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Stabenow Urges Ambassador Kirk to Make Manufacturing a Priority


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Stabenow Urges Ambassador Kirk to Make Manufacturing a Priority

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today made the following statement after United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk testified at a hearing on President Obama's trade policy agenda.

"While I am pleased President Obama's trade policy agenda includes enforcing our trade agreements and doubling our exports, I urge the Administration to focus more on making manufacturing a priority. For years, we have lost millions of manufacturing jobs to countries overseas in large part due to our trade policies. If we want to turn our economy around we must build clean energy and advanced technologies in Michigan. I will continue to work with Ambassador Kirk and the Administration to develop a clear manufacturing strategy that reduces our trade deficit with countries like China, ensures our manufacturers compete on a level playing field, and places great importance on the interests of our manufacturers ."

-U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Stabenow has introduced legislation, The Trade Enforcement Act , to establish a Chief Manufacturing Negotiator to ensure manufacturing always has a seat at the table in U.S. trade policy. She has also authored The Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act , which would punish countries that manipulate their currency and put our manufacturers and workers at a disadvantage.

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