Jon Corzine on Free Trade
Democratic Jr Senator (NJ)
Q: Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Q: Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Q: Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Q: Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Q: Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Q: Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
Q: Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
But American companies that protect the environment, give their workers decent wages and health care, should not have to compete with unsafe or environmentally destructive industries where workers are paid a pittance by American standards.
For instance, I support the President's ban on opening up our highways to Mexican trucking until safety standards are put in place.
The mission of the Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies is to increase public understanding of the benefits of free trade and the costs of protectionism.
The Cato Trade Center focuses not only on U.S. protectionism, but also on trade barriers around the world. Cato scholars examine how the negotiation of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements can reduce trade barriers and provide institutional support for open markets. Not all trade agreements, however, lead to genuine liberalization. In this regard, Trade Center studies scrutinize whether purportedly market-opening accords actually seek to dictate marketplace results, or increase bureaucratic interference in the economy as a condition of market access.
Studies by Cato Trade Center scholars show that the United States is most effective in encouraging open markets abroad when it leads by example. The relative openness and consequent strength of the U.S. economy already lend powerful support to the worldwide trend toward embracing open markets. Consistent adherence by the United States to free trade principles would give this trend even greater momentum. Thus, Cato scholars have found that unilateral liberalization supports rather than undermines productive trade negotiations.
Scholars at the Cato Trade Center aim at nothing less than changing the terms of the trade policy debate: away from the current mercantilist preoccupation with trade balances, and toward a recognition that open markets are their own reward.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
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