Press Advisory

EVENT ADVISORY: Progressive Visions for Trade

Washington, D.C. — For the past three years, President Donald Trump has preyed on wage stagnation and job losses in working-class, industrial communities to disrupt the established approach to trade. But like much of the rest of the Trump administration’s economic policy, its trade policy has not worked for working families.

Going forward, the United States faces immense challenges around trade, 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.

The chaos of the past few years, and the past few months, has made clear that it’s time to renew a progressive vision for how America should stay engaged in the world, to promote both economic growth and national security. 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.


Opening remarks:
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Distinguished panelists:
Hon. Fred P. Hochberg, former Chairman and 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 and Means Committee

Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress


August 5, 2020

12:00 p.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET


You must RSVP to watch the livestream event by clicking this link. An email will then be sent with instructions on how to watch.

This event will be live captioned at

Join the conversation on Twitter at #ProgressiveTrade.

For more information, contact Julia Cusick at [email protected].