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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 3:07:05 to 3:20:35
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Sherrod Brown

3:06:53 to 3:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: quorum call: mr. brown: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i want to speak for a moment on -- i'm so, i want to note -- the presiding officer: we're in a quorum call. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: thank you. i want to speak for a moment about the continuing resolution

Sherrod Brown

3:07:05 to 3:20:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Sherrod Brown

3:07:15 to 3:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and then speak on something else. it shouldn't really matter which political party you belong to. it is not right for any elected official to use the budget process to scwawngder our economic potential and undermine our economic competitiveness. i see far too many people doing that in this debate. i also see that we are looking

Sherrod Brown

3:07:36 to 3:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in a small window of the budget, something like one-sixth of the budget is where all the cuts are. confining the discussion to that, without looking at a maire's tax, without looking at closing loopholes. as the presiding officer knows, if a company in wheeling, west

Sherrod Brown

3:08:01 to 3:08:23( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: virginia clairsville, ohio, they can actually duct the cost of a shutdown. that makes no sense. weengdz to close those loopholes we need to close those loopholes. yesterday i was on the phone with the majority leader and talking to ohio and nevada media and also with john paul hall,

Sherrod Brown

3:08:24 to 3:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and ohio veterans, who after being discharged from the army was left homeless and turned to drug abuse. with support, and a grant program, he's got an apartment, his life is on track. he irolled in college in ohio and is on track to graduate

Sherrod Brown

3:08:46 to 3:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and will be very employable. those are the kinded of cutes that republicans have made to maternal health care programs, to head start, to programs like this, for homeless vets. it is unconscionable that that's the approach they've taken instead of a much more serious long-term deficit reduction. we also know from what john

Sherrod Brown

3:09:07 to 3:09:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mccain's chief economic advisor said that the republican budget that came out of the house would result in 700,000 lost jobs this year because of their approach, and that's clearly not the way, as this economic recovery has begun, not fast enough in west virginia, ohio, or anywhere else in this country, but it's begun. so we don't want to undercut

Sherrod Brown

3:09:28 to 3:09:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that. i ask unanimous consent to insert the rest of my remarks in a different place in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. brown: i want to spheek -- we were considering earlier this morning when i wsiding and senator landrieu and snowe were leading very we will on the

Sherrod Brown

3:09:50 to 3:10:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: small business issue. i'd like to speak about another important issue for small business. that's our nation's trade and globalization agenda. as my completion are away, the generalized system of plercheses, the so-called g.s.p., the andean trade preferences for ecuador and the reforms, the trade adjustment

Sherrod Brown

3:10:11 to 3:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: assistance all expired in mid-february. i don't think too many people are happy about that. i'm not. i've offered amendments with senator casey and requested unanimous consent to pass both the andean trade preferences and the trade adjustment assistance, but my colleagues -- republican colleagues have objected. others like senator mccain requested unanimous consent on only the andean trade

Sherrod Brown

3:10:32 to 3:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: preferences and i have objected. i have objected because we can't turn our back on american workers who lose their job through no fault of their own only to then help other workers in other countries. since congress made reforms to the trade adjustment assistance in 2009, trade adjustment assistance has been with us since the kennedy administration. it clearly works.

Sherrod Brown

3:10:54 to 3:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: workers lose their jobs through no fault of their own, they get some assistance from the government to go back to school and get trained to be productive workers again. they lost their jobs through no doing of theern. since congress made the reforms in 2009, 170,000 additional trade-impacted workers became eligible for training under the

Sherrod Brown

3:11:16 to 3:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: t.a. for workers program. so if somebody loses their job because of a trade agreement that we pass in this institution -- nafta, cafta, pntr with china, other kinds of trade agreements australia and jordan and panama and peru -- when workers lose their jobs because of these agreements, we

Sherrod Brown

3:11:37 to 3:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: at least owe it to them to help them with trade adjustment assistance. but since this program expired last month, we've shut off service workers, we've shut off manufacturing workers who lost their jobs to countries that we don't have a free trade agreement with. so we don't actually have a free trade agreement with china or india.

Sherrod Brown

3:11:58 to 3:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we did something called pntr with china. so if a worker in dayton or zanesville loses their job to china or india, they're out of luck. they don't get tee a.a. they worked at a plant where that plant lost their -- that

Sherrod Brown

3:12:19 to 3:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: plant moved because of trade, they moved to chiefnlt but they don't get any kind of assistance. it wasn't their fault. it shouldn't work that way. in addition, improvements to the health coverage tax credit program also expired, hctc helps trade-affected workers purchase private health coverage to replace the coverage they lost. they lost their job because of a trade agreement.

Sherrod Brown

3:12:41 to 3:13:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: they can't afford health insurance because they don't have much money and they get some tax credit from the government to help them be able to afford this health care. it has helped thousands of workers manage hospital costs and medication and necessary doctor visits. without it, they're at risk of losing not only their jobs but they are health insurance.

Sherrod Brown

3:13:03 to 3:13:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it may leave them more likely to lose their home and suffer from foreclosure. t.a.a., trade adjustment htct tax credit must be renewed regardless of whether the congress considers or passes any new trade agreement. ambassador kirk will conge be submitting the u.s.-korea free trade disagreement to congress.

