Congressman Brett Guthrie and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici today reintroduced the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act.
International trade agreements done right have the potential to create quality, high-paying jobs, and expanding exports can help businesses innovate and grow. Around the world, Oregon’s berries, wine, semiconductors, sportswear, and other quality products are in high demand. Thousands of small businesses already sell products overseas, and carefully crafted trade agreements would allow them to expand their customer base and hire more workers. Expanding markets through trade would help Northwest Oregon businesses like Amstad Produce, Chris King Precision Components, and Egg Press.
I supported giving the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which directs the Administration to negotiate trade agreements that include strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards, foster innovation, help expand exports, provide transparency, and guarantee a meaningful role for Congress in trade negotiations.
To earn my vote, any trade agreement must be good for Oregonians and for Americans. The jobs we gain by expanding exports tend to pay high wages, but we live in a globalized economy and some American workers may be at risk of being displaced as our economy continues to grow and evolve. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is an important program to help workers transition into new fields by investing in skills and worker retraining, and I have repeatedly supported legislation to renew this program.
I am committed to policies that support a strong economy for Oregonians and Americans. Trade done right can help achieve this goal.