President Releases Trade Agenda

By March 1, 2010Trade

The White House today released the President’s 2010 Trade Policy Agenda. The report is here and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued a statement,”President’s 2010 Trade Policy Agenda Focuses on Growing American Jobs Through New Market Access and Enforcing Trade Rules.” The USTR bold-faced this paragraph in Ambassador Kirk’s statement:

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and the President’s trade agenda will help to get American workers and businesses access to as many of those customers as possible – in ways that affirm our rights in the global trading system and that reflect American values on worker rights, the environment, and open dialogue here at home,” said Ambassador Kirk. “The priorities in this Agenda can work to strengthen the rules-based global trading system on which the nations of the world depend, while opening markets and ensuring that American businesses and workers receive the economic benefits of trade.”


The President’s Trade Policy Agenda is part one of the report. On the pending Free Trade Agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea, the report again offers the Administration’s general, but non-committal support that might lead to enacting the agreements, perhaps.

If these outstanding issues can be successfully resolved, we will work with Congress on a timeframe to submit them for Congressional consideration so our producers can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by these agreements.

Nothing new there, really.

UPDATE (2:15 p.m.): CQ Politics reports, “Little Indication of Movement on Stalled Trade Deals.” Unfortunately so.

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  • Karl says:

    Overwhelmingly, Americans think your version of free trade is bad for America. NAM and the Non-US Chamber of Commerce insist we are all wrong. Honestly, we aren’t all sheep feeding at the corporate trough blindly nodding when you tell us your so called free trade agreements are good for us. We see the factories close, we see the lines of unemployed, we have friends who work at Wally World now instead of Whirlpool. I’ve seen molds pulled out of presses two days after NAFTA was implemented so they could be shipped 2 blocks over the border to take advantage of slave labor. I’ve seen your version of free trade and want nothing to do with it.

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