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Friday, March 20, 2015

Chamber of Commerce Agenda: Bad for Families

Working Americans are being forgotten in today’s economy. President Obama likes to brag that unemployment is falling, but he can only say that because so many have given up looking for work altogether. Millions of workers are unemployed or underemployed, and wages for many others have stayed flat. Too many Americans can’t find a job that is enough to feed their families. Unfortunately, the policies that are hailed as "bipartisan" in Washington will only make things worse. When Democrats and Republicans agree, it’s often on the Chamber of Commerce agenda – great for corporations, but bad for families.

At the top of Congress’s agenda is new free-trade agreements. Earlier trade treaties like NAFTA shipped good manufacturing jobs to foreign countries without providing the rewards we were promised. Instead of learning from past mistakes, President Obama and many Republicans want to extend free trade across the Pacific. The Trans-Pacific Partnership involves 12 countries, many of which pay their workers extremely low wages. To push the agreement through, the president demands special "fast track" authority. The president would negotiate this deal behind closed doors and then present it to Congress with strict limits on debate and amendment. That’s a recipe for another free-trade deal that will be disastrous for American workers.

We can expect a new push for more immigration. President Obama has granted unconstitutional amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who work for low wages. Many Republicans support giving more visas to highly-educated immigrants. They talk about wanting to attract the best and the brightest, but in reality, companies use these visas to hire cheaper workers. Many Americans with science and math degrees are having a hard time finding a job. We should not be importing more competition for them. Congressmen won last November because voters don’t want Obama’s failed policies. We want Congress to represent the voters.

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