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The Case Of The Murdered Jewess
"We now lay before the reader. A full account of a shocking murder that of miss sarah alexander the beautiful polish jewess. Who was foully murdered in an east new york cornfield. The crime was one of the most shocking that has ever occurred in the metropolis or its vicinity. Cousin of the dead girl to whom she was very much attached was arrested and the discovered fact of her near maternity coupled with the expected arrival of the prisoner's wife from germany furnished. The only clue there was to the horrible deed. Eddie thank you so much for joining me today. Thanks for having their happy to be here. So we're talking about some murder. Pamphlets there were four that were published about the case of pesach. Rubinstein were featuring two of them. These pamphlets were type of pulp literature. They've been around for a long time and were especially popular in the nineteenth century. Tell us more about them. These were mostly eight to sixteen page pamphlets that were often illustrated and described typically in lurid detail well-known murders that took place in the united states. Obviously the time. There's no radio. Tv internet print media is the only thing available and some of them are. I guess you could say enhanced. Sometimes the writers make things up both were pale with lips compressed and is haggard and as they halted and looked at each other their hearts appeared to be like open books every feeling every emotion could be read. She had a knife with which her own life blood was to be. Shed thrust into her bosom and drawing it fourth. She held it toward her companion. He trembled violently. His knees smote together and he was altogether like a man intoxicated. It's obvious these pamphlets were not written by people who knew about jewish beliefs and practices. They contain some false information. They show a lack of knowledge of how jews live and worship. What's an example of this. One of them shows him preying on his hands and knees with his hands clasped before him. So this is obviously how a christian praise and not at all. How a jew praise our artist has graphically sketched him while at prayer and from the illustration a better idea can be gained than any description can give. Now that we've heard about the pamphlets can you give us a detailed overview of the story contained within the particular ones were exploring in eighteen. Seventy five a body was found in a field in east new york. East new yorkers in brooklyn and at the time and eighteen seventy five. It was a far. Now it's not on december fourteen. He found the body of a woman in a cornfield on the ground behind a stack of corn. These stacks were at the lower end of the field near the fence. The farthest off from the plank road. There was a shawl lying by the side of the body. The corpse was about two feet from the base of the corn stack. The body lay on the back and was all cut about the neck win. This went and informed. Mr wessel who in company two other men went and viewed it farmhand had her and he went to the police and told them they came investigated. Took the body away to the morgue. They know who was there had been no reports of anyone missing in brooklyn and so they chose to do so. This person must from manhattan. The police were puzzled. No report had been received of any late disappearance from the neighborhood. Nevertheless the region was scoured. All during tuesday afternoon and evening. The police station was thronged and officers. Say that not less than two thousand persons saw the body no one could identify it and the conclusion was arrived at that. She was a stranger in the village. So what they did was. They put an advertisement in a newspaper which was actually very common at the time claiming that a body had been found and they wrote a description of it now at the same time a woman who worked for a particular family on the lower side had gone missing. Her name was. Sarah alexander at her brother went to the rubinstein family where she worked and he said you know. Have you seen sarah. She didn't come home from work yesterday and they said no she was here until such a time and then she left. We haven't seen her since so her brother. Put an ad in the newspaper looking for missing person and describing her the new york sun december fourteenth eighteen. Seventy five a girl missing since the afternoon of the twelfth age. Seventeen years stout middle height face dark dressed in a light colored dress with the black over skirt striped shawl small gold earrings with red stones. Any information will be received by. J p alexander number thirty essex street coincidentally. The two advertisements appeared on the same page in the same paper and they describe the same person. The father of the rubinstein family happened to get that paper. He saw the advertisements and he went to the police station. Ad said that girl is sarah alexander of number thirty essex street. She was a good religious girl. She did not stay away from home and if she was murdered away out there. Some ruffians must have dragged her away so the police came to the home and began to interview everyone to find out where she had last been seen and while they were entering everyone. One of the sons came in. His name was pace off rubinstein on monday. The sun with great perturbation of manner told them that he had had a dream the previous night. He dreamed that. Sarah alexander was lying murdered alongside of corn stalks ten miles outside of the city. She was murdered by an italian and the knife was close beside her. She wants me to bury her. He said
"mr wessel" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
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"mr wessel" Discussed on KTKR 760AM
"That's right Jerry west is in the building the legend the man the myth the legend the hall of Famer the logo logo don't even say that they look at all embarrassed it is my contention is like to be pampered this is referred him as Mr Wessel well yeah I'm a call to Mr I called the local or Mister right okay I would appreciate yeah he's rotting he's playing in these on the I. R. he's heard he's got bronchitis and showing up for you he is don't make me blush Marshall because you know I went out for you I did spend time after hollowing after trick or treating I made Jerry west chicken soup from scratch organic of course because he has bronchitis need in LA there you have the say organic you by the way well it is an organic in this down but yes I did make Jerry west chicken soup I want to go on record saying I'm the only the only guest house as a guest host of the show that actually cooks and brings so I'm just saying it's pretty it's pretty damn good that's neither here nor there there of course is that I made it but Jerry west is twenty minutes away and I'm very excited to have him on Chris Bockman doesn't return temple where so I'll never make him not sure there's like seven years ago and that's the gift that keeps on giving can we bring you in now to give us a little bit of poll question love please yes the talk and best football game of the week and here we go on college Georgia Florida Vikings chiefs patriots ravens Marshall was the best game of that say to you I am I don't know if the home display but I think regardless that that patriots ravens it's it's it is just classic for me I understand Georgia Florida that's been a that's a huge rivalry huge but but the but where the ravens are at right now and in just the dynamic of their quarterback Lamar Jackson and and what bill Belichick has done with his defense I want to see how deal attacks the young quarterback because when you play against Bella check as a quarterback you don't attack him the attack you thank you you either take its punches and then find a way to beat him or you go down like the rest I I can't wait to see this game yeah that's the way the way right now fifty three percent pass rate with that Senate football on NBC Georgia Florida thirty two percent Vikings chiefs likings man they really surprise me rattling off four straight wins here that's fifteen percent in that poll question today brought to my.
"mr wessel" Discussed on KPCC
"People that cigarette I was like okay I've tried all the little tactics so she tried everything she could but his addiction to nicotine was in decades strong thanks Dan he developed COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a very common disease that many smokers develop and in his case it gave him a very bad cough and they made it difficult to breathe at times we got a surgeon he he sang a line and then they'd stop and then he'd have to pick it up later because you have to catch his breath in between Mr Wessel over time because one he had atrial fibrillation and sometime later he got non Hodgkin's lymphoma and had to have chemotherapy for years I I think that was when he started vaping do you know how we got the idea now we we both I kind of seen advertised that's for it thanks but it was his idea and he I came home whether Sir John started vaping about five years ago do you know which brands mystics right he had a blue and then he went to Joel and the only went to jewel.
