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Senate Proceeding on Sep 22nd, 2010 :: 1:53:05 to 2:05:14
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Sherrod Brown

1:53:01 to 1:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: integrity and the transparency that the citizens united decision strips from our political process. let's not forsake this opportunity, mr. president. i know it won't affect the tens of millions of dollars that karl rove and his friends in the bush administration are spending in campaigns this year. but if we do this bill right, it can affect elections in the

Sherrod Brown

1:53:05 to 2:05:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown

1:53:22 to 1:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: future in a positive way so that elections, one, will be made in america. second, that people who give money, there will be transparency and disclosure so the public knows how much money is being put into which campaigns and it will mean ultimately that corporations take responsibility for the decisions they make and the money they spend in the american political system.

Sherrod Brown

1:53:44 to 1:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it's what the rest of us have to do. c.e.o.'s should have to do same. mr. president, i yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quor the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

Sherrod Brown

1:55:03 to 1:55:23( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: quorum call: mr. brown: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio is recognized. mr. brown: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. brown: thank you. i have 12 unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the majority and minority leaders. requests be agreed to, these

Sherrod Brown

1:55:24 to 1:55:44( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: requests be printed in the record. thank you. mr. president, i wanted to mention something else after talking about the perhaps chinese influence in american elections, and other countries' influence on american elections and how republicans here don't seem to want to stand up for american people's first

Sherrod Brown

1:55:45 to 1:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: amendment and national interests here. but i want to talk about something that's more bipartisan, in some sense maybe more disturbing. and that is ten years ago today, mr. president, the united states senate -- come right down to it, ten years ago this month the united states senate sold out american manufacturing.

Sherrod Brown

1:56:06 to 1:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ten years ago this month, by a vote of 83-15, the senate passed a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with the people's republic of china. now, i remember, mr. president, i was in the house of representatives then, i opposed this measure. we were joined by most democrats and a number of republicans. but we were unable to defeat it.

Sherrod Brown

1:56:27 to 1:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it was a fairly close vote. the proponents of china pntr came to our office -- the people that wanted this enhanced -- giving these extra benefits to china was initially called most favored nation status for china. the supporters thought that didn't sound very good. so they called it permanent normal trade relations with china.

Sherrod Brown

1:56:49 to 1:57:10( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: always put another name on it and make it -- put lipstick on that pig. what the supporters said to us, these c.e.o.'s came to congress and one at a time they tal us. they said that they couldn't wait to pass pntr because they would then have access to one billion chinese consumers.

Sherrod Brown

1:57:11 to 1:57:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: so those consumers could purchase american-made products. they wanted access to one billion chinese consumers. it sounded pretty good except you know it was not quite the story. because as soon as pntr passed, as soon as they changed the rules, the story became not one billion chinese workers -- chinese consumers they were excited about.

Sherrod Brown

1:57:33 to 1:57:57( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it was one billion chinese workers they were excited about. you could see american companies crossing the ocean, shutting down a plant in dayton, ohio, and moving to china; shutting down a plan in youngstown, and moving to shanghai; shutting down a plant in lima, ohio, and

Sherrod Brown

1:57:58 to 1:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: moving to beijing or mr. president, it's the first time, i think since colonial days, maybe ever, the first time when a business plan -- get this -- when a company's business plan, the first thing you do, you lobby do think change the rules. the second thing you do, you start to shut down plants in your home country with your home

Sherrod Brown

1:58:19 to 1:58:40( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: country's workers, where your entire company was established and you shut down production in your country. you move several thousand miles away, set up production, understanding the workers work cheaper -- work more cheaply, i guess is the correct grammar.

Sherrod Brown

1:58:41 to 1:59:01( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the workers work for less pay. the companies don't have strong environmental rules, very few protections for workers. they make the product. then they sell the product back to the home country. this business model, after getting the law changed, pntr, ten years ago this month, was to move overseas, there, then sell them back to

Sherrod Brown

1:59:02 to 1:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the original home country that's bad for the environment, first of all. it's bad for our workers. it's bad when a plant shuts down. look what's happened. we have seen since pntr passed, we've seen a 170% trade deficit increase in the last ten years. china toeupbs undermine free -- china continues to undermine

Sherrod Brown

1:59:23 to 1:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: free market. instead of helping u.s. export -- u.s. companies export more products to china, our trade policies have permitted china to manipulate its currency , provide illegal subsidies to exporters. u.s. manufacturers have to

