Presidential trade promotion authority expired in 2007 and must be renewed quickly to ensure America continues to lead in leveling the playing field for manufacturers and workers. The stakes are high. Without new market-opening trade agreements, manufacturers will be at a competitive disadvantage.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact could result in more environmental degradation, job loss, and more dangerous fracking affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, from the quality of our water to the quality of our jobs. And yet it has been negotiated with a lack of transparency that is a clear affront to the principles of our democracy.
How policymakers negotiate and interact with their constituents about trade negotiations could be as important as what they negotiate. In a world of instant communications and social media, governments are struggling to find a way to develop public trust while effectively conducting trade policy negotiations.
Thanks in large part to booming production of natural gas from shale deposits in neighboring states, a Maryland LNG terminal could be bustling again in several years — exporting the heating and industrial fuel to other countries, instead of importing it.
Contrary to the assertions of a congressional fact finding mission, the record of human rights abuses in Colombia remain terrible and will only be worsened by a free trade agreement with the United States.