"mr wessel" Discussed on KCRW
"But then he developed COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a very common disease that many smokers develop and in his case it gave him a very bad cough and they made it difficult to breathe at times we go to church and he hit single line and then they'd stop and then he'd have to pick it up later because you have to catch his breath in between Mr Wessel all the time because one she had atrial fibrillation and sometime later he got non Hodgkin's lymphoma and had to have chemotherapy for years I I think that was when he started vaping do you know how we got the idea now we we both I kind of seen advertised that's for thanks but it was his idea and he bought one came home whether so John started vaping about five years ago do you know which brand mystics then he had a blue one and then he went to Joel and the only went to jewel of less than a year ago and he had heard about vaping as the cleaner healthier alternative to cigarettes so he became just as enthusiastic I've a vapor as he was a smoker so earlier this year cough cold going around it was a cold winter and everybody had a cold and a cough and John on about it the worst and it probably in some ways was less obvious to us because he had a smoker's cough yeah so he coughed but it was also obvious that this was worse and his daughter does via started nagging at him and saying dad you really need to go to the doctor that's probably why you went though in April yeah so he did and and he was diagnosed with pneumonia doctor Simon said you have the money you're going to the hospital and he was in the hospital for a week and seven eight days into his hospital stay his hands were like ice certainly turn blue it is a you become a blank and his mouth was propped open and he wasn't breathing very often and his last breath I could tell because there was just a slight twitch in his neck he died of acute respiratory failure which the doctor said was a consequence of the COPD so essentially he died of smoking or smoking related lung disease it sounds like yes I his wife said that he always believed that he was going to die of lung cancer so when the doctor said that he had died essentially as a consequence of COPD they have no reason to question the doctors conclusion and as tragic as that is it all kind of lines up with our understanding of what a lifetime of smoking does to a person right but then four months after John died Kathleen was sitting at work one day I was in a meeting and the department of health called she got a phone call from an investigator at the Nebraska department of health and he asked her all kinds of questions he asked about any exposure in the past two like molding word or wood chips to asbestos to pesticides then they asked about symptoms he asked if he had had any kind of vomiting before his death did he lose weight was the coughing and he also asked her about vaping I said I don't know why vaping I mean yes the date but I I don't think they'd be they said he had pneumonia lifelong smoker COPD and the investigator got off the phone with her and and he will be in touch so really what was John's relationship developing Kathleen told me that when he was smoking cigarettes he would smoke a cigarette two or three times an hour and very quickly he was vaping two or three times an hour it was a straight replacement for cigarettes yeah yeah yeah it was habit you know years and years of habit when you get in the vehicle you light up a cigarette so when he get in the vehicle and start to drive he wouldn't they it was a good way to you know to help him get his nicotine fix I knew it wasn't the perfect solution our but again figured it was better right for him and for us did you ever think like could they be dangerous now we know I know when they first market of they said it was a safer alternative we assumed it was healthier for those around him as well and then a few days later Kathleen spoke to the medical investigator again and he told her that it had been confirmed John was Nebraska's first official gaping related deaths.
"mr wessel" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Talked a little bit about it earlier which are the protection contracts and we're dealing with Mexico I also understand Mexico wants to phase in their compliance over a four year period what is your understanding of why are the old protection contracts allowed to continue for up to four years before they are phased in why is that an acceptable well two things one the provisions of Mexico's labor law if fully implemented funded eccentric who require that for any new contract it be voted on by the workers four year phase in regards existing contracts and during the four year period everyone will have to be voted on so they have tried to have an orderly process with seven hundred thousand or how many of the of the of those agreements exist they're trying to be able to accommodate that our view is it needs to be a shorter period of time it needs to be front loaded in terms of making sure the most trade impacted or trade sensitive ones of vis a vis US jobs be voted on as early as possible and what's the short time that you would be looking for I would like to see this bike starting mid next year okay and it is this something that you identifying your earlier that the U. S. you are in the house working group is this something they're working on as well and as I said earlier as well this administration has been more aggressive about engagement more responsive than any I've seen and I've done this for forty years there's still a lot of work this is one of the items on the table and I don't think Democrats are willing to push their chairs away from the table until this issue is addressed as well and how long do you think it will or do you anticipate will take for the Mexican government to build its legal infrastructure to ensure the reforms are fully implemented they have a document there department of labor's put out that has a schedule for implementation we think that needs to be kept they need to be kept strictly to that schedule and again as I said earlier entry into force of the agreement should be delayed until their certification that they are in fact living up to the standards and the commitments they played okay thank you thank you all of you for being here I have two questions I want to ask and then if nobody else shows up we will adjourn senator Chuck Grassley committee chair governor blind to the US international trade commission has highlighted that the agreement will have a number of important economic things including a hundred and seventy six thousand new jobs for our country our reviewer said the benefits will actually be even larger particularly for the U. S. all intercede I'd like to have you since you have a good view one is could you explain how you come to that conclusion on the benefits that that I read about are certainly a sinner and thank you for the question we believe that the changes in your SMCA particularly the changes in the role of origin will drive tremendous investment and with the United States in North America but the United States in particular USTR is done and Alice's that's based on plan submitted by the companies for what they'll need to do the transition plans I found that they'll need to do to comply and if you I read those you have thirty four billion dollars of new automotive investment over a five year period twenty three billion dollars of annual sourcing of US parts and then they conclude over seventy six thousand new jobs we think the jobs number in particular is probably conservative but all of those numbers are eve eve easy to support our three member companies FCA Ford General Motors and deep footprints in the United States of an ounce six billion dollars investment and of all three cited the need to comply with your sim CA rules of origin is a part of the reason they've invested in it I've located that investment in the United States thank you for that answer and I want to ask Mr Wessels just kind of a do you agree or don't you agree three questions do you agree that this is the first time we have had such strong labor and environmental commitments in a free trade agreement yes but they need enforcement provisions and certain standards need to be fixed okay and I have publicly express my willingness to as light ours is doing to try to see what we can reach particularly you get this through the US house of representatives also by any measure the labor and environment commitments in the agreement exceed those of any other free trade agreement would you agree on that I would say on labor they are a step forward which labor's indicated on environments are actually a number of them the ETS that are not subject to commitments so on the environment is actually a step backwards in many areas okay and then the US MCA labor commitments have heavily encouragement because Mexico to pass and then commit to expeditiously implement historic labor reforms you agree and I think maybe I heard to a previous question you respond to this sort of that's a repetitive question still answer who we are a very appreciative of the steps that Mexico has taken to implement the constitutional changes the past two years ago I believe it was they still need work and we are in fact deeply engaged organized labor is to try and make sure they are able to implement all of those on the ground as I should do for the hard work that all six of you input into this is the thank you for your time commitment and being here from your busy schedules to answer questions your input is been extremely valuable I think that I want to see this agreement get through even if some changes have to be made to satisfy together through the house of representatives or because we have a chance to bring more jobs and opportunity to American farmers workers businesses and even benefit our consumers so for the benefit of staff for sale here but I think it's pretty normal we will have until close of business August the thirteenth for questions to be submitted in writing and if you folks get such questions I hope you will a response thank you all very much meeting adjourned senator Chuck Grassley chairs the finance committee hearing today six witnesses included former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack now with the U. S. dairy export council former governor of Missouri Matt blunt now the head of the American automotive policy council Paul Burnett is a jewelry designer from Oregon James Collins with chord Kevin Agra science behalf of agriculture businesses at Derek weather's with Warner enterprises for the American trucking associations and Michael Wessel labor advisory committee for trade negotiations and trade policy staff chair you heard senator Grassley mention the house of representatives today's has hit a press reporting congressional Democrats appear to be moving from No Way to maybe on the re write of the trade pact with Canada and Mexico house Democrats admit four times with US trade representative Robert light Heiser most recently on Friday both sides say they're making progress towards a deal to clear the way for Congress to approve the U. S. M. C. 