NY Senator Charles E. Schumer reply on the TPA
Dear Mr. Hall:
Thank you for writing to express your concerns regarding the Bipartisan Congressional Trade
Priorities Act of 2014 (S.1900), legislation which would renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). I share your concerns regarding
the closed-door nature of trade negations.
While there are many potential advantages to free trade, any trade deal must be fair and right for America. First and foremost,
any trade agreement must adequately protect American workers and industry from competing with unfair and unjust practices
from countries and foreign companies. Congress must ensure that any trade agreement include strong and enforceable intellectual
property rights, labor rights, anti-currency manipulation provisions, and environmental standards. Congress must also ensure
that trade policy act to promote high-skilled, high-wage American jobs in innovative sectors of our economy.
I have long supported policies to ensure both fair trade and a level-playing
field for American businesses. I worked with a bipartisan group of my colleagues to introduce the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight
Reform Act (S.1114), which would enhance oversight of currency exchange rates, crack down on unfair trade practices and level
the playing field for New York manufacturers.
I have also worked diligently
to stop foreign trade cheaters from undercutting U.S. producers. This past year, I urged the Department of Commerce to side
with the U.S. steel industry in a number of anti-dumping investigations by taking into careful consideration foreign companies’
deceitful practices and the impacts of unfairly priced steel goods on U.S. manufacturers and their employees. Additionally,
last Congress, I co-sponsored the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act (S.1133), which would establish
a rapid-response timeline by which U.S. Customs and Border Patrol would be required to respond to allegations of duty evasion.
During the course of its investigation, U.S. Customs would take steps to ensure that duties will be collected.
I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to combat
trade cheaters and ensure that the United States Trade Representative is focusing on American priorities in trade negotiations
and ensuring that the American people have a strong voice in our trade policies.
S.1900 has been referred to the Committee on Finance, which has jurisdiction over trade policy. As a member of this committee,
I will closely examine the impact that this legislation would have on New York businesses and families.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please feel free
to contact me again if I can be of further assistance on this, or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
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