State of Wyoming Archives: on Free Trade

Mark Gordon: Level the playing field for oil, gas, and mineral exports

The world demands what Wyoming has to offer, especially when it comes to our mineral and energy sectors.

Wyoming continues to be a global leader in trona, uranium, and bentonite production. We must continue to advocate for all of these industries, including fighting for level-playing fields internationally.

Around the globe technology keeps advancing, there is progress benefitting our world by burning coal more cleanly and efficiently. Japan and Korea have built the most efficient clean burning fleets of coal fired electric generation ever.

Technologies employed there, when paired with Powder River Basin coal, can reduce the overall carbon emitted to the atmosphere. And yet, our access to these Asian markets remains restricted, tied up in permit after permit. I believe this to be an unconstitutional restraint of trade. And I will strongly advocate for access to all markets.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Wyoming legislature Jan 9, 2019

Mark Gordon: Establish trade offices in Taiwan, Japan, and across Asia

I am excited that we established a trade office in Taiwan last year and one of the first products to sell there was Wyoming beef. It is evidently much sought after in Taipei's finest restaurants. And I am thrilled that after a hiatus, Wyoming lamb is again going to Japan. We need to expand on these efforts across Asia.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Wyoming legislature Jan 9, 2019

John Barrasso: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA

The USMCA is a new trade pact among the US, Mexico and Canada, intended as a stronger and modernized replacement for NAFTA.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY): "President Trump and his trade team have promised to level the playing field for American families, workers, and businesses. The president's announcement of a new, modernized trade agreement with Canada and Mexico represents a major step toward fulfilling that promise. A new approach to North American trade was long overdue."

Source: White House press release in 2020 Wyoming Senate race Oct 2, 2018

Gary Trauner: Negotiate fair trade deals for everyone

Source: 2018 Wyoming Senatorial campaign website Feb 22, 2018

Cynthia Lummis: Opposes Trade Promotion Authority; it's politically-driven

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which passed the House. However, since an accompanying trade measure, linked by law to TPA, failed to pass, the TPA measure remains in the House and will not be signed into law without further Congressional action. Rep. Lummis voted against TPA in addition to the linked trade legislation. Commenting on the votes, Rep. Lummis issued the following statement:

"After six years of misleading statements on ObamaCare, failed foreign policy, and power grabs over water and land, this president has proven to be untrustworthy at every single turn. I could not bring myself to cast Wyoming's vote in support of President Obama's politically driven agenda. I don't trust him with a clod of dirt, let alone international trade deals."

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Sep 11, 2015

Matt Mead: Our state is not an island; compete in global market

International trade opportunities are a priority. Our state is not an island. It's not just us. We compete in a global market and Wyoming companies are developing and making products for here and around the world. We need to help those companies get their products out there everywhere.

Last year I visited Canada, South Korea and Taiwan to promote trade. The Tourism Office was an important part of the trip to Asia, and Wyoming companies participated in the Canada trip.

Outreach efforts have begun, and they certainly should not end. We must continue to work for increased export opportunities for Wyoming businesses and products. The Joint Appropriations Committee added $350,000 for developing international trade. I support this.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Wyoming Legislature Feb 10, 2014

Cynthia Lummis: Fair trade agreements focus on Wyoming exports

According to government statistics, Wyoming's export shipments of merchandise in 2011 were over $1 billion. Canada is Wyoming's largest export recipient. Canada, which received exports of $330 million (27 percent), was followed by Brazil ($101 million), Australia ($82 million), Mexico ($78 million), and Indonesia ($71 million). The state's leading exports include carbonate, air and gas pumps, bentonite, light oils, uranium and natural gas.

The ability for Wyoming's small businesses to export their products is critical for our state's economic stability. Fair trade agreements are vital to the success of these trade relationships, and are helpful in opening new markets to Wyoming products. However, each trade agreement must be evaluated on its individual merits, as not all agreements are created equal. I continue to base my support or opposition to each trade agreement upon its particular effects on Wyoming's citizens and industries.

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race Jan 1, 2012

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2020 Presidential contenders on Free Trade:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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