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"mr wessel" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Of questions to ask but I'm gonna turn it on the outside because my great friends remembering what was governor presidential candidate when secretary and now of course in his current role and Tom what I'm really concerned about is if this continues with a terrified of the terroristic Germantown Asian more space with agriculture I want to just look at that school we're in a mitigation payments expected that farmers don't want a they want trade you know that and you've got a great proponent of that you know what we did it eighteen and nineteen and what the demand situation that we see out there and a continuation of no real breakthroughs see if we can possibly get that much out of it that's an up hill battle and that hi I'm just very worried other than a fax of mother nature on world demand for product where we are in two thousand twenty two thousand twenty one two thousand twenty two if this keeps up we're gonna lose a lot of folks in agriculture sector and once that happens it's very hard when you lose a market is hard to get it back when you lose a farming operation it says very self image should get at least the same family maybe somebody else will jump in and take the plunge where are we heading what do you say if we do not get a for a better situation with trade down the road for agriculture and I'm cannot talk about looking over the hill I'm not talking about right now US senator thank you for the question as I said earlier last year we lost seven dairy farms today in large part because of of market conditions and circumstances impacting in being impacted by trade I think the future for American agriculture long term can potentially be quite bright because there are rising middle class is increased populations and there's an opportunity obviously to feed an ever increasing world population that's urbanizing that place the strengths of American agriculture having said that yeah I think it's going to be incredibly important for us to have trade agreements to provide a level playing field for our farmers and for American agriculture and food industry let me give you an example in Japan by pulling out of TPP we essentially invited the European Union to come in complete their free trade agreement here's what's at risk if we don't get a fair level playing field in Japan with our European friends energy on friends we could lose a third of our market share and our number for market as opposed to the possibility of increasing the volume by twice twice the volume and triple the value of their sales in Japan if we have just have a level playing field so that isn't it I think an example of the opportunity that exists but it does require us to be more competitive it does require us to have a level playing field and that requires a trade agreements that that level the playing field Tom Vilsack arts I think with US MCA because that's where are our number one market is and Mexico preserving that market and expanding opportunity in Canada I appreciate your comment all right what I want to thank all the witnesses for emphasizing the value of arms which by the way is U. S. M. C. A. which is to stand for the United States Marine Corps always and a fair trade deal to Tom thank you and thank you again to all the witnesses we're gonna do the best we can on this committee and we've been working hard to chairman had short brown as all others have in a bipartisan way thank you so much Sir broom thank you thanks for comments and Roberts I want to focus on the need for perhaps not surprising to some of you on the need for enhanced enforcement for all call anti outsourcing provisions the labor environmental standards in our trade agreements we know that corporations offshore jobs to low wage countries like Mexico because it helps their bottom line in twenty fourteen good year an iconic American company headquartered in Akron Ohio announced they were going to make a five hundred million dollar investment in a new manufacturing facility in the Americas I wrote the CEO ordering him to consider building that plant in Ohio with our highly skilled generational workforce they Stroh's instead to build the plant in St Louis put toasty it opened in two thousand seventeen representative Blumenauer the ways and means committee I believe the subcommittee chair and trade let echo delta house Democrats to Mexico earlier this month they ask in advance if they could tour the facility good your said no they showed up at the facility and ask if they could enter good year said now we know why the company doesn't want members of Congress to tour the facility workers there make less than six dollars an hour many much lower than that far lower than the twenty three dollars an hour their American counterparts make your subject to a protection contract meaning a collective bargaining agreement written Mexican style of their past governments P. R. I. governments and others by the employer for the employer between six hundred neck eight hundred workers went on strike within a year the plant opening to protest the low wage and working conditions the company turned around and fired dozens of these workers good your built that factory in Mexico instead of background because of the low wages because they wouldn't have to live up to U. S. labor standards they did it to make more money for executives at the expense of American jobs our trade agreements again let them get away with it this new nafta is no different our first goal must be still must be to stop American jobs from going to Mexico if this administration though doesn't make improvements so that the anti outsourcing provisions are actually enforceable than more factories will be built in Mexico instead of Ohio senators can't well and carton and Mr Wessel all mentioned the brown white men men and what that means why Democrats are for what we're fighting for here one or trade agreements to stop the race to the bottom not exacerbate xcelerated ranking member white and I offered a proposal to allow the US government to inspect factories in Mexico and then blocked goods from those factories into the United States not just denial of nafta benefits but blocking goods from from those plants into the United States if violations were found to allow us to enforce our labor standards at that good your plant at the factory level where the violations occur my questions are for you Mr Wessel in I know I know you're on the board I know you have a responsibility to good year I ask you to answer these as the labor representative on this panel and since I don't have a lot of time left I asked you give yes or no answers first you agree that companies like good year build new factories in Mexico and not in the U. S. because they can pay the Mexican workers lower wages do you believe US company would deny members of Congress access to their Mexican facilities because they wouldn't want elected officials to see their labor violations of that facility yes do you agree that without the changes Democrats are asking for the new nafta will let companies continue to make offshoring decisions like that with impunity yes I agree that the facility level inspections and enforcement the core of brown white in which I described earlier are necessary to make sure nafta's outsourcing provisions actually mean something I would say it's vital yes thank you I am asking animus consent to insert two things on the record first Mister chairman the letter I wrote to the CEO of good year where the letters freighter somewhere then CEO of good year to Richard Kramer in two thousand fourteen urging the company to build new factory in Ohio second is a letter sent to the same CO Mister Kramer yesterday by house Democrats asking the company to respond to worker reports of labor violation at the facility that those members of Congress were denied access to without objection they'll be included so center court has this is a re air she's been radio programming from Tuesday thank you thank you Mister chair I and committed I think and I said this in the past to work collaboratively the latter two lead to get a positive outcome here I think we all do at night and there's some good things with and the proposal that I've seen but we also know that more work needs to be done I do want to reaffirm my hope that the administration will continue to work with on the Democrats to corporate the brown white labor enforcement proposal to make the agreement as good as possible for American workers and to ensure bipartisan support I also want people to know that in a bad we do have industries so there's some good proposals and opportunities there so thank you for the for the hard work Mister Russell let me ask you in.
