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President Donald Trump preyed on wage stagnation and jobs losses in working-class, industrial communities as he delivered promises to disrupt the established approach to trade. Yet much like the 2017 tax cut and other domestic economic policies, his administration’s chaos and dissembling in trade policy have failed to deliver for working families. In contrast, the tenacious strength of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her negotiations over the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) proved once again that progressives are fighting to boost labor and environmental standards in trade deals and dial back extraordinary privileges for prescription drug companies and special interests.
Going forward, the United States faces immense challenges around trade policy, from the vulnerabilities of concentrated and distant supply chains revealed by COVID-19, to the imperative to address climate change, to evolving conflicts with China, to the need to rebuild a middle class with economic power for workers. As in many countries, the United States’ domestic and international economic policies are inextricably intertwined. It is more pressing than ever to renew a progressive vision for how America should stay engaged in the world economically, and national security implications must be part of the calculus as well.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an online discussion with a diverse group of progressive voices to chart a path forward on progressive trade policy.
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Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. Fred P. Hochberg, former President, U.S. Export-Import Bank; Author, Trade Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Hon. Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission
Dr. William E. Spriggs, Professor of Economics, Howard University; Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Katherine Tai, Chief Trade Counsel, House Ways & Means Committee
Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress