Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA), a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick” radio program, is one of the strongest supporters of free and fair trade in Congress.
It’s not difficult to find out why. One out of three jobs in Washington State is linked to trade. That’s why Reichert is so disappointed Congress is not moving to approve more free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South America. The United States should be using trade to create jobs and shape global economic policy and not sit on the sidelines, he says.
“We are in a global economy. I think most people recognize that,” he says. “There is no going back now. And what we should be doing as a country is focusing on how we as Americans define the global economy.”
More American manufacturers say they want to do more production at home and not overseas. We’ll talk about that phenomenon with Industry Week reporter Jonathan Katz.
Gas prices dropped a bit but manufacturers and most Americans are still worried by high energy prices. National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Keith McCoy will join us to talk about what Congress could do this fall on energy policy.
And NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons, who has been deeply involved in the national political scene for years, will talk about environmental issues manufacturers should keep an eye on in the weeks and months ahead.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And our program will close with “The Last Word” from the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler.
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