"mr wessel" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"My lord the robbers so complex for me the reason I like I'm gonna make it simple the reason I like USMC better than after is that it does modernize an agreement is twenty five years old one and so things like the digital economy ms Burnette talked at that today I mean we have to upgrade it and and that's done and I think that's gonna be very helpful we talked earlier but the ministration wouldn't talk to the fact that Mexican can of those who read a razor to minimize threshold not as much as I'd like that again alternative is an aftermath well I guess you could say nothing I think you'll turn it was nafta because I think that's what you know we're stuck with I don't think there's any way for the president to actually pull out of nafta the end of the day because it's a law and all this would be a case of first impression that's the most of the lawyers tell me as a former US trade representative I also like the fact that we now have some standards that we can turn to for labor and environment and we have these over more modern agreements but not in the nafta which is twenty five years old we can talk about enforcement but folks the the choice is not about enforcement or not it's about would even have the standard at all it's enforceable and in after we don't and use him to we do the market access for farmers in Ohio is very important to me and that's why our ag community is strongly supportive of it not reaching you being here a sector those second talk about that in terms of the labor standards they're not only better and enforceable but we have things in disagreement that we've never had any agreement as Mr Wessel nose and it you know so so my Democrat colleagues who have talked for years about some of these issues including talking me when I was your C. R. it it surprises me that that they aren't finally saying that they can accept victory because this is what they've been asking for here's an example we'll start with the number of jobs created this is the I. T. C. were studied as an independent entity is you know and they do their analysis hundred seventy six thousand new jobs enforceable it listed labor standards are there NASA no are they in use in CA yes same with environmental standards rules with American who talked about yes no seventy percent of the steel of vehicles made including in Mexico have to be made with steel from North America that's a big deal and that's a model because we talked about it all day that's in US MCA it's certainly not an after forty to forty five percent of vehicles must be made by workers making at least sixteen dollars an hour now frankly it's surprising to me that a Republican administration would negotiate that but they did and for Democrats have a look at and say that's not good enough give me a break I mean this is exactly what many might ever tried calling seven calling for for years and that's in this agreement is it in after no courses not in nafta so these are just examples some of the differences and I think it works active about it as you all have been today and point out what the differences are I think it's a pretty easy decision for Republican or Democrat that really cares about the standards noticed Wessel you talk today about how you'd like to see more certainty on the enforcement side and I get that but we appreciate your on the good you're bored while good how company and official review done over the years the steel workers and others and we've made some progress but you're looking for a way to ensure that we can a better standard so I would just say that of course we want them to fully and effectively implement these agreements I would also say if we want Mexico to do all that if you want them to express the hiring of thousands of judges and labor rights professionals appropriate the funds necessary to implement the reforms take labor just as seriously we need to make good on our end of the bargain otherwise know that happens yeah I don't think in other words you know Mexico Dr these reforms legally they they change their laws or statutes because of disagreement and because of our willingness to say that we would make good on our promise and support you associate you make a good point about Mexico's for your transition period for its labor reforms I too want them to fully implement the law because like you I know it's going to help create a level playing field for our workers but we also got to consider what governs the rules of U. S. Mexico trade during that period that leads me to my question during the four year transition pretty from actually reforms is it better for American workers to compete under nafta's rules that lack labor enforcement for under US MCA rules which operating after to make the provisions enforceable and make the rules of origin stronger thank you for your question and thank you also for your work level playing field and other issues where labor's worked with you in your office so appreciate out let me respond if I can not only to that question but the chart as well because we are still working to improve some of those standards or was it relates to the seventy percent of the product the steel and aluminum it still would allow for Chinese carbon steel to be imported into Mexico for example transformed into body panels and qualify as originating similar for aluminum we are seeking to fix I have not been engaged in discussions with the administration on that your last point about the making a earning at least sixteen dollars an hour it's actually an average provisions so you could have two people making twenty eight which is often the base salary three people on then you'd have a number who could make twelve and it would all be average stand so behind each one of the provisions you've outlined there there's still a lot of work that needs to be done and we're working on that we're looking at trying to have a high value target approach working with the administration to make sure that in certain traded sectors let's take autos and auto parts which contribute so much to the bilateral deficit where we've seen so much job loss that those that action in those workplaces be your priority first understanding it is going to take Mexico quite some time to be able to implement all of its commitments we think there's can be a fait is front loaded approach to make sure that we get the high value targets that matter U. S. workers the most first and implement over time all the all the remaining provisions well Mister so I hope that you will be able to work through some of those issues and get clarification you need but also not make the perfect the enemy of the good we can we are hard at Aston proven for for you and your interests and it which the to me a a a a crime if we were to end up not being able to get this agreement done and then go into next year election year with all the uncertainty that that would entail and I you know again all of us would have slight differences in how we would approach is no question about it but disagreement is a big improvement over the status quo and I hope we can all agree on that thank you for our nation apartment this is a tough choices we can terms of awarding the former senator Kent Conrad shark man award between you and send her to me about it if you wanna hands down I'll talk to you later about how you receive that sent her senator Pat Roberts yielding to senator Tom Carper Senate finance committee today thank you John senator bill Zack when I first met you I think it was said new governor school hosted at the hotel du Pont and Wilmington Delaware and previously you'd been what is it was a state senator and I would just say the other panels for I guess my colleagues I was so impressed with you as a new elected governor not just with like your smart obviously worked hard at a great way but I was impressed by your humility and I I say that won the hallmarks of great leaders is passionately and I applaud you for one four he did as governor and then to be secretary back I think from to revenge entire eight years the Obama administration and it's great to see her today in this in this whole so welcome I have a question for three or four of our witnesses and is being questioned for for Jim Collins for Mister Russell Michael and for for you Tom ten question is a non issue that I raise it our last trade here I think was about a month or two ago in June and driving in the force of the new nafta through state to state dispute settlement systems and that state to state dispute disarm the system in the noon after continues to allow for channel blocking and that the main reason a dispute settlement panel has been established since the early two thousands as I recall specific partnership TPP made changes to six panel blocking of these improvements were not included in the new nafta another number the provisions from TPP worn clothes have been included this is one that has not been included on the statement of administrative action the administration sent to Congress it appears the White House plans to use section three oh one cares to unilaterally enforce the new nafta when a dispute occurs I am concerned using section three or one of the terrorists as unilateral fortune mechanism would very likely invite retaliation from Canada and Mexico as we've seen over the last five years you're a half or so American farmers are often times the first targets for retaliation so there's a questions if I could refer him to the secretary and for for you Mister west we heard from just about all the witnesses today on the importance of business certainty I hear that every day is part of my DNA as well however the administration section through one Kerr of sunshine in Chinese retaliatory cares in fact the business certainty in the industries that you represent Mr thank you senator in you know in production agriculture we have a deep history of of cooperation with Canada and Mexico some of the statistics I shared earlier of exports being up three hundred and fifty percent since the adoption of nafta so these we're talking about covered by US MCA we already have a very proficient good good traditional relationship however we do need to have some mechanisms in place to resolve disputes there's there's no doubt about that and it's our view that no one country should have the ability to to block the enforcement the panel process that that you mentioned you know I'm not a trade expert especially around the specific mechanisms that can be utilized for those enforcements all I'll leave that to the administration and to and and and to Congress what what we would hope for in in that dialogue and discussion would be up a system that is the.
