Both sides pledge new effort on jobless bill
Republicans and Democrats both pledged Wednesday to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, but immediate prospects for compromise appeared dim one day after a Senate deadlock.
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#1 Jan 15, 2014
Congress is full of crap ... maybe they ought to find a way to offer the unemployed suitable work. Doing so would reduce the payment of benefits ... see the link below for an to understand why.
Nha Trang, Vietnam
#3 Jan 15, 2014
hey 8boy;) cant wait for BO liebrary vs Congressy liberry?!!;)it"s cold there;)
Nha Trang, Vietnam
#4 Jan 15, 2014
what's U.S.A. standfool?;)
#5 Jan 15, 2014
The government can not agree how to fund unemployment benefits but has no problem sending tons of money to Syria.
#7 Jan 15, 2014
Americans have no clue how we lost jobs therefore you cant fix what you dont know.
What wasnt on CNN nor FOX was when Clinton spearhead and signed the China trade act, which historically and permanently lowered the U.S import tax in 2000, we lost 42,300 factories from 2000 to 2009.
By 2009 the U.S. has less factories then before the bombing of pearl harbor. This is WHY over 60% of what we buy comes from foreign trade and most of thats is from china
This is also why Obama Stimulus never worked being that so much of that 60% spent in the U.S. is profit going overseas companies like China pays ZIP for Tax to the U.S.
So a Jobs bill wont do zip no matter what side of the fence your on.
This recession will go on for Decades period. American will just be a service industry job nation; We lost our Manufacturing our Technical Manufacturing that we had in the 90s
Think the recession job loss stared in 2000 CNN etc say 2008 was the recession.Politics
Logic should tell you it took 8 to 10 years to get out of the Grate Depression. 80s had a double digit unemployment rate and that only took 3 years to get out of that. Its now been 5 years and we have zip for recovery.
It gets worse H.S. grad rates rounded off
According to the Gov site Labor force participation rate for a non-HS grad is 46% in 2011 over 50% of U.S. births were minorities. That sane year Medicaid paid for 48% of U.S. births.
So this JOB issue is not going to get better period.
#8 Jan 16, 2014
The China Trade Act was Republican legislation.
Sponsored by a republican.
Bill Archer (R) TX.
Passed the house 237- 197 .
167 Republicans and 72 Democrats voted for it.
137 Democrats 57 Republicans voted against.
It passed the senate 83-15
46 Republican senators voted for it.
37 Democrats did also.
Along with NAFTA, also republican sponsored a U.S. factory and job killer.
#10 Jan 16, 2014
Why should we help the jobless?
They are just lazy people who don't want to work.
Obama took all the jobs.
So there are no jobs.
So if you're lazy and Obama took your job you and your family should starve.
This is America.
Unless you toil endlessly making money for someone else, you have exactly no value in our society.
You're a taker.
Did I get that right?
conservative politics is very complicated.
If global warming is real, why is it cold today?
#11 Jan 16, 2014
WTF HELLO you signed it YOU OWN IT Clinton could have VETOED the China Bill instead he personally Spearheaded it!!!! Clinton Also signed NAFTA and later sent HIS Dems to China to get HIS agenda done. DAM you DEMS NEVER take responsibility for your partys actions. Clinton was the counter part to Regan, revered by the Dems ..Also Bill Archere was a Democrat and switched parties. YOU also forgot to mention the 3 Co Sponsors of that bill. 1 Rep.Crane, Philip Phil[R-IL8] 2 Democtares Matsui, Robert [D-CA5] Tanner, John [D-TN8] Now for you history Lesson
Lets get ALL the FACTS!!! Democrats for Clintons China act
The White House announced the support of more than 140 elected officials from the Democratic Party for granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status May 9 in a White House event featuring President Bill Clinton and other Democratic officeholders from across the nation.
The officials at the White House included California State Senator Jim Costa, President-Elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures; Prince George's County Maryland) Executive Wayne Curry, Chairman of the National Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus; and Stamford (Connecticut) Mayor Dan Malloy, Chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials Organization.
