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Trade

Free Trade is only Fair Trade when applied to societies of equal political, economic, and social status. Unfortunately for Maine, our country’s free trade agreements have too often allowed new participants into our markets that are not held to the same standards and rules as Maine businesses. Over the last several decades, our trade policies have produced reverse incentives for U.S. businesses to off-shore jobs, contributing to the hollowing out of the American economy and sharp, harmful declines in U.S. manufacturing. 

Traditional industries across Maine have felt acutely the negative effects of unfair free trade agreements as well as expanded international trade with increasingly competitive exporters like China. I believe that efforts to help diversify and modernize Maine’s trade-sensitive industries will continue to fall short of their full potential until we get serious about building a trade agenda that carefully and responsibly assesses how best to improve existing trade agreements and how to craft new ones; more consistently prioritizes the enforcement of our existing trade agreements; and better supports domestic industry and American exporters. To learn more about my trade priorities, please click here.

  • Due to serious concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) benefits for Maine, I voted against legislation that would establish a fast-track process for Congress to approve trade agreements, like the TPP. 
  • I have voiced my strong support for an extension and expansion of the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which helps American workers who have lost their jobs to foreign trade.
  • In order to help protect Maine companies from unfair trading practices, I testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in support of Maine companies fighting illegal subsidies and harmful dumping from foreign producers.
  • worked to convince the Department of Commerce to conduct a fair and fact based investigation in a critical trade case affecting over 1,000 Maine employees.
  • In order to help our manufacturers overcome unnecessary barriers to commerce, I introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to make it easier for American manufacturers to use the “Made in USA” label without weakening the “Made in USA” standard.

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