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"And I would not I would like to not have to worry about my items crossing the border and one of my items to get to my customers as fast as possible because they expect that and some of my items are lower priced and some of them are quite higher praise and I would it would be valuable to me here too how my customers I have to pay so much extra taxes and in terms of the US the minimus since they do and for a lot of my stones I would like to not have to worry about having to pay extra taxes because it does cut into my bottom line sole proprietor every dollar counts and certainty is important because they just I am as I just make sure you don't want to worry about and certain provisions in laws good and you should know that on this committee there is strong support support for the kind of certainty you're talking about and you have really laid the case out very well once I want to turn on to you on this whole question of the labor you know issue an enforcement and I'm not sure everybody knows that you and I've been talking about these issues for years and years and I thought Preciado you're good work it seems to me the administration has made progress on improving the labor obligations in the new agreement but that isn't worth much unless you have tough real enforcement and senator brown and I have been working on a new framework in this area so there be sufficient resources technical assistance to cooperate with Mexico on their new labor law and also to provide aid backs stop to protect American workers from being disadvantaged by unscrupulous factories in Mexico what would it mean Mr Woelfel somebody's studied this for years what would it mean for US workers yeah we were able to finally get full compliance by Mexico of their labor obligations it really is the single most critical issue in the question of the balance between our two countries the outsourcing of jobs the relocation of a lot of our supply chains to Mexico because of the artificially low wages in that country primarily stimulated by low current labor standards and no one forced me as you know there roughly seven hundred thousand protection contracts currently in place in Mexico the vast majority of which workers have no idea whether they exist or what their terms are so making sure that workers are paid a decent wage in return for their hard work their creativity those skills is the fundamental component of what we're looking for long term without strong enforcement we're going to continue to have the same process and results we have today let me follow that up and in effect try to take this in for stability issue beyond what senator brown and I have been working away on for months now and we've been working with the speaker and house members and the like I gather you have some additional ideas for in forcing trade law and particularly nafta two point oh yes an additional recommendations that they like to make it will first let me say that enforcement which is a vital often means that there's been injury and sun and someone has been hurt in the labor context so our goal is to have the infrastructure in place to make sure that workers know what their rights are are able to freely associate and enjoy the ride so they have and that's a fundamental component of what you and senator brown have talked about in terms of the infrastructure and clearly we need to make sure that the state to state dispute resolution is binding we need to make sure that at the front end of this process that we don't see what we saw in the Columbia situation where we had agree in agreement that called for certain actions but those actions were not in fact adopted prior to certification so better certification process than we've had in the past we also need the infrastructure due to provide greater access to the enforcement process all of the labor rights cases have been brought by organized labor it is a very difficult process to enter and time consuming we need to shorten that process we need to make sure that it is time millions are great thank you very much and I wanna thank all of our witnesses we look forward very much to working with all of you I was Michael Wessel testifying he is a staff chair labor advisory committee for trade negotiations and trade policy thank you Mister chairman I want to thank our witnesses as well Sherman I want to focus on some of the concerns that I have about this agreement senator Pat Toomey by pointing out to a a really important fact that we ought to keep in mind if and when we get to a vote on US MCA in the United States Senate the choice will be making is not between U. S. M. C. A. and nothing the choice will be making is between the US MCA and the existing nafta agreement and I say that because the president clearly does not have the constitutional or legal authority to unilaterally withdraw from nothing and with nafta is in place to place by statute we should all be very clear about that it's it's not going away the president doesn't have the authority to do that so the question before us should be as US MCA a better agreement than nafta or is it not now most of the witnesses here today in a prepared testimony have cited as one of the biggest benefits of the U. S. Sam MCA a reduction in trade policy uncertainty governor one you said the US MCA will and I quote help bring much needed predictability for the auto industry bill thank you noted the US MCA will benefit the dairy industry in part by quote restoring certainty to US Mexico trade relations Mister Collins you correctly identified that the positive affects a USMC A. found by the international trade commission com and I quote primarily from the crew certainty created by US MCA and quote because markets bore uncertainty that's also quote so the question is where does all the uncertainty come from doesn't come from nafta now is a well defined agreement we've had for couple of decades establishes zero tariffs on a hundred percent of non agricultural goods zero tariffs on ninety seven and a half percent of agricultural goods there's no uncertainty intrinsic and then after the only uncertainty is whether people think we might be unilaterally withdrawing from it and the president has no authority to do that I think the question we ought to be asking ourselves about USMC a is that the policy changes in U. S. M. C. A. did they actually promote growth relative to nafta my colleagues sometimes point to a study from the I. T. C. that shows some very modest gains to economic growth from US MCA it does but tellingly the I. T. C. found that reducing quote policy uncertainty accounts for nearly all the gains of the agreement and if you back out the little tiny boost the GDP of this reduced uncertainty then the I. T. C. actually found a U. S. M. C. A. would reduce real GDP by a very small amount but it's not a game about twelve one hundred seven percent about twenty three billion dollars over six years and that's despite the fact that the I. T. C.'s analysis did not attempt to quantify did not factor in at all two of the provisions of the US MCA that are virtually guaranteed to increase uncertainty and to diminish investment and reduce straight and act as a drag on growth one is the sixteen year automatic expiration date sunset provision the IDC explicitly does not to try to quantify the effect of that and the other is dramatic gutting of protections for American investors in Mexico and Canada how could either of those things provide more certainty they they clearly don't the sunset provision it this agreement goes away in sixteen years unless everyone of the parties to the agreement agrees to extend it we have no certainty that that's going to happen the investor state dispute settlement mechanism this is a provision that's in every single free trade agreement we have except for Australia and it says that if Mexican or Canadian courts treat our investors unfairly they can see group recourse including monetary damages well folks this happens and it happens in Canada as well as in Mexico there's a case of a Canadian local government trying to shut down a U. S. application to open up a salt mine by claiming that the mind violated the quote core community values of the neighboring town for community values was obviously an invention that was meant to discriminate American investors so the American investor challenge that in the I SPS and one that's what it's there for is to prevent discrimination against American investors and it works but now we're going to under US MCA completely eliminate