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United States Trade Rights Enforcement Act

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UNITED STATES TRADE RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 26, 2005)

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Mr. UDALL of Colorado. Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 3283, the United States Trade Rights Enforcement Act.

I do have real concerns about the spiraling trade deficit with China and China's unfair trade practices, and I think Congress should consider possible legislative responses.

However, the bill offered today does little to provide assistance to U.S. workers, farmers, and businesses. In fact, it could create additional problems for them. In particular, I am concerned that the legislation could make it more difficult to apply countervailing duties to China and other nonmarket economies while making it easier for them to hide subsidies.

Further, by placing this legislation on the suspension calendar, which is reserved for non-controversial legislation, the Republican leadership has refused to offer a full debate to Members to consider alternative plans to strengthen enforcement of our trade policies and hold countries accountable for their trade practices.

This procedure makes it clear that real intent here is not so much to address our trade problems--it is more about politics and winning extra votes for passage of CAFTA later this week.

It is unfortunate that the Republican leadership has taken this opportunity to bring about stronger trade policies and instead used it to consider a bill that is largely symbolic at best, and could even be harmful.

It is for these reasons I will vote against this bill.

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