Updates

03/22/11
By Ted Sickinger The Oregonian March 22--Looking to crack down on illegal dumping by overseas manufacturers, staff members for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., conducted their own clandestine survey last fall and found a surprising number of Chinese exporters ready and willing to commit fraud to avoid U.S. customs duties on the goods they ship here.
03/21/11
By Ian Fletcher, Huffington Post With the Republicans and the Obama administration attempting to rush headlong into a new trade agreements with Korea, and possibly also with Panama and Colombia, it is incumbent on Americans to apply a bit of empiricism. How have our past trade agreements worked out? Above all, how's the grand-daddy of them all, NAFTA, doing? Unfortunately, NAFTA is a veritable case study in failure.
03/21/11
By Marguerite Cawley, Colombia Reports NGO Human Rights Watch says that moves by U.S. Congress members to ensure that Colombia meets human rights standards before the trade deal is ratified are "critically important," in a statement released Thursday.
03/21/11
By The Anniston Star Editorial Board The Founding Fathers were committed to establishing domestic industries to compete with foreign interests that might undersell us. They provided the federal government the authority to place tariffs on goods coming into the country.
03/19/11
By Paul Krugman, New York Times More than three years after we entered the worst economic slump since the 1930s, a strange and disturbing thing has happened to our political discourse: Washington has lost interest in the unemployed.
03/18/11
By Bertel Schmitt, The Truth About Cars We had predicted early on that “the disaster in Japan could have a major impact” not just on the Japanese auto industry, but on the auto industry worldwide. If anyone had silently hoped (you can’t say these things aloud) that the disaster over there would provide breathing room for the car industry over here, then get ready for a disappointment. First automaker to be affected over here by the Japan syndrome is GM.
03/18/11
By Magic City Morning Star WASHINGTON, DC March 16th - As the House Ways and Means Committee prepares to begin hearings on the pending free trade agreements, members of Congress spoke out today on Capitol Hill against the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, highlighting a number of issues that the Obama Administration isn't talking about in its push to pass it. Chief among them are that the deal opens the U.S. market to North Korean goods, would cost approximately 159,000 American jobs, would increase the U.S. trade deficit by more than $13 billion by 2015, makes it easier for China to avoid tariffs by transshipping goods through Korea, and would devastate the U.S. textile industry.
03/18/11
By Kevin Bogardus, The Hill AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said he doesn’t believe the White House will move forward with the Colombia trade deal this year due to concerns about labor rights. Speaking Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations, the union federation leader took aim at Colombia’s record of violence against union members and said the White House will not move the Colombia, Korea and Panama trade agreements together, as lawmakers have demanded.
03/18/11
By Bill Lambrecht St. Louis Post-Dispatch Two Missourians in Congress say they intend to pressure the Obama administration to do a better job of enforcing trade laws that would protect Missouri companies and industries elsewhere from unfair practices by Chinese competitors.
03/17/11
There were some interesting and damaging admissions yesterday at a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on the pending free trade agreements with Colombia and South Korea. The hearing, entitled “Made in America: Increasing Jobs through Exports and Trade” had Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez on the hot seat along with a panel of business executives and advocates for corporate America.

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