Sherrod Brown

1:59:44 to 2:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: compete against a flood of cheap imports. you know what happens? when i hear this, here's how wrong they are. when a large company leaves akron, ohio, or canton, ohio, an moves to china, an auto plant, for example, when they pull up stakes and move, you know what

Sherrod Brown

2:00:05 to 2:00:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: happens to the small companies, the small manufacturers? they don't have the wherewithal, they can't move to china or mexico, so they lose 0% of their business -- 30% of their business because a little machine shop in -- in hamilton, ohio, whatever, these companies have lost their major looks what happens to them and

Sherrod Brown

2:00:26 to 2:00:46( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: their workers. big companies move overseas, all the component manufacturers, they're just out of luck all because of this trade policy and this tax policy which makes it more attractive for a company in a -- c.e.o. doesn't move. he still lives here usually, or she, for the xp to move their -- for the company to move their

Sherrod Brown

2:00:47 to 2:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: production to china and sell in the united states. second, mr. president, our nation's -- our nation's trade policy, this pntr vote 10 years ago that sold out manufacturing, undermines the world to lead in clean energy.

Sherrod Brown

2:01:08 to 2:01:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the turbine manufacturing presence at all a decade ago by the end of this year may be making, her to close to -- they're close to making half of all wind solar panels in the world in 10 years and they're not -- most of them are not making them to sell in china, they're making them to export, much of which comes back to the united states.

Sherrod Brown

2:01:31 to 2:01:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: now more than energy components are made outside of the united states. we know how to make things. we inv of the wind and solar panel technology. 20 miles from my house is a nasa facility, taxpayer funded nasa facility to develop the technology we use in wind turbines, but most of those are

Sherrod Brown

2:01:52 to 2:02:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: built in china, some are built in spain, other places around the world. so, mr. president, the -- they'll tell us that -- they will -- the supporters of this china trade policy will tell us that, you know, we just -- they make the argument which -- everything's about exports. we've got to boost our exports.

Sherrod Brown

2:02:13 to 2:02:33( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i agree we've got to boost our exports. our $226 billion trade deficit per year, th about $600 million a day. you know what that means? it means $600 million every day, seven days a week, we buy $600 million from china, more than we sell to china. so how do you argue this trade

Sherrod Brown

2:02:34 to 2:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: policy's working for us? it means in essence $600 million disappears from our shores every day going to china. you know, great. except that's not going to work long term for our country when you build up those trade deficits. mr. president, what do we do about this? there's a couple of things. i believe i only have time -- the clock says another two or three or four minutes.

Sherrod Brown

2:02:56 to 2:03:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: first of all we've got to do much better at enforcing trade law. we need to revive the super301 mechanism that lapse under the bush things that would allow forcing priorities including currency manipulation are restrictive currency policy.

Sherrod Brown

2:03:17 to 2:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it would ensure our government helps open foreign markets to u.s. exporters. i'm a member of the president's u.s. export council. about 10 house and senate members on this council, and there -- they are both parties, both houses and a number of american c.e.o.'s on this council. we all want toaks port more.

Sherrod Brown

2:03:38 to 2:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: as we try export more, sell more u.s. products abroad, we've got to enforce u.s. trade law so those companies are not selling things to our country illegally. president obama has done that to some degree. he has done more on that than any previous president. he has not done close to enough on that. he has stepped forward on oil

Sherrod Brown

2:04:00 to 2:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: country tubeular goods, which are the tubeular pipes for gas and oil drilling. the chinese were cheating on that. the president made the right trade decision on that. we saw hundreds of new jobs in northeast ohio. the president made a similar decision on tires, on chinese tires sold in this country illegally. after the president made that

Sherrod Brown

2:04:21 to 2:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: decision, a hundred people were hired at the finley cooper tire plant in northwest ohio and other places around the state. mr. president, i would close with this, that you know, we hear a the lot talk from both parties about made in america. it means standing up for workers an manufacturers who are too

Sherrod Brown

2:04:44 to 2:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: often jut cut by imports by countries that violate the lawment my challenge to my colleagues -- law. my challenge to my colleagues is to ensure that american manufacturing grows rather than contracts during the next decade. 30 years ago almost one-third of the gross domestic product was manufacturing, today it is 11%.

Sherrod Brown

2:05:05 to 2:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: 30 years ago 25% -- 11% of our g.d.p. was financial services. today that's 25%. so not to overwhelm people with numbs. but we've seen basically a -- a

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