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  • Growing Trade Deficit Good News for U.S. Economy

    New U.S. Commerce Department statistics on America’s economy highlight growth in the U.S. trade deficit of $3.2 billion dollars between October and November 2009. That’s good news for Americans. The statistics also show real GDP rising 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2009, as well as growth in personal … More

    America Needs More than Rhetoric and Piecemeal Trade Measures for Economic Growth

    The President’s recognition in last night’s Fox News interview that exports play an important role in bolstering U.S. economic performance was welcome, but missed at least half of the trade story. Imports benefit America, too, through lower prices to consumers and manufacturers that raise incomes and boost productivity and competitiveness. … More

    A Year of Living Dangerously: Obama's Record on Trade

    In February 2009, President Obama revealed his trade policy agenda in the opening chapter of the 2009 Trade Policy Agenda and 2008 Annual Report. Short on substance, the agenda outlined many of the same broad ideas presented during his presidential campaign: enforcing trade rules and making trade “fairer” rather than … More

    Tough Stance on Trade: Good for Politics, Bad for America

    Catering to a Congress that is largely hostile to international trade, USTR nominee Ron Kirk used his confirmation hearing testimony to assure the Senate Finance Committee that the administration plans to take a tougher stance on trade this year. Instead of focusing the trade agenda on looking for new opportunities … More