State of Louisiana Archives: on Free Trade


Clay Higgins: TPP is massive transfer of American wealth to Pacific Rim

A trade deal is uniquely negotiable every time. The totality of circumstance should be carefully considered and American posture on every trade deal should focus on one thing and one thing only: putting America first. American interests should be paramount in every single trade agreement. The proposed TPP is basically a massive transfer of American wealth to other Pacific Rim nations. I'm against it, as I am against NAFTA which came before it. Massive, complex trade deals, like TPP, tread on our national sovereignty and our Republic. They always favor multi-national corporations over American based corporations and the citizens of America always suffer a net loss. Additionally, I support Trump's promise to leverage China... and Mexico, and Russia, and every other sovereign nation which benefits from American wealth created by the sweat of our brow. America must win again, every time, in every way, in every trade negotiation. When America wins...ultimately... the world wins.
Source: 2016 Louisiana House campaign website CaptainHiggins.com Dec 10, 2016

Charles Boustany: 2013: Supported TPP; 2016: too many concessions

The candidate who may have the toughest time navigating anti-TPP sentiment is Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette. An ardent free-trader and considered the Louisiana delegation's foremost authority on trade policy, he has been a leader with the "Friends of the Trans-Pacific Partnership" congressional caucus, which was founded in 2013.

"After reading the text of the finalized agreement, it is abundantly clear the administration failed to meet key congressional objectives as specified in the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act," Boustany said in a statement. "I cannot support the TPP in its current form."

He later clarified that he disagreed with provisions in the deal that allow countries to refuse to give trade concessions to tobacco companies, allow Mexico to buy rice from Vietnam instead of Louisiana, and don't offer intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals as strong as those in U.S. law.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

Foster Campbell: TPP is skewed to the advantage of big business

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat from Elm Grove, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership was skewed to the advantage of big business and had attracted opposition from all political sides.

"If Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump are against it," he said, "we'd better take a good look at this deal because all sides are against it."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

John Fleming: TPP means open season on American jobs

Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, saw the Trans-Pacific Partnership as "open season to bring in as many foreign workers as possible" to take American jobs, he said at a forum Tuesday night. He earlier had criticized it for too few intellectual property protections and an attack on the American textile industry.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

John Neely Kennedy: TPP lacks safeguards against currency manipulation

State Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican from Madisonville, called the lack of any safeguards against currency manipulation the Trans-Pacific Partnership's major flaw. That's the tactic deployed when a country artificially keeps low the value of its money against the American dollar, making imported American goods more expensive than domestically made ones. "If you're in doubt about something this important that affects 40 percent of the world's economy, then I say don't do it," Kennedy said.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

Joseph Cao: No trade deal with Vietnam due to human rights abuses

Joseph Cao provided the most concise reason for his opposition to the TPP. He said he couldn't agree to any deal that includes Vietnam because of its history of human rights abuses. Cao escaped Vietnam to the United States as a child. "We, as a country founded on religious freedom, founded on rule of law, founded on democracy, have to trade with partners that have the same values," he said, adding that he would reconsider the deal if Vietnam were excised as a partner.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

Rob Maness: Criticized TPP for its closed-door negotiations

Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, R-Madisonville, couldn't be farther to the right of attorney Caroline Fayard, D-New Orleans, on the political spectrum, but both criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership for its closed-door negotiations and the potential threat to American jobs. "We need to have as free a market as possible but we need to have a level playing field for us Americans," Maness said.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2016 Louisiana Senate race Aug 10, 2016

Thomas Clements: No restrictions on trade, but no corporatism

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: No restrictions, but no corporatism. Free Trade should not have any barriers. Jobs lost are those we don't want.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Charles Boustany: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 12, 2015

John Fleming: No to Ex-im bank; No to fast-track

Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Louisiana Senate race Jun 12, 2015

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