the investor state dispute settlement mechanism for Canada and virtually eliminated in Mexico now there are some provisions in the US MCA that I think are constructive modernisations a digital trade chapters good enhanced IP protections is good policy it's a very modest reciprocal reductions in AG barriers but it's worth noting that these were all in TPP this could have been achieved without this Mister chairman I see I'm running out of time but I just want to say that if we adopt this agreement it will be the first time that I know of in the history of the Republic that we will agree to a new trade agreement that is designed to diminish trade the combination of the uncertainty in these provisions and the onerous new costs imposed on Mexican automakers is designed to reduce trade in autos and diminish total trade I don't think that's what we ought to be doing here so I would urge my colleagues to think hard before we endorse USMC senator Pat Toomey Sir Kay what could Mister chairman could this could you keep the sign up for one minute can you put the I I so appreciate the many aspects of your remarks not all of them but I think the staff of got it right with just that one little mathematical sign there of nafta is greater than US MCA and I think that we have to remember as secretary Vilsack said the great economic impact that now did did have in some aspects of our economy I'm not saying in every aspect but certainly in the state of Washington we import export billion dollars worth of goods to Mexico a probably accounts for a hundred and seven thousand jobs in the state of Washington and I certainly agree with my colleague that when we're talking about these things we should talk to be talking about expanding the economic opportunity I agree it's a modernization in some areas that were previously included but I want to also say eyes so support the chairman's great activities in getting the administration to relent on two thirty two terrorists as it relates to Mexico in can't we wouldn't I I'm feeling when you me having this hearing today if that first hadn't been accomplished so greatly appreciate that by the chairman and I greatly appreciate by the ranking member his focus with senator brown on these enforcement mechanisms this too is a critical aspect I authored some capacity building as part of the customs bill to try to get US two yard have the capacity to follow up on disputes and enforce trade agreements I just believe there's a big market outside the United States but we have to have the tools and the teams to make sure that these agreements are lived up to and so I wanted to ask you Mr Wessel earlier this year Mexico entered into new labor laws insuring Mexican workers the right to organize and bargain collectively and now they have to they're independent labor courts in as you were mentioned Columbia and the challenges that we faced in in getting the right infrastructure there to make these decisions so now they have to implement these reforms so what do we need to do to build capacity in this area and don't we need to put in place enforcement tools to build capacity to protect and enforce labor rights thank you for your question and also the market opportunities you're talking about are enhanced by having workers be able to enjoy the right so that they are good consumers of our products so having labor rights in Mexico will enhance opportunities for our exporters of all products what you're talking about is a critical issue and thank you for your leadership several years ago on the trust fund because it helped helped to establish the funding mechanisms we need for this Mexico has a number of things it needs to do on its own and they have sent out a work plan to do some of that in our opinion it is far too lengthy it's a four year process it is uncertain not only because of the constitutional challenges that have been launched more than four hundred of them so far but Mexico's failed to either to find their budget or appropriate the money that will come later this year so helping on capacity building the U. S. helping on capacity building in Mexico is vital to help those workers who have not had rights are understood their rights for so long to have much as we do with trade facilitation capacity building the support they need it means having people at our embassy who are able to go out to the field and help support them and understand what their rights are it means having capacity here to support the unions and the free labor movements that we need as well as to have access to the process to make sure that we don't have to go to.
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"Companies right to use common food names helping to avoid further abuse of geographical indications that will cost and could cost the US dairy industry potentially billions of dollars of lost revenue the ratification of the US MCA matters to all of the food and agriculture industry as it will build momentum for progress hopefully in other trade discussions especially in Japan and possibly China ratification of the US MCA and food intacs food and agriculture industry and really matters to the entire country why do I say that well according to dun and associates the US food and agriculture industry represents directly or indirectly forty three million employed Americans which is twenty eight percent of our entire employment workforce and impacts directly twenty percent of American economy so whatever helps US food agriculture industry helps the country chairman I appreciate the opportunity to be here today I look forward to responding to questions in assisting this committee and it's important work work that is vital to the future of American agriculture food industry as well as to the country this is a repair she spread radio programming from Tuesday WCS reinforced nor from following publications you've been doing this for quite a few months and we thank you for your leadership in that area Mr Wessel Mister chairman ranking member widen members of the committee it's an honor to appear before you today my name is Michael Wessel and I am here on behalf of organized labor as the staff chair of the labor advisory committee for trade negotiations and trade policy organized labor wants nafta fixed we've worked in a constructive good faith effort to find solutions not just lodge complaints we remain optimistic about the ability to resolve the issues but we will not hesitate to an opposing agreement that fails to improve nafta and the current trade template and meaningful and effective ways by adopting the many recommendations we have made much work remains the current US MCA is not good enough the negative impact of the existing nafta cannot be overstated it is having corrosive impact on production employment and wages to the ought in the U. S. manufacturing publican service sector workers have all been hurt steel workers in cat carrier in Indiana have seen their jobs go to Mexico or bakery workers at Nabisco in Philadelphia and Chicago so their jobs shipped to Mexico where workers are now paid as little as ninety seven cents an hour auto workers in laws Lordstown Ohio were seen their jobs relocated to Mexico aerospace workers throughout the country has seen tens of thousands of jobs move to Mexico like workers at UTC in Chula Vista and that's just the tip of the iceberg it's time to reverse that trend our engagement and our continued engagement result results not only from the depths of our concerns but is also a tribute to ambassador light Heiser and his team let me make a number of quick points but I don't want to minimize the importance of issues I do not raise we're moving the goal posts but we won't accept changes charges that if we didn't raise an issue it every conversation that issue manat must not be of concern there's a long list first is the critical need for improvement to the enforcement provisions which are essentially absent from the current agreement panel blocking would disable the ability to resolve critical issues and must be fixed in addition we support approaches such as the brown widen framework as a necessary provision in the agreement but enforcement is only as good as the standards and laws that are subject to enforcement we have repeatedly made suggestions for improving the labor standards including and included in the labor chapter much work remains while the labor annex provided a new framework for Mexico the interpretation of some of the language is still in question and we have not seen how Mexico will implement and monitor its new laws and