U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement announcing her trade enforcement legislation and reacting to Ambassador Ron Kirk's speech regarding new trade enforcement initiatives.
"I applaud today's remarks by Ambassador Kirk that highlight the Administration's efforts to enforce our trade agreements, and I urge the ambassador to hold more countries that violate these agreements accountable. We must stop currency manipulation and bring an end to unfair subsidies that force our businesses to close and put Americans out of work. We have been put at a competitive disadvantage for too long and cannot wait any longer for real action.
"That's why I am introducing legislation that will provide the Administration with additional personnel and resources necessary to identify and prosecute countries that cheat. We have over 280 trade agreements yet one of the smallest trade enforcement offices of any industrialized nation. This bill will also create a chief manufacturing negotiator to ensure manufacturing always has a seat at the table in U.S. trade policy developments.
"In Michigan, we know that our workforce can compete with anyone if we have a level playing field. As we continue to lead the way in developing clean energy and advanced manufacturing technologies in the 21st century economy, the need to pass this critical legislation has never been more important."
-U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow