State of Oregon Archives: on Free Trade


Kevin Stine: We need fair trade, not free trade

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: Oppose. We need fair trade, not free trade. Free trade agreements have resulted in businesses shipping jobs overseas, at the cost of the American worker.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Kevin Stine: Oppose "fast track" trade legislation; oppose TPP

Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine is launching a Democratic primary race against Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, according to the Mail Tribune of Medford. In an interview with the newspaper, Stine criticized Wyden for supporting "fast track" trade legislation aimed at smoothing the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 13-nation trade pact.< Wyden's played a key role in passing the legislation, which angered organized labor and several left-of-center groups.
Source: The Oregonian on 2016 Oregon Senate race Sep 21, 2015

Kate Brown: International trade supports a half million Oregon jobs

As we say at Business Oregon, we must "grow our own."

"Grow Our Own" calls on us to invest in Oregon-based industries and businesses, and help them grow and thrive. In order for our traded sector businesses to grow, they must continue to access new markets around the globe. 95% of the world's consumers are located outside the U.S. The potential for economic growth through exports is great.

International trade supports nearly a half million Oregon jobs; in the city of Portland alone, that means about 268,000 jobs. For every one traded manufacturing job, three additional local jobs are generated.

Business Oregon is serious about keeping the state's international trade healthy. Director Sean Robbins held a "Doing Business in Oregon" seminar in Japan last month. The trip's goal was to recruit Japanese companies to open U.S. operations in Oregon. I look forward to my first trade mission to Asia in October to follow up on Business Oregon's great work.

Source: 2018 Oregon Governor campaign press release May 18, 2015

Jeff Merkley: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership

In Congress, the crucial Oregon forest issue centers on legislation dealing with some 2.8 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon known as the Oregon & California Railroad lands. Both Wehby and Conger prefer the House-passed bill sponsored by three Oregon congressman, that would put much of the land in a state-managed trust aimed at boosting timber harvests.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has his own somewhat more restrictive O&C plan. Conger flatly says he would vote against it if the Wyden plan came to the Senate floor. Wehby says she'd wait to see the final form.

Both lean toward supporting free-trade pacts. But neither is ready to commit on the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership or on legislation--known as Trade Promotion Authority--that would allow an up-or-down congressional vote on any trade agreement approved by negotiators.

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 2, 2014

Monica Wehby: Support free-trade, but wait on Trans-Pacific Partnership

In Congress, the crucial Oregon forest issue centers on legislation dealing with some 2.8 million acres of federal forests in western Oregon known as the Oregon & California Railroad lands. Both Wehby and Conger prefer the House-passed bill sponsored by three Oregon congressman, that would put much of the land in a state-managed trust aimed at boosting timber harvests.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has his own somewhat more restrictive O&C plan. Conger flatly says he would vote against it if the Wyden plan came to the Senate floor. Wehby says she'd wait to see the final form.

Both lean toward supporting free-trade pacts. But neither is ready to commit on the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership or on legislation--known as Trade Promotion Authority--that would allow an up-or-down congressional vote on any trade agreement approved by negotiators.

Source: The Oregonian on 2014 Oregon Senate race May 2, 2014

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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)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
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)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
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)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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