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Senate Proceeding on Jul 30th, 2008 :: 2:13:26 to 2:21:29
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Sherrod Brown

2:13:26 to 2:13:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: lose a plant or what is happening with d.h.l. in will minutington is way -- wilmington is beyond that. if they lose a plant, think of whatt does to not just the family, but what it does to the community,

Sherrod Brown

2:13:26 to 2:21:29( Edit History Discussion )
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Sherrod Brown

2:13:43 to 2:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: laying off teachers, firefighters, and police officers because there are so many fewer jobs in a community that size. last week it was civil logistics in miamisburg that we got a t.a.a. certifition from

Sherrod Brown

2:14:04 to 2:14:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and more delphi workers, same old story with delphi, in maran, ohio. last year the stamping company in toledo, we had a t.a.a. notice from them. there was an increase in imports caused acklin to lay

Sherrod Brown

2:14:14 to 2:14:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: off workers. that was last week. that was yesterday. how about today? how about tomorrow? probably more t.a.a. notices because we get two or three almost every week. probably more today, tomorrow, next

Sherrod Brown

2:14:28 to 2:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: week. again, because of a failed trade policy. on my desk, mr. president, i've had a stack of auction notices from small tool and dye manufacturers going out of business in my state and across the country. these

Sherrod Brown

2:14:46 to 2:15:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: notices are going out of business sales. they're notices offering the sale of equipment from machine shops not in my state, but all over the country. this week -- this week i spoke with the c.o. in

Sherrod Brown

2:15:03 to 2:15:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the -- and the family owners of norwalg furnitures, we're trying to keep the 105-year-old company. norwalk is represented by the teamsters and united autoworkers, they are paying good wages in

Sherrod Brown

2:15:18 to 2:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: small town ohio, trying to stay competitive, despite the deck stacked against it with the trade policy with china. again, american companies are playing with one hand tied behind their backs. china's under

Sherrod Brown

2:15:34 to 2:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: valued currency, its weak safety an environmental standards put american furniture manufacturers at a huge disadvantage. norwalk furniture can compete with china and foreign competition. that's

Sherrod Brown

2:15:46 to 2:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: not the complaint. the reason that manufacturers like norwalk furniture are struggling and pleading for a change in trade policy is that they can't compete while the u.s. government, the bush commerce

Sherrod Brown

2:15:58 to 2:16:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: department, the bush u.s. trade representatives stand by allowing china to game the system. we see what the plant closings do to communities which is why not just norwalk furniture is fighting back the mayor

Sherrod Brown

2:16:10 to 2:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and others are joining them in the struggle. the trade deficit with china costs manufacturing jobs and not just low-skilled jobs as commonly thought. one point about the e.p.i. report, mr. president,

Sherrod Brown

2:16:24 to 2:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: is that it is not only apparel jobs we're talking about. not only relatively low-waged jobs. we're getting into high-tech products, many integral to our defense and industrial base. the report finds

Sherrod Brown

2:16:41 to 2:16:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that more than a quarter of last year's trade deficit with china was due to technology products. last year it was responsible for more than 25% of the total u.s.-china trade deficit. since 2001,

Sherrod Brown

2:16:59 to 2:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the flood of advanced technology imports from china reeliminated 560 -- eliminated 560,000 jobs in computer and electronic products. it is not just textile and apparel jobs. e.p.i. counts for than

Sherrod Brown

2:17:11 to 2:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: $8,000 in lost income per displaced workers. people who support u.s. trade policy, president bush, vice president cheney, the republican leadership in this body, people that support u.s. trade policy say,

Sherrod Brown

2:17:27 to 2:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: well, yeah, prices are lower as a result of u.s. trade policy. although when companies -- when a shoe manfacturer moves out of o the u.s. or a steel manfacturer moves out of the u.s., i don't see shoe or

Sherrod Brown

2:17:39 to 2:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: steel prices dropping. i don't know that that holds water. even if you concede it might affect prices some. e.p.i. accous that more than $8,000 in lost income for displaced workers. what does that

Sherrod Brown

2:17:58 to 2:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mean? someone at american standard in tiffin, ohio, or someone at the old westing plant in mansfield where i grew up or a g.m. worker in dayton, or an a.b.x. worker in wilmington, when they lose a good-paying

Sherrod Brown

2:18:17 to 2:18:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: job making $30,000, $40,000 a year, the next job they they get will make $8,000 less than what they were making. lower prices doesn't mean much if you have a job making $8,000 less than your old job.

Sherrod Brown

2:18:35 to 2:18:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: proponents of china pntr or nafta like to say that the jobs displaced from china are replaced with jobs in the service sector that pay better. again, not true. the truth is wages earned in export heavy

Sherrod Brown

2:18:48 to 2:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: industry pay less than the jobs displaced by chinese imports. so when we lose these jobs to chinese imports, it's costing our workers that $8,000 that you're talking about, even if we are exporting

Sherrod Brown

2:19:01 to 2:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: some to china and the amount we're exporting to china versus the amount that we're bringing is obviously is -- is a huge difference there. it is the better-paying jobs moving offshore or closing because

Sherrod Brown

2:19:16 to 2:19:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: of a flood of chinese imports. the failuref the w.t.o. talks could, in fact, be a blessing. the doha talks long ago become more of a threat than an opportunity to american farmers and to american workers.

Sherrod Brown

2:19:27 to 2:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it long ago represented more of a threat than an opportunity for sustainable development abroad for our trading partners. we have an opportunity now, mr. president, because of the failure of doha

Sherrod Brown

2:19:43 to 2:19:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to step away to evaluate what is working and what is not working and start again with the new trade model for new jersey, the presiding officer's state, and my state. i've interduesed legislation, s.

Sherrod Brown

2:19:56 to 2:20:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 3388, the trade act that evaluates the trade program, allows for renegotiation and sets forth principles for future trade deals. i've held in my state in the last year and a half about 110 roundtables

Sherrod Brown

2:20:11 to 2:20:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in 75 of ohio's 88 counties, where i gather a group of 20, 25 people, cross section of people and talk about their wishes and dreams and what they hope for inheir chiewnt and what they're -- community.

Sherrod Brown

2:20:25 to 2:20:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and what they're fighting for for their families and communities. it gets democrats and republicans, and i don't know people's partyop affiliation at these roundtables, it gets -- few things get republicans

Sherrod Brown

2:20:38 to 2:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and democrats as worked up as the unfair trading deals with nafta and cafta, that protect wall street investors, but don't protect labor, safety, or the environment. we have an opportunity, mr. president,

Sherrod Brown

2:20:49 to 2:21:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in the coming months and especially next year with the new president to renew a consensus on trade. i look forward to working in my caucus and across the aisle on a better approach to trade polic for our

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