All three signed the Democratic Leadership Council's national petition along with more than 140 other elected leaders urging Congress to pass the legislation that would grant China permanent NTR status. Granting China permanent NTR status would require both the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote to end application of Title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 to China.
"We have come to Washington, because we believe it is imperative that we show our support for our President and his successful economic policies," Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said. "Opening China's market is critical to continuing our economic growth," Kirk added. " It is our hope that our perspective will have some influence in Congress."
Following is the text of a press release from the Democratic
Leadership Council followed by the letter:
(begin text of press release)
More than 140 Democratic Statewide and Local Officials Sign DLC Petition in Support of PNTR with China
A group of Democratic statewide and local elected officials met with President Bill Clinton today to demonstrate their support for Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China and released the Democratic Leadership Council's national petition of more than 140 additional statewide and local leaders urging Congress to pass the pending trade legislation.
Representing the more than 140 Democratic elected officials at the White House were California State Senator Jim Costa, President-Elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures; Prince George's County (MD) Executive Wayne Curry, Chairman of the National .
#12 Jan 16, 2014
Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus; Stamford (CT) Mayor Dan Malloy, Chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials Organization; Washington State Lt. Gov. Brad Owen; Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk; Florida State Representative Lars Hafner, Democratic Caucus Chair, Florida House; and Florida State Representative Robert Henriquez, Vice Chair
elect of the Florida Democratic Party.
The petition, which was drafted by the DLC Project on America, the New Global Economy, & Trade, unites Democratic governors, lt. governors, mayors, state representatives, and county officials from around the country; highlights the local importance of passing PNTR with China; and calls for Democrats in Congress to put aside past conflicts and
endorse a 'dual trade strategy' that expands both markets abroad and the winner's circle of those who benefit from trade at home.
"We have come to Washington, because we believe it is imperative that we show our support for our President and his successful economic policies," stated Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk. "Opening China's market is critical to continuing our economic growth. As leaders in the communities being affected by the PNTR vote, it is our hope that our perspective will have some influence in Congress."
From an economic point of view, the deal with China offers a clear-cut opportunity to expand overseas markets for U.S. goods and services now and in the future. Unlike most trade agreements, there are no U.S. concessions to balance Chinese concessions. The current economic boom in this country has been fueled by a policy formula that includes
fiscal discipline, support for technology and innovation, investment in our human capital, sound management of the money supply, and access to new markets. Turning back on any of these factors, especially trade, would be dangerous and prevent America from effectively competing within the global economy, the officials stated.
"As state and local officials, we understand that today's strong and stable economy depends on expanding markets around the world for the goods and services our communities produce," the petition reads. "Expanded trade has been a critical component of the unprecedented economic prosperity of the past six years ... We call on Congress to
do its part and approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China .. We call on Democrats to put aside past conflicts over trade and come together on a dual strategy of expanding markets while expanding the 'winner's circle'?to join President Clinton in his campaign to put a human face on the global economy, enabling workers both at home and
abroad to improve their lives."
The release of the petition capped a full day of activities on Tuesday for the local elected officials, which included a morning White House event of distinguished leaders who support PNTR with China, lobbying Democratic members of Congress in support of the legislation, and meeting with media to discuss the upcoming vote.
The petition released on Tuesday is one of the many DLC initiatives organized over the last few months in support of PNTR with China.
"The Democratic Party has been the party of free trade throughout American history," DLC President Al From stated. "It is a tradition based on our first principle of equal opportunity for all, special privilege for none. Since the days of President Van Buren, Democrats have fought to lower tariffs because they unfairly favor certain industries, make consumers pay higher prices, limit economic growth,and diminish opportunities for American workers. These local and statewide leaders understand these principles and know first hand the benefits of that trade with China can bring to communities across the
country." ...(end text of press release).......
#13 Jan 16, 2014
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
WE STRONGLY SUPPORT YOUR POLICIES EXPANDING TRADE
As state and local officials, we understand that today's strong and stable economy depends on expanding markets around the world for the goods and services our communities produce. Expanded trade has been a critical component of the unprecedented economic prosperity of the past six years -- a key element of the Clinton Administration's
successful economic strategy that has kept growth strong, created 20 million new jobs and held inflation at bay.
