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Cindy Hyde-Smith on Free Trade

 

 


Tariffs on China hurt now but work in the long run

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

Mike Espy (D): No. Tariffs need to come to a halt. They harm Mississippi soybean production.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): Yes. Hard for soybean growers, but they "just have to hold on. They will be better off in the long run."

Chris McDaniel (R): Yes. "China First is NOT America First. Mexico First is NOT America first."

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election , Oct 9, 2018

Led the way to open foreign markets for American products

As agriculture commissioner, she modernized the Department of Agriculture and Commerce by being a strong leader who knew how to stay on budget and get results for our farmers and small businesses. Cindy led the fight to open foreign markets for American products to be sold overseas, and she fought for country-of-origin food labeling. According to the state Legislature, she ran a "model agency" based on performance and program effectiveness.
Source: Clarion-Ledger OpEd on 2018 MS Senate Special Election , Mar 23, 2018

Implement USMCA for improved North American trade.

Hyde-Smith 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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