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Mike Braun on Free Trade

 

 


Trust Trump to negotiate tariffs on China

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

Braun: At first opposed. Now supports & trusts Trump to negotiate.

Donnelly: Support steel producers but concerned will cause harm to Hoosier farmers.

Economy: Support restrictions on offshoring jobs?

Braun: Opposed law to recoup public financial incentives when companies move jobs abroad.

Donnelly: Yes. Restrict tax incentives for these companies & penalize in awarding government contracts.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Indiana Senate race , Nov 1, 2018

2016: Voted against clawbacks for moving jobs to Mexico

While Braun has used his wealth to run ads criticizing politicians for putting "Mexico before Muncie" and "Beijing before Bloomington," he hasn't always been a critic of outsourcing. As a state legislator, he voted in 2016 against bipartisan "clawback" legislation that would have allowed Indiana governments to recoup financial incentives given to companies that move jobs abroad. The legislation was proposed in the wake of Carrier Corp. announcing that it was moving hundreds of jobs to Mexico.
Source: Indianapolis Star on 2018 Indiana Senate race , May 1, 2018

Implement USMCA for improved North American trade.

Braun 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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