Updates

06/21/11
Leo Hindery, Huffington Post Anyone deeply concerned about the current almost unprecedented real unemployment rate of more than 18% and about the ongoing jobless recovery must first focus on resuscitating our depleted manufacturing sector. Especially given the current political mood in Washington concerning new federal expenditures, this focus will necessarily require the Obama administration to seriously rethink its approach to trade, particularly toward China.
06/21/11
Daniel Malloy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Casey criticized Obama administration trade policy today, saying he is unlikely to support the Free Trade Agreement with South Korea.
06/20/11
Menafn.com The U.S. Government will investigate the AFL-CIO labor federation's allegations that Bahrain has perpetrated human rights abuses and failing to protect workers' rights as agreed upon in a free trade agreement between the two countries, the Daily Star reported.
06/20/11
Gardiner Harris, New York Times WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, has repeatedly expressed alarm about the waves of imported food and drugs overwhelming her organization’s ability to monitor them, but through the first two years of her leadership she had not provided a strategy to deal comprehensively with this problem — until now.
06/18/11
Office of Rep. Mike Michaud WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME), Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, announced that he will help lead efforts in the House of Representatives to force countries like China that manipulate their currency to play by the rules. A new report says action on this issue could create as many as 2.25 million American jobs, enough to increase total U.S. employment by 1.6%.
06/17/11
Wisconsin Ag Connection The leader of the Wisconsin Farmers Union says free trade agreements promise to deliver prosperity, but historically have been a bad deal for American workers and farmers. In a statement to the media on Thursday, WFU President Darin Von Ruden said his group strongly opposes the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and urges Congress to do the same.
06/17/11
David Boyer, The Washington Times A rift between the Obama White House and one of its key political constituencies widened Thursday as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stepped up his criticism of the administration’s proposed free-trade deal with Colombia.
06/16/11
Facing South President Obama pledged to create new jobs during a visit yesterday to a high-tech lighting manufacturer in North Carolina, but the destruction of jobs unfolding at another lighting plant next door in Tennessee illustrates how U.S. trade policy is complicating those efforts.
06/16/11
Stephanie Kraft, Valley Advocate Bernie Sanders, the Independent (and self-styled socialist) U.S. senator from Vermont, has given the country a present. It was planned as a Fourth of July present, but it's ready ahead of schedule.
06/16/11
The Columbus Dispatch Sen. Sherrod Brown officially broke with President Barack Obama today on the issue of trade, saying the president “is wrong’’ by supporting free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

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