FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2011
CONTACT: Genevieve Frye Rozansky
Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Will Help Create Thousands of Jobs and Strengthen Economy
Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today applauded the passage of the United States Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Acts with the countries of Colombia, Panama, and South Korea (H.R. 3078, 3079, and 3080, respectively).
“These agreements will allow the private sector to create thousands of jobs and will strengthen our economy in the long-term,” said Flake. “The only solid path toward long-term, sustainable development in the global market is through free trade.”
Congressman Flake delivered a speech on the House Floor today in support of the free trade agreements. Video of the speech can be found here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Cullen
WASHINGTON (DC) Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Wednesday after the House passed free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea:
“After waiting nearly three years for the President to send them over, the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea have passed out of the House. I voted in favor of the agreements and strongly urge the Senate to follow suit because they will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in America and bring much-needed economic growth to Arizona. The third district, for instance, with its thriving high-tech sector, already has approximately 35,000 jobs directly supported by exports. With these trade agreements nearly finalized, that number will surely climb.
“Although they will not solve all of our economic woes, these agreements help maintain America’s competitiveness. We live and work in a global economy. These agreements ensure that we don’t continue to lose market share to our economic competitors which leads to lower exports and fewer American jobs.”
by Clint Bolick
May 16, 2005 was a great day for fans of free markets and especially wine. For on that day, in Granholm v. Heald, a case I had the honor of arguing, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting the direct interstate sale of wine to consumers.
But six years later, Congress is considering a bill, H.R. 1161, which would overturn that ruling and allow states to restore protectionist trade barriers against wine grown outside their state line. Not only would this bill hurt Arizona’s budding wine industry, it would reduce wine choices to consumers all across America.
As you may recall from high school civics class, one of the principal arguments in creating the U.S. Constitution was its creation of an open national market, putting an end to state trade barriers. The Constitution allows states to enact protectionist barriers only when Congress expressly authorizes such action – as it did in the area of health insurance, which has had disastrous implications for cost, choice, and interstate competition.
H.R. 1161 is being billed in some circles as “states’ rights” – which it is only in the sense of allowing states to engage in the type of destructive, anti-competitive activity that helped lead to the Constitution in the first place.
In fact, the bill is all about protectionism, which explains why its co-sponsors include Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI), two Congressmen who aren’t known for their warmth toward free markets, much less states’ rights. The bill’s principal backer is the multi-billion-dollar liquor wholesaler industry, which makes enormous monopoly profits by controlling wine distribution. The Granholm decision opened the interstate wine markets a bit – to the benefit of winemakers and consumers – but the liquor distributors want to close them again.
America’s economic structure is based in large measure on open trade among the 50 states – to which H.R. 1161 presents a serious threat. While the bill has over 100 sponsors, so far among the Arizona delegation, only Rep. David Schweikert (R) has signed on, and perhaps he will reconsider. This bill would return us to the dark times when a government-sanctioned monopoly industry, rather than consumers, dictated the wines we could enjoy.
Clint Bolick is director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel
Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) today announced his participation in YouTube’s latest town hall. The questions, submitted by a YouTube audience, are answered by Members of Congress in both Houses and of each party. Viewers are encouraged to vote for the response they most agree with. In this town hall, Schweikert discusses the myth of fair trade.