We applaud President Clinton's steadfast commitment to U.S. global economic leadership, and his understanding of the need for complementary policies to educate our students and train our workers to make sure everyone can benefit from national economic growth.
New opportunities for trade expansion are right on the horizon. The passage of an Africa trade bill in both the House and Senate last year was a positive step in the right direction.
But the immediate challenge is the opportunity created by the Administration's trade negotiators when they carved out an agreement with China that would unilaterally open vast areas of the Chinese market to U.S. exports and investment. This enlarged U.S. access to China's markets is a condition for Chinese membership in the World Trade Organization. In the short run, U.S. farmers, bankers, insurers, and manufacturers of microchips, chemicals, cars, computers, and software will benefit from a whole new level of access to what is potentially the world's largest consumer market. In the long run, the United States will benefit from China's verifiable and enforceable commitment to play by the world's rules.
We call on Congress to do its part and approve permanent Normal Trade Relations with China * nothing more or less than we have granted China on an annual basis for 19 years - and the same status we provide to all 134 other WTO members, and to all but a handful of other countries.
Congress also has the opportunity to strengthen America's hand in the global economy, while spreading the blessings of economic growth, by equipping Americans to succeed with higher educational standards, lifelong skills training opportunities, access to wealth-building assets, and control over such essentials of economic security as pensions and health care.
We call on Democrats to put aside past conflicts over trade and come together on a dual strategy of expanding markets while expanding the "winners' circle" -- to join President Clinton in his campaign to put a human face on the global economy, enabling workers both at home and abroad to improve their lives.
And we call on all Americans to greet global economic change not by futilely fighting it or helplessly accepting it, but by working to shape it in our national interest, and according to our nation's values.
Benjamin Cayetano, HI John Kitzhaber, OR Gary Locke, WA Ronnie Musgrove, MS Pedro Rossello, PR Jeanne Shaheen, NH Don Siegelman, AL
Michael Fitzgerald, Treasurer, IA Thomas T. Irvin, Com. of Agriculture, GA Patty Judge, Secretary of Agriculture, IA Tom Miller, Attorney General, IA Brad Owen, Lieutenant Governor, WA Kathleen Sebelius, Insurance Com., KS.
#14 Jan 16, 2014
Lee Brown, Houston, TX Donald Cunningham, Jr., Bethlehem, PA Gene Eriquez, Danbury, CT
John Fernandez, Bloomington, IN Carleton S. Finkbeiner, Toledo, OH Mara S. Giulianti, Hollywood, FL Ron Gonzales, San Jose, CA Patrick Henry Hays, North Little Rock, AR
Patsy Jo Hillard, East Point, GA David C. Hollister, Lansing, MI Scott King, Gary, IN
Ronald Kirk, Dallas, TX Albert McWilliams, Plainfield, NJ Dannel Malloy, Stamford, CT
Marc Morial, New Orleans, LA Lorraine Morton, Evanstown, IL Debra A. Powell, East Saint Louis, IL David Ragucci, Everett, MA Stephen Reed, Harrisburg, PA Joe Rice, Glendale, CO
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Charleston, SC Frank R. Satchel, Jr., Mulberry, FL Woodrow Stanley, Flint, MI Joan Wagnon, Topeka, KS Kirk Watson, Austin, TX Wellington E. Webb, Denver, CO
Ron Allen, UT Jack A. Brown, AZ Jim Costa, CA Chris Cummiskey, AZ Tom Flynn, IA George Zaven Hart, MI Scott N. Howell, UT Charles Langford, AL Matt McCoy, IA Nathaniel J. McFadden, VA Thomas V. Miller, MD Harry Mitchell, AZ Marc R. Pacheco, MA Elaine Richardson, AZ Rob Smith, MS Clint Stennett, ID Elaine Szymoniak, IA Frank Weddig, CO
