State of Georgia Archives: on Free Trade

Sonny Perdue: Rework NAFTA for dairy and poultry tariffs in Canada

On January 8, 2018, while speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation, Perdue urged Canada to complete an update to NAFTA. He said, "To get a deal we need all sides to seriously roll up our sleeves and get to work. We have put a number of proposals on the table to modernize NAFTA, and critically for agriculture, to address key sectors left out of the original agreement--dairy and poultry tariffs in Canada. Now we want to see our negotiating partners step up and engage so we can get the deal done."[
Source: article on Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Jan 8, 2018

Jon Ossoff: Empower our community's businesses to compete globally

Jon has a Master's degree from the London School of Economics, where he specialized in trade relations between the US and China. Jon's training in economics and his international business experience will help him craft smart, effective economic policy that empowers our community's businesses to compete globally, create good-paying jobs with benefits, and build Georgia into an economic powerhouse.
Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Rewrite trade deals to give US workers a level playing field

On issue after issue, from the pharmaceutical giveaways, bailouts to bad actors on Wall Street, bad foreign trade deals that harm wages and job opportunities in Georgia and across America, to the Washington crowd's inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform, our elected leaders in Washington are doing the bidding of the special interests and their lobbyists rather than listening to people.
Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Amanda Swafford: We need more transparency regarding trade agreements

Do you know what the P4 Trade agreement is? The Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement works to protect the biggest and wealthiest companies while setting up protectionism barriers that exclude smaller innovative ideas and processes from entering certain markets. Expansion of the agreement by the United States has been one of the least transparent expansions in recent history. Members of Congress who are authorized to decide trade issues are not being provided details on the substance of the negotiations despite calls for the trade documents to be released to them as early as 2012. We need more transparency regarding trade agreements with multiple partners and in all our foreign transactions.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, Sep 30, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Moving jobs to China & Mexico helps profits but not people

Nunn's campaign is going on the attack for the first time in her Senate campaign, blasting businessman David Perdue's (R) corporate record: "Michelle Nunn, CEO of the world's largest volunteer organization. But David Perdue says he's more qualified because he's been working in the 'real world.' Oh, really?" the ad's narrator says. "In Texas, Perdue's company moved production to Mexico. He was CEO of another company that went bankrupt, thousands lost jobs, but Perdue made millions. And in Georgia, Perdue's company closed plants and moved jobs to China. David Perdue: His world doesn't include you."

Perdue's campaign fired back: "The true Michelle Nunn is starting to show. Instead of debating the issues that matter to Georgians, she is recycling old attacks against David that have already been dismissed. We expected no less from the hand-picked candidate of Barack Obama and Harry Reid," said Perdue's campaign manager.

Source: The Hill weblog AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate race Aug 12, 2014

David Perdue: My company exported American-made products into Asia

[Rep. Phil Gingrey asked Perdue]: "Most recently you and your cousin create an import-export business called Perdue Partners, which just happened to be created after your cousin--the former governor--appointed you to the Georgia Ports Authority. That sounds like a conflict of interest to me."

Perdue's response: "I'm insulted personally about Perdue Partners. I'm one of three partners there. We export American-made products into Asia. I know full well the difficulties of dealing with this federal government. And that's why I want to go to Washington and try to bring some common sense and create a level playing field so we can get our manufacturers to competing again around the world."

In response to the now-familiar attack on Perdue by Rep. Jack Kingston for being on a board of a company that took stimulus money, Perdue pulled out a new jab: Kingston requested stimulus money for Georgia after voting against the stimulus law.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2014 Georgia Senate race May 17, 2014

Sonny Perdue: Make Atlanta hub for Central America FTAA trade

Governor Sonny Perdue welcomed ambassadors and other senior government officials from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. The purpose of their visit was to discuss trade relations between Georgia and Central America.

"During your visit, you will see that Atlanta is an important and growing hub for international trade. We've developed strong business ties with our neighbors in the Americas. We want to keep strengthening those relationships," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "I understand the importance of this region to Georgia's future. Central America is one of the fastest growing markets for the U.S., and especially for Georgia."

During his remarks, Governor Perdue also asked the visiting officials for their support to locate the headquarters of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Atlanta.

Source: Georgia voting records: press release on ambassadorial visit Mar 21, 2005

Zell Miller: The key to economic success is new markets & competition

We’ve learned that to survive in your own domestic market, you have to be able to compete with imports from all over the world. As long as you have to be internationally competitive to succeed, you might as well take advantage of the opportunities on the international market. Last year our exports totaled more than $10 billion. We can make new contacts in emerging markets. To do that, we are going to increase our trade representatives around the world.
Source: Governor’s Economic Development Conference, Georgia May 17, 1995

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