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Kyrsten Sinema on Free Trade

 

 


Concerned about retaliatory tariffs from reckless trade war

Q: Economy: Support President Trump's imposition of tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Martha McSally (R): Unclear. Opposed tariffs on imported solar cells. Backed tariff exceptions for products used in manufacturing.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): No. Worry about retaliatory tariffs & "reckless trade war."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Opposed trade with Malaysia: they imprison LGBT people

After the 2014 election, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer named Sinema the chief deputy whip. He said she brought "Dynamism in fresh ideas that will surely enhance the work of the whip operation. " In February 2015, she was one of five democratic cochairs of the congressional LGBT equality caucus who objected to the prospective Asian Pacific trade pact on the grounds that LGBT people can be imprisoned for up to 20 years in Malaysia.

Based on her teaching experience, she has worked on legislation to provide additional protections to the victims of sexual violence on campus.

She has been mentioned as a potential challenger to Senator John McCain in 2016, which likely would be an uphill challenge. She has dismissed the possibility though she created the leadership PAC that would be a useful fundraising vehicle. She may have other opportunities for a statewide bid, which would draw national support from the LGBT community.

Source: Almanac of American Politics on 2022 Arizona Senate race , Oct 5, 2015

$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank.

Sinema co-sponsored H.R.1031 & S.824

This bill raises the cap on outstanding loans, guarantees, and insurance of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for FY2015-FY2022 and afterwards. The Bank shall:

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Washington Examiner, 12/2/12): The Export-Import Bank is a taxpayer-backed agency that finances U.S. exports, primarily though loan guarantees. You'd think the bank would spread the money around to nurture up-and-coming businesses. You'd be wrong, very wrong. In fact, 83% of its taxpayer-backed loan guarantees in 2012 went to just one exporter: Boeing. Welcome to the "New Economic Patriotism," where the big get bigger and taxpayers bear the risk. Ex-Im is at the heart of Obama's National Export Initiative and is a pillar of the economic patriotism that Obama pledged in a second term. When government hands out more money, the guys with the best lobbyists and the closest ties to power will disproportionately get their hands on that money. Obama has spent four years pushing more subsidies, more bailouts and more regulations. "New Economic Patriotism" basically amounts to a national industrial policy -- Washington championing certain major domestic companies and industries, as if the global economy were an Olympic competition.

Source: Promoting U.S. Jobs Through Exports Act 15-HR1031 on Feb 24, 2015

Implement USMCA for improved North American trade.

Sinema voted YEA USMCA Implementation Act

Summary from Congressional Record and Wikipedia:Vote to amend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and establish the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Rather than a wholly new agreement, it has been characterized as "NAFTA 2.0"; final terms were negotiated on September 30, 2018 by each country. The agreement is scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2020.

Case for voting YES by Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL); (Dec. 19, 2019)The USMCA includes stronger protections for American workers and enforceable labor standards, as well as environmental protections. It eliminates the Trump Administration's threat that the US could walk away entirely from the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, which would devastate US jobs and our economy.

Case for voting NO by Jared Huffman (D-CA); (Dec. 19, 2019) Democratic negotiators did a lot to improve Donald Trump's weak trade deal, especially in terms of labor standards and enforcement, but the final deal did not reach the high standard that I had hoped for. The NAFTA renegotiations were a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lift labor and environmental standards across the continent--to lock in serious climate commitments with two of our largest trading partners and dramatically improve labor standards and enforcement to slow the rise of outsourcing.

Legislative outcome: Bill Passed (Senate) (89-10-1) - Jan. 16, 2020; bill Passed (House) (385-41-5) - Dec. 19, 2019; signed at the G20 Summit simultaneously by President Trump, Mexican President Enrique Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Nov. 30, 2018

Source: Congressional vote 19-HR5430 on Dec 19, 2019

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