Joe Young, Jr., MI
Lei Ahu Isa, HI Clyde Alexander, TX James F. Almand, VA Elaine Alquist, CA Viola Baskerville, VA Chris Beck, OR Brian Bolduc, ME Talmadge Branch, MD Joe E. Brown, SC
Shirley Brown, FL Kathleen H. Chapman, IA Ken Cheuvront, AZ Mary Pearl Compton, VA
Ed Crocker, OK Ryan Deckert, OR Dana Lee Dembrow, MD Judy Erwin, IL Ted W. Farnen, MO
Dean Florez, CA Kathi Foster, AZ John A. Fritchey, IL Ron Greenstein, FL Daniel Grossman, CO Lars A. Hafner, FL Robert Hagedorn, CO Robert Henriquez, FL Sally A. Heyman, FL Herschella Horton, AZ Evan Jenkins, WV Myra Jones, AR Alex Knopp, CT Annie Kuether, KS Leah Landrum, AZ Ted Lempert, CA Curt Levine, FL Mike Machado, CA Mark Maddox, TN Mark Maiorana, AZ Kerry Mazzoni, CA Dorloes Mertz, IA Lesley Miller, Jr., FL Kenneth Montague, MD Winfield Moses, Jr., IN Richard Myers, IA Andrew Nichols, AZ Debora Norris, AZ Phillip Novak, IL Raymond Peck, MT Wilfred Pierre, LA John Rayson, FL DeeDee Ritchie, FL Amy Robb-Theroux, NH Tim Ryan, FL Kurt Schrader, OR Tracy R. Stafford, FL Gregory Stevens, IA Anthony Suarez, FL Marjorie Turnbull, FL Val Vigil, CO Christine Weason, AZ Doug Wiles, FL Suzanne Williams, CO Sue Windels, CO Philip Wise, IA Jane Wood, NH Brent Yonts, KY
Ben Barnes, Elkhart County, IN Barbra Blanchard, Tompkins County, NY Sara B. Bost, Essex County, NJ Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, FL John Callahan, Bethlehem, PA Roberto Canchola, Santa Cruz County, CA Wayne Curry, Prince George's County, MD James Gregory, Bethlehem, PA
Ellen Jaffee, Rockland County, NY Robert Krug, Milwaukee County, WI Duane Little, Soshone County, ID Sharon McDonald, Norfolk, VA Jules Mermelstein, Upper Dublin Township, PA Anthony Petrucci, Dauphin County, PA Eugene Sellers, Lafayette, LA
Eleanor Sobel, Hollywood, FL Lawrence Stone, Santa Clara County, CA Edward Szczesniak, Onondaga County NY Charleta Tavares, Colombus, OH.
#15 Jan 16, 2014
FACT CHECKED RECORD!!!!
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Clinton said he hoped the agreement would encourage other nations to work toward a broader world-trade pact.
NAFTA, a trade pact between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, eliminated virtually all tariffs and trade restrictions between the three nations.
Clinton didnt learn from NAFTA, several years later he personally Spearheaded China trade bill.
Clinton Opens Fight to Boost China Trade Ties
Congress: Critics of bill linked to WTO entry for Beijing warn of economic loss, fear sanctioning poor rights record
WASHINGTON President Clinton launched one of the most important legislative battles of his presidency Wednesday, sending Congress a long-awaited bill that would permanently throw open China's huge and rapidly expanding trade relationship with the United States.
In a speech designed to kick off what promises to be a contentious, closely fought debate in Congress, Clinton sketched out the high stakes of the choice at hand and pledged to do everything he can to secure passage. "It's a historic opportunity and a profound American responsibility," he told an audience of policymakers, China specialists, faculty and students at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "It represents the most significant opportunity that we have had to create positive change in China since the 1970s, when President Nixon first went there, and later in the decade, when President Carter normalized relations."
Critics, however, insist that approval of the legislation could be disastrous, opening the door to a huge outflow of U.S. jobs, giving a de facto green light to China's repressive human rights practices and rewarding Beijing's aggressive rhetoric concerning such issues as Taiwan.