provide funding specific text adversely limit certain critical rights and must be fixed Mexico's labor reforms are being challenged including by the import employer friendly labor federation at last count there were more than four hundred appeals against Mexico's labor reform there's no infrastructure support on the ground activities to allow workers to achieve their internationally recognized workers rights there needs to be accelerated in front loaded implementation rather than waiting for the four year clock to toll and we need to ensure that the process here for bringing complaints is dramatically improved we need to address the access to medicines issues virtually every labor contract here in the U. S. deals with healthcare costs as a core issue with cost increases fuel by huge prescription drug price increases workers to protect their families health are having to forego wage increases and fueling drug price increases in Mexico and Canada VS via USMC is provisions this not only on trust it will have a direct impact on our ability to sell products there the rules of origins need to be strengthened and clarified and the loophole that allows foreign steel and aluminum to be Canada's domestic originating materials must be closed organized labor is committed to working to improve upon the existing agreement labor leaders have publicly supported the negotiations and as it relates to the labor text indicated that in a improves upon the existing framework of laws but must be strengthened and coupled with accessible and timely implementing monitoring and enforcement provisions but even if we achieve all our goals we will not oversell the final product to our members they've lived with the devastating impact of existing trade policies they're rightly skeptical and their leaders will not mislead them we need meaningful and effective changes based on the recommendations we have made and that will meaning fluke meaningfully addressed the outsourcing that continues across industries we've waited for the flaws and after to be addressed in the substance of those changes and our experience will drive our decision not partisan politics we look forward to working with the committee in Congress in the coming days thank you thank you Mister Wessels now will have five minute round of questioning I'm WordStar was Mister Collins so senator Chuck Grassley chairs the finance committee for the first time dealt separately a biotechnology to support Americans innovations in agriculture and continued cooperation with Canada Mexico it improves transparency and functioning of approval process for biotech crops and provides for cooperative cooperation and information exchange of on agricultural biotechnology trade matters including gene editing soul as CEO C. over major Edgar science company completely dedicated to agriculture how will these biotechnology provisions of the agreement benefit court temas ability to innovate and bring benefits store farmers and consumers thank you chairman for the for the question you're exactly right the US MCA creates a process for US Mexico and Canadian regulators to more aptly share information back and forth across themselves and to better collaborate on the regulation of biotech crops including the new breeding techniques that that you mention this process has the potential to alleviate trade barriers that can sometimes result from different processes in different procedures that a ball in different kind come from countries including the time frames that that are associated with the approval of biotech products so a more coordinated regulatory framework by which we can approach these markets in lockstep as opposed to sequentially is really help so it's a very big it's a benefit for the US for the innovation that we drive here in the U. S. but also for all farmers in in in North America and we think these provisions will provide an important precedent for future trade discussions with other partners as well secretary Vilsack the new agreement will expand market access for US Jerry products in Canada in laminate that countries on for milk pricing program that is allowed urged undercut American competitors in Canada and third world third country markets additionally Mexico agreed to restrict market access for US cheeses labeled with certain common names how will American dairy farmers benefit and take advantage of the new market access as a result of U. S. M. C. A. I and I guess I'm also interested in whether or not it will expand market share in Canada Mister chairman in two thousand seventeen America suffered a loss of of seven dairy farms a day times were tough out in rural America this agreement would provide an opportunity for dairy farms to stay in business why because it would expand access to Canadian market that for far too long it's been closed it will in fact increase our market share opportunities in cheese whey water and other dairy brand skim milk powder in repealing class six and seven it gives us an opportunity to have a power market a global power market that actually provides an appropriate pricing of the Canadian pricing system basically undercut the world price which created some havoc in the in the power market globally impacting negatively our producers as well as those around the world the implementation of this provision will be important it will have to keep an eye on making sure that this is not a replacement that has the same effect as classics in class seven but we're hopeful there also export controls there are potential penalties that can that Canadian exporters will have to pay if they if they export more than the limits set forth in the agreement so this is an increase in market share it's an increase opportunity for K. for US Derry to do business in Canada and it also as I said earlier preserves our number one market which is Mexico Mr levels will be my last question you referenced in a Bloomberg peace in your testimony about how a single capacity I had to cross the border numerous times before was finally in the final product is a is a pain Sir clear picture that in twenty five years since and then nafta was enacted technological advances have redefined the trade environment could you shed a little more light on how technology's revolutionize our trade practices last twenty five years and why it's imperative that we modernize our north American trade agreement yes thank you for the question Sherman so is way back when I was on the ground in Mexico City before nafta was enacted the first time living and working in running a Mexican trucking company at that time and so over these twenty five years when we think about US MCA and I think about the opportunity in front of us it literally contemplates and for the first time addresses issues that simply didn't exist back then we didn't have internet to speak up and there was no way he commerce there was no wouldn't digitalization of our customs processes the average cost trucking reporter time was twenty four hours if we were lucky and today we wake up in a world twenty five years later we're we're doing you know advance customs clearing clearance of goods were digitally interacting with our with our shippers and our receivers are we're working with a unified customs process with both Mexican and US officials collaborating at the border anymore Salim seamless and efficient crossing process having US MCA enacted and ratified by to help address in from from our perspective the importance of all of this digital ecommerce digital information and the ability for these records and and their security to be better recognized entry and and have better treatment in the agreement is of critical importance the future is only going to continue to go that direction and and I and our business is increasingly one that is is moving more digitally by the day Sir white thank you chairman of ms Barnett I I think your story is incredibly inspiring how you with a single mom had been able to come up with this attractive exciting new business where in effect you're able to look to global markets is resolved and digital innovation and I just have a quick question for you U. S. G. minimus rates are in American law because John soon Republican senator sitting over there and I wrote it in this committee is not going to go along with uncertainty in U. S. law and nasty why don't you tell us what the value of across the board certainty would mean for you and your death Senate finance committee earlier today I'm thanks senator waiting for that question so I explore my goods as well import supplies.
