverage of 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race May 7, 2015

Pat Toomey: Ex-Im Bank is an egregious forms of corporate welfare

[Democratic opponent Joe] Sestak contrasted his ideas against Toomey's comments about the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that provides financing and insurance to businesses that export their products. In a recent letter to fellow senators, Toomey argued that the bank should not be reauthorized because it is "one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare in our government."

Sestak said he wants to see the United States, not China, helping set trade guidelines in those countries--a position that Toomey also has outlined. But Sestak is reserving judgment on whether the agreement will be helpful or harmful until the full details are released. "In principle, I'd like to be for it, because I want to set the rules of the road for trade," he said. "Trade is part of our national security."

Source: Mcall.com coverage of 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race May 7, 2015

Tom Wolf: Create "Made in Pennsylvania" cash-back jobs program

We must bring manufacturing jobs back to our state. We propose the creation of a "Made in Pennsylvania" cash-back jobs program.

For manufacturing companies that increase their annual taxable payroll by at least one million dollars to create solid, middle-class jobs: they will receive cash payments of up to five percent of new taxable income the following year.

And let's go one step further: In our Grant and Loan Programs we should give priority to Pennsylvania companies. We should and we will.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Pennsylvania Legislature Mar 3, 2015

Brendan Boyle: Americans compete on an unfair playing field

When elected to Congress, I will fight to:
Source: 2014 Pennsylvania House campaign website, VoteBoyle.com Oct 10, 2014

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2016 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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