Congressional debate about such an important and already emotional issue is certain to crackle with intensity in the heat of a general election campaign. Republicans and Democrats alike are talking about casting a final vote by late spring. In many ways, the looming battle is a test of Clinton's ability to provide consistent, sustained leadership on a crucial issue before Congress. It is a test he has twice flunked--once in failing to press for presidential authority to negotiate trade agreements that Congress cannot amend, then by neglecting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
ABC News Clintons signing of a bill that permanently normalizes trade relations with China is expected to translate into billions of dollars in new sales for U.S. farmers, manufacturers and service companies.
Increased competition inside China, however, is expected to result in massive layoffs, especially in Chinas state-run companies.
The House approved the legislation normalizing trade relations in May; the Senate passed it on Sept. 19. The measure revises a law from the mid-1970s that subjected trade relations with communist states to annual reviews.
The president invited key lawmakers to the South Lawn of the White House today to witness his signing of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000, a hard-fought victory for the administration.
Clintons players from his speech
Remarks on Signing Legislation on Permanent Normal Trade Relations With China
#16 Jan 16, 2014
Clinton thanked 30 people for help on his China trade bill 26 of them were democrats that also spearheaded that bill
Clinton China thanking Dems
Democrat Secretary Albright Democrat
Democrat Senator Moynihan
Democrat Chairman Archer Republican but switched parties used to be a Democrat
Democrat Representative Rangel.
Democrat Senator Lott Democrat
Democrat Senator Daschle
Democrat Charlene Barshefsky
Democrat Gene Sperling
Democrat Secretary Glickman
Democrat Secretary Summers
Democrat Secretaries Mineta
Democrat Secretary Slater
Democrat Secretary Shalala
Democrat John Podesta
Democrat Sandy Berger
Democrat Bill Daley Democrat he served as Special Counsel to the President on issues relating to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 1997, Daley became U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the second Clinton administration, remaining at that post until July 2000.
Democrat Steve Ricchetti
Democrat Chuck Brain
Democrat Mary Beth Cahill
Democrat Congressman Sam Gibbons
Democrat Secretary Mike Epsy
Democrat Congressman Levin
Democrat Senator Max Baucus
Democrat Congressman Matsui
Democrat Congressman Dooley
Democrat Congressman Dreier
Republican Congressman Kolbe
Republican Congressman Crane
Republican Senator Roth
Republican Congressman Bereuter
#17 Jan 16, 2014
Clinton quoted historical Speech.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much, Secretary (D) Albright; Mr. Speaker; (D) Senator Roth; (D) Senator Moynihan; (D/R) Chairman Archer; (D) Representative Rangel. I thank you all so much for your steadfast leadership in this important cause.
I also want to thank (D) Senator Lott and (D) Senator Daschle in their absence and, indeed, all the Members who are here. And if you would just indulge me in one personal remark, this is probably the largest gathering of Members of Congress anywhere in Washington today, except in the Chambers of the House and Senate.
And I would like to take a moment to pay my respects to the memory of our friend Congressman Bruce Vento, who passed away earlier today, a great teacher, a great Representative, a wonderful human being.
I also want to join the previous speakers in thanking all those who worked so hard on it,(D) Charlene Barshefsky and (D) Gene Sperling, who accompanied her to China, and they worked on this deal until the 11th hour. We knew it would take until the 11th hour. We only hoped by then they wouldnt be too tired to tell time, so we would be able to finish.
I thank Secretaries (D) Glickman,(D) Summers, and (D)Mineta; and (D) Secretary Slater,(D) Secretary Shalala, who are here,(D) John Podesta and (D) Sandy Berger. I cant thank (D) Bill Daley and (D)Steve Ricchetti enough for the extraordinary job they did to lead our efforts to secure passage of this initiative, along with (D) Chuck Brain and (D) Mary Beth Cahill.
I want to thank all the State and local officials, the retired officials and business leaders who helped us, and I would like to acknowledge two great champions of trade who I just saw in the audience; just because Im glad to see them, former Congressman (D) Sam Gibbons and former (D) Congressman and (D) Agriculture Secretary (D) Mike Epsy. Thank you both for being here.
This is a great day for the United States and a hopeful day for the 21st century world.
