Ag Trade Balance Drastically Worsens Despite More Trade Deals

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 15, 2016 Contact: Paola Masman, Media Director 202-688-5145 ext 2, [email protected] Government report: agricultural trade balance worsens by 62 percent from last year despite trade agreements A new report by the US Department of Agriculture reveals that the US agricultural trade balance is drastically worsening. Agricultural exports are down and imports are up from…

Curious Catfish Shipments Highlight Need to Stop the TPP

As a battle brews on Capitol Hill over the future of catfish inspections, two catfish shipments from China retreated last week, rather than undergo U.S. border inspections. Upon hearing the news, Food & Water Watch reached out to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection System to learn more. [Kate Fried, Patrick Woodall| June 7, 2016 |Food & Water Watch] Today, both…

Sanders forces push trade agreement opposition at DNC platform meeting

Trade policy is emerging as a point of tension between the Bernie Sanders team and the party establishment in the drafting of the Democratic Party platform.  [Jonathan Swan| June 9, 2016 |The Hill] While Hillary Clinton came out against the Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, an Asian trade deal that she previously championed as secretary of State, the Sanders forces…

NAFTA and the Angry Middle-Class Voter

On a bleak February day, in plenty of time to impact the 2016 Indiana presidential primary, a flush U.S. corporation named United Technologies abruptly announced that it would be closing two Indiana manufacturing plants employing some 2,100 Americans — and shifting the plants’ operations to Mexico. [Carl M. Cannon| June 9, 2016 |Real Clear Politics]…

How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing

Nine policies that could spark new growth in factory jobs and the economic benefits they bring [Bob Tita| June 7, 2016 |The Wall Street Journal] After a long decline, manufacturing is returning to the U.S. Now it may be time for U.S. policy makers to give it an extra boost. The U.S. shed 5.7 million…