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John Hoeven on Free Trade

Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor


Signed trade deal with Taiwan to export 1.7M tons of wheat

Gov. John Hoeven met a Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission to sign a joint communiqu‚ demonstrating Taiwan's intent to purchase 1.7 million metric tons of U.S. wheat in 2010 and 2011 valued at approximately $425 million.

North Dakota is a top producer in 14 different major commodities, including spring wheat," said Hoeven. "For years, Taiwan has been an important market for North Dakota wheat, and we appreciate their loyalty. This relationship will remain important in our on-going efforts to expand our export sales and grow our economy."

Taiwan is consistently a top five export market for U.S. hard red spring wheat, the predominate class of wheat produced in the state, with average annual purchases of 20 million bushels. Spring wheat accounts for over half of Taiwan's total annual purchases of all classes of U.S. wheat, which presently averages 34.5 million bushels.

Source: Press Release, "Taiwan Commits to Buy U.S. Wheat" , Sep 28, 2009

Cultivate markets overseas for North Dakota products

Gov. John Hoeven will present North Dakota's 2008 Exporter of the Year Award to a North Dakota company during Global Business Connections in Fargo. "North Dakota's volume of trade has grown by 225 percent since 2000," Hoeven said. "That highlights the importance of our ongoing efforts to grow and diversify our economy, including our work to cultivate markets overseas for North Dakota products."
Source: Press Release, "2008 Exporter of the Year Award" , Feb 25, 2009

Declined state commitment to CAFTA.

Hoeven 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 For states that have rescinded their commitment, we infer that the incumbent governor strongly opposes CAFTA (because the state made a commitment and then un-made it).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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