Sherrod Brown

3:13:25 to 3:13:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i've expressed my concerns about this agreement. i am concerned it will be a step backward, especially in the auto industry. i am concerned that low-wage asian nations will use korea as a platform to export auto parts and steal duty-free to the u.s. they'll come into some country

Sherrod Brown

3:13:46 to 3:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: through korea and then get access to u.s. markets duty-free. these are serious concerns. this isn't theory. this is based on what's happened since passing other free trade agreements. every time we pass a free trade agreement, supporters of icy it is going to be more american jobs. we're going to close the trade deficit. it never s it's always lost manufacturing jobs and in

Sherrod Brown

3:14:07 to 3:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: northern west virginia and much of my state we've seen that inflicted on families day after day after day. and it means a larger trade deficit. but, mr. president, at least we'll have the time to debate and consider the korean trade agreement. unfortunately, several my colleagues across the aisle don't even want to consider the korea trade agreement unless it is packaged with the colombia and panama agreements.

Sherrod Brown

3:14:31 to 3:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so on top of not extending trade adjustment assistance, on top of not extend the health care tax credit, my republican colleagues want to move on all three leftover bush trade agreements -- korea and colombia and panama. these trade deals will not be winners for american workers. we know that our exports increase every -- that our exports increase with free trade agreements.

Sherrod Brown

3:14:53 to 3:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: we also know that our imports increase to a larger degree. the first president bush said that when we have a trade surplus or deficit of $1 billion, it translates into 13,000 jobs. $1 billion trade deficit is 13,000 lost jobs. a $1 billion is surplus is

Sherrod Brown

3:15:14 to 3:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 13,000 increased jobs. that's president bush's numbers. you can just do the math. we have trade deficits of hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in this country. when production in jobs is offshore, innovation is not far behind. all of us -- and i know the presiding officer has been, has gone through manufacturing plants. and what you see in a manufacturing plant is you see

Sherrod Brown

3:15:36 to 3:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: workers and engineers figuring out always how to innovate to make productivity, to increase productivity to make production more efficient and less expensive. if we innovate in this country and invent in this country and then we send those jobs overseas for production, we begin to lose the innovation edge, because over there, whether it's mexico

Sherrod Brown

3:15:59 to 3:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: or china or india or japan or anywhere else, when the production is done over there, the innovation is also done on the shop floor over there. while we brag about being the most inventive, innovative people on earth -- which we are -- the future doesn't necessarily look that way as we outsource so many of these jobs. we've seen how these free trade

Sherrod Brown

3:16:21 to 3:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: agreements give incentive to move production overseas. instead of giving ins-pb alternatives -- incentives to american companies to produce over here, we do the opposite by passing nafta, cafta, any of those. peru's president garcia spoke to

Sherrod Brown

3:16:43 to 3:17:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the u.s. chamber of commerce, he said come and open your factories in my country so we can sell your own products back to the united states. come sell your own products back to the united states. how's that good for american workers? how's that good for instphoefgs how's good for american manufacturing? it's become a business plan for far too many companies in this

Sherrod Brown

3:17:04 to 3:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: country. think about this in the broad sweep of history, how often this has ever happened where a business plan for u.s. companies, we invent something here, we then produce it in china thousands and thousands and thousands of miles away, and then we ship it back to the united states, back to the home country. that's the business model for

Sherrod Brown

3:17:25 to 3:17:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: far too many companies. if they were to set up in china and sell into china and east asia, that would be one thing. but company after company after american company have gone abroad, done the production there, sold it back into the united states. so it's not providing the work for american workers that it should.

Sherrod Brown

3:17:46 to 3:18:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: again, my colleagues are holding people who need retraining and adjustment hostage to another trade agreement. so they're saying if you don't pass colombia and panama and korea, then we're not going to extend trade adjustment assistance, we're not going to extend the health coverage tax credit.

Sherrod Brown

3:18:07 to 3:18:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: free trade's biggest supporters put so much stock into these free trade agreements and they do so ignoring the elephant in the room. i'm talking about our trade agreement with china. congress approved china pntr more than 11 years ago. we've had half a billion dollars a day in trade deficits with china. that means we buy $500 million a

Sherrod Brown

3:18:29 to 3:18:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: day more in products from china than we sell to products in china. that's what a trade deficit of $500 million a day means, that we actually are buying $500 million every single day more from china than we're selling to china. that is not the sign, long-term sign of prosperity. that is not a long-term indicator of strengthening the

Sherrod Brown

3:18:51 to 3:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: middle class. mr. president, until we figure out where we're going on trade and put a halt to these trade agreements and look at what we need to do instead, we're going to continue to seat shrinking of the middle class. last week an appeals court of the world trade organization made a horrendous decision in favor of china against our trade

Sherrod Brown

3:19:12 to 3:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: remedy laws. the w.t.o. again has overreached beyond laws and rules against our anti-dumping and counterveiling duty laws. these laws have been the only way to protect ourselves, protect our economy and protect our communities and our workers and protect our small businesses. one of the last tools we have to defend against unfair trade law

Sherrod Brown

3:19:33 to 3:19:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: are these trade remedy laws, and the w.t.o., a bunch of bureaucrat trade lawyers, are taking them away. the w.t.o. reufrbgz legitimacy -- risks legitimacy with a ruling like this one. i urge the obama administration to react aggressively to this decision. i ask my colleagues to step back from this stalled trade agenda,

Sherrod Brown

3:19:55 to 3:20:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: step back from south korea, step back from panama, step back from colombia. i ask my colleagues to examine instead what's in the best interest of american workers and businesses. we can find a balanced trade agenda that makes sense for our businesses, makes sense for our workers, makes sense for our communities. mr. president, i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

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