State of Oregon Archives: on Free Trade


Ron Wyden: Key supporter of fast-track trade-promotion authority

Disapproval trails Ron Wyden these days. Over the past few months, he's become the White House's chief congressional ally on free trade, helping President Obama and the US Trade Representative push for a bill to streamline the passage of trade deals. That's alienated liberal activists in Oregon, his home state, who show up at the senator's public events flying a 30-foot-long blimp that says, "Ron Wyden: It's up to you. Don't betray us!"

In the Senate, [many Democrats] oppose giving the president "fast-track" trade-promotion authority, which limits Congress's ability to modify trade agreements the administration negotiates with foreign governments. "The answer is not only no, but hell no," Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said. His advice to Wyden: "Slow this thing down a little bit."

The fast-track bill would let Congress instruct negotiators what it wants out of a trade deal, but then stop lawmakers from tacking on any amendments when presented with the treaty for approval.

Source: Bloomberg.com coverage of 2016 Oregon Senate race May 2, 2015

Jeff Merkley: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership

In Congress, the crucial Oregon forest issue centers on legislation dealing with some 2.8 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon known as the Oregon & California Railroad lands. Both Wehby and Conger prefer the House-passed bill sponsored by three Oregon congressman, that would put much of the land in a state-managed trust aimed at boosting timber harvests.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has his own somewhat more restrictive O&C plan. Conger flatly says he would vote against it if the Wyden plan came to the Senate floor. Wehby says she'd wait to see the final form.

Both lean toward supporting free-trade pacts. But neither is ready to commit on the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership or on legislation--known as Trade Promotion Authority--that would allow an up-or-down congressional vote on any trade agreement approved by negotiators.

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 2, 2014

Monica Wehby: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership

In Congress, the crucial Oregon forest issue centers on legislation dealing with some 2.8 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon known as the Oregon & California Railroad lands. Both Wehby and Conger prefer the House-passed bill sponsored by three Oregon congressman, that would put much of the land in a state-managed trust aimed at boosting timber harvests.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has his own somewhat more restrictive O&C plan. Conger flatly says he would vote against it if the Wyden plan came to the Senate floor. Wehby says she'd wait to see the final form.

Both lean toward supporting free-trade pacts. But neither is ready to commit on the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership or on legislation--known as Trade Promotion Authority--that would allow an up-or-down congressional vote on any trade agreement approved by negotiators.

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 2, 2014

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