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.
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Bonamici gave a general overview of issues that surfaced at other town hall meetings, ranging from healthcare and immigrant family separations, to the environment, Social Security, Medicare and the Trump administration.
Bonamici began by explaining her view on healthcare, a topic she said many are worried about. "I'm interested in strengthening access to health care, not taking it away," she said. "We need to work together to find a way to make sure that people have access to health care."
In addition to quickly lending her office's support in coordinating efforts to engage the Trump administration on the issue, Bonamici also wanted to connect more directly with those who would be hurt by the escalating trade war with China. She had that opportunity Aug. 8 at the Allison Inn and Spa, where local farmers shared their stories and, through the Associated Oregon Hazelnut Industries, honored the congresswoman with its 2018 Legislative Champion Award.
Oregon’s hazelnut industry is facing trade anxiety on two fronts: Restricted access to a major customer and low prices offered by a major competitor.
With the annual harvest quickly approaching, there’s not much time left for the looming problems to be resolved.
Hazelnuts are caught in the broader trade dispute with China, which has raised tariffs on the crop while limiting opportunities to avoid duties by trans-shipping through neighboring countries.
As SolarWorld Americas Inc. and its Hillsboro workforce await a Trump administration decision that could spell their fate, politicians are staking out unpredictable positions on the company’s high-profile trade case.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici will take questions from constituents at a town hall meeting on Sept. 16 at the Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest Street, in North Plains.
The Beaverton democrat announced six town halls, visits to North Plains, Tualatin,Yamhill, Columbia City, Portland and Cannon Beach, over the next month.
Democratic lawmakers from Oregon are backing U.S. solar manufacturers, including Hillsboro-based SolarWorld Americas Inc., in a high-profile trade investigation that the wider industry has portrayed as a threat to the solar installation boom.