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Phil Bredesen on Free Trade

Democratic TN Governor

 


Open state's first economic development office in Beijing

Phil Bredesen today announced plans to lead a trade delegation to China to open the state's first-ever economic development office in Beijing and to build greater economic & cultural ties with one of Tennessee's fastest growing customers.

The Governor made the announcement today in Memphis during a contract signing ceremony between U.S. cotton growers and officials of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The agreement calls for the export of more than 350,000 metric tons of cotton valued at more than $500 million from the U.S. to China.

"The trade relationship between China and Tennessee has been growing at a rapid pace and holds the potential for even stronger growth," said Governor Bredesen. "We're taking an important step with this agreement on cotton, but China has demonstrated a willingness to purchase chemicals, electronics and manufactured goods from Tennessee as well. I believe having a permanent economic development presence in China is a good start toward a stronger trade relationship."

Source: 2007 gubernatorial press release: "Trade Mission To China" , May 18, 2007

Declined state commitment to CAFTA.

Bredesen is profiled in ALIPAC report on Governors

States' commitments under CAFTA:

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) compiled a list of the status of each of the 50 states with regards to CAFTA procurement. For states that have rescinded their commitment, we infer that the incumbent governor strongly opposes CAFTA (because the state made a commitment and then un-made it). For states that declined to commit, we infer that the incumbent governor somewhat opposes CAFTA. For states that committed, we infer that the incumbent governor supports CAFTA.

CAFTA is the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA expands NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement, between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) to five Central American nations (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua), and the Dominican Republic. It passed Congress on July 27, 2005.

Opposition to CAFTA procurement rules (by Public Citizen): Should an international trade agreement determine how we are allowed to spend our domestic tax dollars? Prior to the passage of CAFTA, the majority of state governments agreed: Subjecting decisions about how to spend state taxpayer dollars to second-guessing by foreign trade tribunals is a bad idea! As a result, a bi-partisan group of governors withdrew their initial agreement to bind their states to comply with CAFTA's procurement rules. Many other governors simply avoided binding their states to CAFTA's procurement rules in the first place. Common state economic development and environmental policies are prohibited by trade agreement procurement rules include:

Source: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC report 14_Lt_FT on Aug 7, 2005

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