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  • Save Obama (on trade)
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most astonishing advance of global welfare and prosperity the world has ever seen. And that regime was created, overseen, guaranteed and presided over by the United States... Read more

  • Trade Promotion Authority, finally
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    There is a sound criticism of the legislation commonly referred to as Trade Promotion Authority: it’s overdue. A bill was put forward yesterday and hits the right notes on commerce and American leadership, while promoting transparency. Introducing it two years ago would have been better, but some may even see a benefit in the delay. The title of the bill, “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” just rolls off the tongue. Opponents focus on granting the pre... Read more

  • Tear Down These Tariffs
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    Now she knows how I feel. In a statement posted to her campaign website, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts laments that the Obama administration has kept secret the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — TPP for short — the decade-in-the-making free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries that will soon be put to a vote in Congress. “If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it,” she writes in bolded text, “then that agreement should not become... Read more

  • Letter of Support from 26 Conservative groups
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell: On behalf of the free market, taxpayer advocacy, and limited government grassroots and public policy organizations listed below, we urge you to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) as soon as possible. TPA is a necessary step to get Congress moving on a long-stalled trade agenda. Without it, there is little hope that this Congress will make any progress on advancing free trade, a conservative public policy goal which all our organizations support. TPA g... Read more

  • Trade Promotion Authority Is not an Executive Power Grab
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations reported to be nearing completion and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks kicking into higher gear, Congress is expected to turn its attention to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation in the weeks ahead. That’s where opponents of trade – mostly from the Left, but some from the Right – have decided to wage the next battle in their war against trade liberalization. Tactically, that makes some sense because, if ... Read more

  • Cruz, Ryan urge Senate to pass Fast Track
    Posted in In the News on June 12, 2015 | Preview rr

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., penned a joint op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Wednesday calling on Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The two conservative lawmakers argue that the legislation, also known as "Fast Track," is urgently needed to strengthen the U.S.'s ability to negotiate future trade deals. "By establishing TPA, Congress will send a signal to the world. America's trading partners will know that the U.S. is trustworthy and then put their b... Read more

  • 114th United States Congress
    Posted in In the News on January 6, 2015 | Preview rr

    The 114th United States Congress, consisting of members from the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, commences in Washington, DC on January 6, 2015. Read more