State of Wisconsin Archives: on Free Trade
Smart trade deals protect our sovereignty--not TPP
In Congress, I will fight for smart trade deals that are fair for Wisconsin workers and families, and do not compromise our sovereignty or our national security. I will also fight to reverse the out-of- control regulatory state that is suffocating our
manufacturers and stealing wages from Wisconsin workers, as well as the Obama-Clinton foreign policy weakness that has allowed China and other countries to compromise our economic and national security.
Wisconsin's companies need to be able to sell
goods to these other nations. But poorly negotiated trade agreements can put Wisconsin jobs and businesses at risk while letting countries like China break the rules. Unfortunately this President has a track record of negotiating bad deals and TPP fits
that pattern. I don't support the agreement.
When Wisconsin workers compete on a level playing field, we can out-compete and out-work anyone in the world. This starts by having trade agreements that are fair & beneficial for our citizens & employers.
Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website MikeForWisconsin.com
Nov 8, 2016
Opposes lousy trade deals
On the campaign trail, Feingold rails against "lousy trade deals" and whacks Sen. Johnson's record on issues like student loan debt, while noting the
Republican attended the University of Minnesota, prompting groans from the crowd.
Source: Politico.com on 2016 Wisconsin Senate race
Aug 5, 2015
Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track
Ballotpedia.org analysis of Congressional voting record on trade issues:
Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race
Jun 24, 2015
- Voted YEA on Trade adjustment assistance (TAA): On 5/22/15, the Senate passed the TAA measure in HR 1314 by a vote of 62 to 37. TAA is a federal program providing
American workers displaced by foreign trade agreements with job training and services.
- Voted YEA on Trade promotion authority (TPA): On 6/24/15, the Senate passed a TPA measure by a vote of 60-38, as part of HR 2146 .
TPA would give the president fast-track authority to negotiate trade agreements sent to Congress without the opportunity for amendment or filibuster.
Milk exports up; but also ginseng exports to China
Agricultural exports grew by 6% through the first three quarters of 2013, while dairy exports grew by 34%.
We made major investments in agriculture this year. At the University of Wisconsin, we are expanding the Dairy Resource Center at Babcock Hall
and building a new Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory.
We are proud to be America's Dairyland, but we are also one of the top states for corn, soybeans, potatoes, cherries, and other foods. Many may be surprised to know we are the number one
producer of cranberries in the US. And 95% of the ginseng exported to China comes from our state. Last April, we signed a ten-year agreement while on my trade mission in China worth between $150 and $200 million.
Not only is Asia a major market for our
ginseng, many people now come to north central Wisconsin to tour our ginseng operations. Food- and beverage-related tourism continues to grow. From tours of breweries, cheese factories, and even spice operations, Wisconsin is a great destination.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Wisconsin legislature
Jan 22, 2014
Global opportunity: Get WI products out to the world
The state's facing a fundamentally changed marketplace to which we have to respond. Like Wisconsin companies, our competition isn't just next door but also across the world. As a result, we must transform our government and business environment to compet
globally. With global competition also comes global opportunity. For instance, 96% of the world's population live and consume products outside of the US. Wisconsin businesses who want to grow, expand and create new, good-paying jobs need to be able to
get their products out to the world in a cost-effective manner. That means a strong transportation network in Wisconsin; re-prioritizing our transportation investments. I challenged the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to look at new ways to
reconstruct our state's busiest interchange--the Zoo Interchange--which is used by 350,000 people a day. Our transportation leaders met the challenge and developed a plan that will start the project ahead of schedule and save the taxpayer's $600 million.
Source: 2011 Wisconsin State of the State Address
Feb 1, 2011
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