China has grown more prosperous and more open. As the world economy becomes vastly more complex and interconnected, Chinas participation in it, according to the rules of international trade, has only become more important for America, for Asia, and the world. Today we take a major step toward Chinas entry into the World Trade Organization and a major step toward answering some of the central challenges of this new century. For trade with China will not only extend our Nations unprecedented economic growth, it offers us a chance to help to shape the future of the worlds most populous nation and to reaffirm our own global leadership for peace and prosperity.
I guess I ought to point out that our works not over when I sign the bill. For China must still complete its WTO accession negotiations and live up to the agreements it has negotiated with us and our partners before it can join. But when it happens, China will open its markets to American products from wheat to cars to consulting services, and our companies will be far more able to sell goods without moving factories or investments there.
Beyond the economy, however, America has a profound stake in what happens in China, how it chooses to relate to the rest of the world, whether it is open to the world, respectful of human rights, upholding the rule of law at home and its dealings with other nations.
#18 Jan 16, 2014
Of course, opening trade with China will not in and of itself lead China to make all the choices we believe it should. But clearly, the more China opens its markets, the more it unleashes the power of economic freedom, the more likely it will be to more fully liberate the human potential of its people. As tariffs fall, competition will rise, speeding the demise of huge state enterprises. Private firms will take their place and reduce the role of government in peoples daily lives. Open markets will accelerate the information revolution in China, giving more people more access to more sources of knowledge. That will strengthen those in China who fight for decent labor standards, a cleaner environment, human rights, and the rule of law.
We also will continue to press China to meet its commitments on stopping the transfer of dangerous technology and deadly weapons. We will continue to be a force for security in Asia, maintaining our military presence and our strong alliances. We will continue to support, from the outside, those who struggle within China for human rights and religious freedom.
I want to say a special word of thanks to Congressman Levin and Bereuter. Because of them, we will have both normal trade relations and a good new policy took to monitor our human rights concern. They made this better bill, and all Americans are in their debt. Thank you.
There are so many Members here today, I cant introduce them all, but some who had no institutional mandate to do so also joined us in fighting hard for this bill. Among them, Senator Baucus, Congressman Matsui, Congressman Dooley, Congressman Dreier, Congressman Kolbe, and Congressman Crane. I, in particular, thank those of you who worked so closely with me in this regard, and all the rest of you who fought hard for this.
Let me say, in case youve all forgotten, this thing was hard to pass.(Laughter) This was a lot of trouble. And I would just like to close in reiterating something that I often said in these endless meeting we had in that room right up there on the third floor where, ironically, President Franklin Roosevelt had his office during World War II.
I do think this a good economic deal for America. I think it will increase our exports, and over the long run, will strengthen our economic position in the world. But I think, by far, the most important reason to ratify this agreement is the potential it gives us to build a safer, more integrated world.
You heard Senator Moynihan talking about the day he joined the Navy. In the last 60 years of the 20th century, we fought three major wars in Asia. We can build a whole different future there now. We concluded a trade agreement with Vietnam. Today a very high official from North Korea came into the Oval Office to bring a message from the leader of North Korea. But nothing-nothing- can enhance the prospects of peace and the prospects of a very different 21st century like having china take the right path into the future.
Like all people in the United States, the Chinese people ultimately will have to pick their own path. And they will make their own decisions. We cant control what they do, but we can control what we do.
We overcame fears, misgivings, honest disagreements, to come together in a stunning bipartisan coalition. One Republican House Member shook hands with me today, and the first thing he said is,Well, he said,Im glad to see you, Mr. President. This is the first time Ive ever come here since youve been here.(Laughter) And I thought,Well, if there had to be just one time, this is the time, because we did something together here that gives our children and our grandchildren the chance to live in a world that is coming together, not coming apart. It gives all of us the chance to meet the common threats of the future together as free and independent people.
#19 Jan 16, 2014
Our children will live in a world in which the information technology revolution, the biotechnology revolution, and the increasing globalization of the economy will force them to find ways to meet our common challenges and seize our common opportunities together. Its hard to imagine how that future will work if China is not part of it.
