State of Arkansas Archives: on Free Trade

Conner Eldridge: Opposes Trans Pacific Partnership; supports fair trade

Eldridge reaffirmed his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership--a trade agreement between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim countries. Eldridge said he is concerned about the trade deal's impact on Arkansas's workers, especially the state's rice farmers.

"I support fair trade that helps all Arkansans, including our rice farmers, which is why I oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership in its current form. We need a trade deal that expands export markets for all commodities and strengthens Arkansas's entire agricultural and manufacturing communities - this deal does not meet that test. As someone who grew up on a rice farm in east Arkansas, I understand the concerns voiced by everyday farmers and workers, which is why I know Arkansas loses with bad trade deals like this. We want free trade agreements that are fair and enforced on all countries.

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website Apr 1, 2016

Bruce Westerman: Expand foreign markets for farm exports

There is no question that American agriculture is the best in the world. Although they account for slightly over 2% of the population, American farmers produce enough food and fiber for every American and export nearly a quarter of their product worldwide. I will advocate that future agricultural policies should focus on ensuring a reliable and safe food supply by:
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Mike Beebe: Cuba's interest in AR exports is good for the state

I led a trade and economic development mission to Cuba. Arkansas has a history of exporting rice, poultry, textiles, and cereal products to Cuba. We traveled to Cuba to explore the ways Arkansas can improve and expand trade relations with this island nation that lies a mere 90 miles off the coast of Florida. After meeting with Cuba's trade minister and foreign affairs representatives, I'm convinced that Cuba wants to encourage American tourism and trade.
Source: Arkansas 2009 gubernatorial press release #1797 Aug 7, 2009

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