State of Maryland Archives: on Free Trade
Support only free trade deals that are fair and balanced
Jamie will support only free trade deals that are fair and balanced, that address foreign currency manipulation and repressive employment practices,
that have strong environmental and labor protections which cannot be undercut, and that are accompanied by investment in training and education for workers adversely affected.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com
Nov 8, 2016
Support TPP to expand free trade with Pacific nations
Q: Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Have free trade deals generally been good for the U.S.?
Szeliga: The Maryland economy relies on trade. The idea of expanding free trade with nations in the Pacific would produce more jobs and improve
our economy. Additionally, nations that trade with each other are less likely to enter military conflicts. In any free trade agreements, we must ensure the agreement will benefit the American economy.
Source: Baltimore Sun Voter Guide on 2016 Maryland Senate race
Sep 9, 2016
Movement against corporate rigged trade agreements like TPP
As it did in the early 20th century, capitalism itself is failing once again, especially this late stage predatory capitalism with its corrupt financial market domination. It's time for a new system.
What should the movement do?
A movement sprang up out of the last collapse, the Occupy Movement, has since grown and dispersed into other areas where people are organizing around issues like debt, especially student debt, home foreclosures, banking regulation and livable wages.
The Black Lives Matter movement, which is primarily focused on police violence, also understands the racially unfair economy. And, the movement against corporate rigged trade agreements like the TPP has united movements and shown people how
economics impacts everything from food, water and the environment to labor and banking regulation to the Internet and more. We are all connected.
Source: 2016 Maryland Senate campaign website FlowersForSenate.org
Feb 3, 2016
Chris Van Hollen:
I oppose TPP; but look at each trade deal individually
On trade, Edwards said that there were "differences in our records." While both oppose an Asia trade agreement currently under negotiation, Edwards has consistently opposed free-trade agreements;
Van Hollen has not. He said he looks at each trade deal individually before deciding whether it will help or hurt U.S. workers.
Source: Wash. Post coverage of 2016 Maryland Senate debate
Mar 5, 2015
Free and fair trade plus multilateralism
America faces many challenges in today's world, and one of the greatest of these is the lack of consistent leadership. Our allies and enemies alike must know where America stands and WHAT we stand for.
I believe in peace through strength, free and fair trade, and multilateralism based on American leadership.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com
Oct 15, 2012
Led trade mission to Ghana and South Africa
Expanding business development abroad
Source: 2006 Senate website, michaelsteeleformaryland.com, “Issues”
Oct 25, 2006
- As Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor, Michael Steele led an historic trade mission to Ghana and South Africa to advance opportunities for small businesses in Maryland to bring their goods and services
to the global market. In the United States Senate, Michael Steele will continue a growth-oriented dialogue with countries all over the world to advance the interests of Maryland businesses and to help them compete in an ever-changing global economy.
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