So to every on of you, from every part of America, those in congress and those who lobbied the Congress, I hope for a long time to come you will remember this day and be proud of what you did to bring it about. And I hope and believe that our children and grandchildren will be the beneficiaries of your labors.
Thank you and God bless you.
More leading up to Clintons legacy in spearheading Dems agenda
WASHINGTON (CNN)-- President Clinton closed years of political and economic debate Tuesday, and sealed a major achievement of his administration by signing a bill extending permanent, normal trade status to China.
Clinton Today we take a major step toward Chinas entry into the World Trade Organization and a major step toward answering some of the central challenges of this new century. Clinton said in a White House Ceremony Tuesday afternoon,
"Trade with China will not only extend our nation's unprecedented economic growth, it offers us a chance to help shape the future of the world's most prosperous nation and to reaffirm our own global leadership for peace and prosperity."
The measure is considered the most important U.S. trade legislation since passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993. But it faced a long campaign of opposition from labor, human rights and conservative groups who wanted to retain the annual review of trade relations with China.
The Senate passed the China trade bill in September after supporters won a bruising battle in the House of Representatives in May
More leading up to Clintons legacy in spearheading Dems agenda
Clinton Statement on the World Trade Organization Seattle Round 1999
We made progress at the Seattle WTO trade meetings although significant differences remain. I remain optimistic that we can use the coming months to narrow our differences and launch a successful new round of global trade talks. A successful round will include bringing down barriers in agriculture, manufacturing, and services; keeping E-commerce tariff-free; and ensuring that trade will lift living conditions for working people everywhere while protecting the environment. And as I said in Seattle, a successful WTO must be more open and accessible to all citizens around the world.
I am determined to move forward on the path of free trade and economic growth while ensuring a human face is put on the global economy.
Beyond the economy American has a profound stake in what happens in China how it relates to the rest of the world and weather it is open to the world respectful of human rights Of course opening trade with China in and of itself
#20 Jan 16, 2014
There will continue to be no jobs while we have a democratic president and senate , facts are facts
#21 Jan 16, 2014
I m the historical expert here!!! I could go on and on BOTTOM line here is when a president SIGNS a bill his NAME is on it PEROID!!!!!
Democratic President Clinton WANTED that and TOUTED it !!!
If you look at where his mindset was it started back when he rode the U.S. Fist Technological revolution from bag phones to pocket phones. ANY presidents during that time period would have looked good.
Obviously he thought the U.S. was going to expand its economy even MORE by selling to 1.2 billion Chineses. Also his DEM thing kicked in and he thought by forcing China to joining the WTO that life in China for those disadvantage people will get better. Well that DID happen by taking all our U.S. Jobs away that also had a world WIDE negative effect in almost collapsing many other countries economy. Also Clinton can historically be called the Biggest polluter on earth because China building thousands of coal with NO environmental restrictions like we have and KILLIING the Planets environment
Ironically this repeats itself in Obama care where the millions that get all but free Health coverage just about equals the people that LOOSE their health insurance and has to pay MORE for INS.. Yep Dems are really GREAT at basic Math.
#22 Jan 16, 2014
End NAFTA. End all FREE trade deal and create FAIR trade deals. Import tariff of 15% on all products imported to USA from low wage nations. Close 60% of all foreign soil military bases end all wars and police actions bring those troops home use troops to round up all illegals and deport them and the use troop to secure borders. Cut off all funding to other nations every last dime. Make all marijuana sales legal and tax like tobacco. Decriminalize all other drugs and end the DEA.
That right there will create tens of millions of jobs and save USA tax payers Federal budget about 500 billion a year. Half of which goes right o pay down debt other half to rebuild roads and schools and infrastructure.
There one short post solved all our problems.
#23 Jan 16, 2014
More proof of that is its now 50 years since Dems "WAR"on poverty U.S. Spent 10s and 10s of trillions in tax dollars, do you see ONE Dem Ghetto get smaller in this Country !!!
Logic says if Dems after 50 years cant create an economy in their own backyard ( Ghettos) How in the hell can they do it for a WHOLE Country!!!!
The irony here is Bush's war was how long 8 years....
History proves Dems haven't a CLUE what an economy is period
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