Kevin Stine on Free Trade



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

Free trade is not free: enormous cost to the middle class

Ron Wyden has voted for NAFTA, CAFTA, the China Trade Bill, and is leading the charge for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is referred by some as "NAFTA on steroids". Free trade is not free, as the cost of these agreements have been an enormous detriment to the middle class in our country. The Economic Policy Institute reports that Oregon has lost or displaced more jobs on a percentage basis, than any other due to China entering the WTO.

More of these trade deals will further outsource our jobs. I stand with the labor unions and others such as Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, and Peter DeFazio who say "no" to these bills.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, KevinStine.com, "Issues" , Dec 31, 2015

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

International trade deals have cost U.S. jobs

Stine said he wants to close up corporate loopholes to prevent U.S. corporations from buying a foreign company and then declaring they are no longer an American corporation to avoid taxes.

Stine gives Wyden credit for being consistent in standing behind various issues even if they put the senator at odds with Democrats. But the issues Wyden has stood behind include international trade deals that have cost jobs, Stine said. He cited a Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute analysis that found Oregon was one of the hardest hit states in the country for job losses because of various trade deals since 2001. The Institute's report claimed 3.2 million jobs were lost nationwide since China joined the World Trade Organization that helped push up the U.S. trade deficit.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race , Sep 21, 2015

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