Carper, Manchin, Flake

Vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority (H.R. 2146)

Senator Carper: (11:44 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "Most of the Democrats in our country support what their president has proposed, and the Republicans as well. But what we need to do while we move forward with Trade Promotion Authority, we need to keep in mind not everybody will be helped by this, there will be some people that will be disadvantaged. We have an obligation to them, how would we want to be treated if we were in their shoes. There is a sister piece of legislation to go along with Trade Promotion Authority. I would just ask the Republican whip from Texas just to give us some assurance or reassurance to build trust around this issue, when we're contacted by folks around the country today or tomorrow or the next day, what are we going to do to provide assistance to those people who may be disadvantaged because of Trade Promotion Authority and the trade deal that's going to be negotiated? Can you give us some assurance there?"

 

Senator Manchin: (11:49 AM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I guarantee you in a developing country, they are not going to be as tough as we are in human rights, on environmental quality that they should be aspiring to. They're not going to be tough on those things. They're trying to build an economy. They're trying to build basically a nation, bring it up. They're going to be a little bit lax on these things. That's unfair competition, which my dad always warned me against. Now, when we talk about European trade, I'm not worried about European trade because they are basically on the same, level playing field that we are. But when you're trying to build a country up, should you sacrifice and tear your country down? Should you give away everything that we have worked hard for and built? Because I want to help these countries. I have not a bit of problem helping the countries. I am not an isolationist. But I basically would have put something in there that would have protected our manufacturing base."

 

Senator Flake: (12:05 PM)

  • Spoke on trade.
    • "I'm not a particular fan of Trade Adjustment Assistance. When economies move forward you have dislocations. We can't account for all of them. In fact, we've seen some of the problems with previous T.A.A., I believe some of it went to those who were laid off at Solyndra and with some of these things that had very little to do with trade because the way you seek such assistance, we don't do the best that we could to keep track of where those jobs were lost to. Having said that, we all recognize as the senator from Texas said earlier that it's the price we pay - T.A.A. is the price we pay to get T.P.A. and we recognize that in this body there are compromises that need to be made. That's how we move legislation. And that's how we get important legislation like T.P.A. passed so that we can have more free trade and our economy will benefit because of it."