Mike DeWine on Free Trade
Former Republican Sr Senator (OH, 1995-2007)
Tariffs against dumping steel, & give fines to US companies
Q: Would you repeal NAFTA?
BROWN: I would renegotiate NAFTA, as I would renegotiate PNTR with China. Mike DeWine has supported every time these trade agreements that give incentives to the big corporations.
DeWINE: I'll give you an example on trade.
Steel. When these steel companies were importing steel, dumping steel in the US from China & other countries, we got the president to put tariffs on. It made a big difference. Another example. Sen. Byrd and I worked together on the Byrd Amendment, which
says is that when a foreign country dumps into the US, instead of putting that money into the US Treasury when we fine them, we give that money to the US companies. That's brought back $315 million just for Ohio companies. But the bigger issue is,
Sherrod thinks you can build a wall around the state of Ohio. [Yet] when it comes time to protect Ohio industries, he's not there.
BROWN: All of us were involved in [the steel issue]. Neither of those laws that he talks about are still in effect.
Source: 2006 Ohio Senate Debate on NBC Meet the Press
, Oct 1, 2006
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record.
DeWine scores 100% by CATO on senior issues
The mission of the Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies is to increase public understanding of the benefits of free trade and the costs of protectionism.
The Cato Trade Center focuses not only on U.S. protectionism, but also on trade barriers around the world. Cato scholars examine how the negotiation of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements can reduce trade barriers and provide institutional support for open markets. Not all trade agreements, however, lead to genuine liberalization. In this regard, Trade Center studies scrutinize whether purportedly market-opening accords actually seek to dictate marketplace results, or increase bureaucratic interference in the economy as a condition of market access.
Studies by Cato Trade Center scholars show that the United States is most effective in encouraging open markets abroad when it leads by example.
The relative openness and consequent strength of the U.S. economy already lend powerful support to the worldwide trend toward embracing open markets. Consistent adherence by the United States to free trade principles would give this trend even greater momentum. Thus, Cato scholars have found that unilateral liberalization supports rather than undermines productive trade negotiations.
Scholars at the Cato Trade Center aim at nothing less than changing the terms of the trade policy debate: away from the current mercantilist preoccupation with trade balances, and toward a recognition that open markets are their own reward.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization`s preferred position.
Source: CATO website 02n-CATO on Dec 31, 2002
Free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine.
DeWine co-sponsored for free trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Ukraine.
SPONSOR`S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: The recent Orange Revolution in Ukraine marked a huge victory for the advancement of democracy in the world. The Ukrainian people made clear that they would not stand idle as a corrupt regime sought to deny them their democratic rights. Now that the people of Ukraine have seized control of their destiny, the US must stand ready to assist them as they do the hard work of consolidating democracy.
The purpose of the amendment is to terminate the Jackson-Vanik amendment, with respect to Ukraine. Beyond any benefits to our bilateral trading relationship, lifting Jackson-Vanik for Ukraine constitutes an important symbol of Ukraine`s new democracy and its relationship with the US. Tomorrow, Ukrainian President
Yushchenko will address a joint session of Congress, an honor which we bestow on few foreign leaders. As we have the privilege of welcoming this true hero of democracy, I can think of no better gesture than terminating the anachronistic & inappropriate Jackson-Vanik restrictions on Ukraine.
EXCERPTS OF AMENDMENT:
Congress finds that Ukraine has--[Restrictions on trade] should no longer apply to Ukraine; and Congress proclaims the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of that country.
- made considerable progress toward respecting fundamental human rights
- adopted administrative procedures that accord its citizens the right to emigrate, travel freely, and to return to their country without restriction; and
- been found to be in full compliance with the freedom of emigration provisions in the Trade Act of 1974.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Considered by Senate on 4/6/2005; never came to a vote.
Source: Foreign Affairs Authorization (S.AMDT.267 to S.600) 05-SP267 on Apr 5, 2005
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