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"Mexico reform indoor market economy it enabled American businesses workers farmers and ranchers to sell our goods and services in Mexico and Canada without terrorists and without many non terror is that for decades had burden our ability to compete in those two countries of course the US economy in the global trade have changed dramatically since nineteen ninety three and twenty five years of experience with nafta have provided valuable lessons the time for modernizing after and has come and that's what USMC is all about it sets a new standard for trade agreements for example once enacted the agreement will make it will be the first US free trade agreement with robust chapters dedicated to judge digital trade anti corruption good regulatory practices and small and medium size enterprises US MCA will set a new benchmark in many other areas as well such as free transfer of data across borders strong rules on state owned enterprises north American content requirements for preferential treatment food safety and biotechnology standards customs and trade facilitation intellectual property rights protection and enforcement labor and environment USMC a labor chapters squarely addresses workers rights in Mexico and it already has resulted in the overhaul of Max Mexico's labor laws the labor and environmental standards in the agreement are the most rigorous in any U. S. trade deal and I'm like with nafta they're in the core of the agreement and are fully enforceable USMC A. also squarely addresses long standing US concerns in the Canadian market such as Canadian policies on week Grady retail sale of wine dairy supply management and the distribution of U. S. television program these are substantial improvements from after they represent benefits and new opportunities for islands and for Americans across the board according to the international trade commission the agreement will increase real GDP by sixty eight billion dollars and a hundred and seventy six thousand new American jobs now that's not to say that every U. S. M. C. a provision is perfect a degree must always need to balance the preferences of different industries regions elected leaders and stakeholders some of my democratic colleagues in the house house representatives of center their attention on U. S. M. C. A. outcomes that they view imperfect surely nobody could consider nafta to be better than US MCA and nobody let me emphasize nobody should dismiss the importance of a half trillion dollar market for US agriculture products I came away from a meeting that I had was speaker Pelosi that was very positive as I herder words in and express our gratitude ward's US MCA people wanna portion Porsche but I think we must be patient as she works through this and I am confident she wants to get to yes I have supported the the size I have also supported the ongoing work of the the speakers members with ambassador light how user to clarify outstanding concerns and identify bipartisan solutions I have an open mind to workable ideas and stand ready to consider possible improvements in the agreement for example I support strong enforcement of all of the chapters through a system that works reliably and has credibility with our trading partners I'm also pleased that important U. S. M. C. A. provisions on prescription drugs will not require any changes to U. S. law and I would be open to proposals that would confirm that point at the same time every day that passes is another day that benefits good U. S. M. C. A. go on realize trying to re open the whole agreement could respond raveling the deal altogether which would benefit nobody I therefore urge the house of representatives and ambassador white Heiser to focus on their specific concerns and to propose solutions in short order so that we can pass you SMCA doing soul will provide much needed certainly to American workers businesses farmers ranchers families and will Hanson credibility of our ambitious global trade center white thank you very much on the center Ron Wyden is the ranking Democrat on the finance committee Chuck Grassley Republican is the chair at the outset that I look forward very much to working closely with you on all of these issues calling for the finance committee meets this morning to discuss what needs to happen for now the two point oh to deliver better results for American workers are farmers are reinsurers and particularly American families from sea to shining sea I do wanna begin my remarks by giving a big Oregon shout out to one of our witnesses ms Paul Burnett not only because she is an Oregonian but as an entrepreneur ms Barnett is a perfect example of why the original nafta needs a bold upgrade Barnett is an artisan from Brownsville Oregon in in that area often for town hall meetings and Linn county the population is about eighteen hundred people and rounds he found the jewelry business that produces in Oregon and sells online primarily on Etsy to customers in the United States and around the world she also sources some of what goes into her jewelry from abroad getting that kind of business off the ground would have been a lot harder just a few short decades ago when nafta was created according to FC the total economic output of the sellers based in Oregon is more than a hundred and twenty five million dollars and that is just one of the many online platforms that businesses use to grow Oregon's many success stories also include rough where babies in bend a producer of gear for very good dogs all over the United States and other countries updating nafta means addressing the challenges facing these businesses that operate on line it also means confronting the other areas were older trade agreements continue to this day to fall short fighting to protect labor rights and the interests of working families preventing a race to the bottom when it comes to the environment making sure there is vigorous enforcement of our trade agreements so that other countries cannot treat those deals it's empty documents that give them time and opportunities to rip off American jobs and I want to particularly emphasize this trade enforcement issue my colleague center can't well and I come from the Pacific Northwest incredibly trade sensitive one out of five jobs in the state of Oregon revolves around international trade the trade jobs pay better than the non trade jobs in many cases because there is a value added compliment and in my home state one of the first things anybody asks about when the trade topic is brought up is Hey Ron what do you guys in Washington DC doing to better enforce the trade laws that are on the books I understand you need to upgrade these policies but they want to make clear that the new day has to involve tough enforceable trade laws that have real peace in the U. ministrations release it's now up to two point oh agreement and consulting with the Congress and what comes next as I wrap up here pretty quickly I want to make some points on that process there is important work left to be done on key issues I mentioned in enforcement because the new nafta carries over the weekend Forsman system of the old now it's too easy on trade cheats it's not good enough for American workers particularly on labor rights center brown and I have proposed some additional tools to address specific challenges in Mexico and I hope that there will be progress on that front additionally one of the bigger challenges we confront is identifying the hundreds of thousands of sham labor contracts in Mexico that have exploited workers nearing harmed workers here Mexico must remain on track to get those contracts we negotiate on behalf of the workers interest during the overhaul the original nafta remains in place workers farmers ranchers and businesses shouldn't have to fear that economic uncertainty will cost them their livelihoods it's a problem when the president Accel makes impulsive threats regarding our trade relationships American farmers American workers have been hurt by some of these presidential impulses and more will get hurt if the president continues to offer threats and chaos and possibly this ends up causing the Congress to accept the bad deal on nafta passing a trade deal that would allow this president to unilaterally change rules and ineffective jerked around the entire industries would be a dangerous in a state that promotes uncertainty when I talk to businesses more than anything they constantly come back to certainty and predictability and you don't get trade done right with all this uncertainty and based on that I have some real concerns about how the administration wants nafta to point out to be implemented that's what we're gonna be talking about that today and my colleagues care deeply on both sides of the aisle about trade and I'd like to close this comment where I began is burned out we're so glad you're here I think you're the face of much of what the trade challenge is all about we welcome you thank yous German center Ron Wyden ranking Democrat on the committee read how can I do better than he did in reducing our I guess the only thing I would add for my notes is that you were single handedly running your business selling jewelry store blockers all across the world so you're definitely concerned about trade agreements and trade generally so thank you for being here next I would like to welcome Matt blunt president of the American auto mall leave policy council governor blunt was the fifty fourth governor of Missouri serving his state as chief executive all five dole nine is been present the American autumn of motive policy council since twenty eleven in that role he represents the common policy interest of America's largest automotive manufacturers Ford General Motors fire theater Chrysler so we welcome you governor blind then we have Mister James Collins chief executive or Cuba or science Mr calling leaves the only major a group science company completely dedicated to agriculture his work in the industry began thirty five years ago when he joined a pond nineteen eighty four he worked his way up the ladder Mister Collins became chief operating officer for the agriculture division of Dow dupont before becoming see all over recently standalone company for teva Edgar science relations on your new position then we welcome Derrick let others present see all Werner enterprises founded in nineteen fifty six Warner moved its headquarters from council bluffs Iowa who Omaha on which is still close across the river now you were you still a proud I won I hope I don't agree with the move but I won't hold true for personally making that mistake Werner's how who orders now one of America's largest transportation and logistics companies with a network of over seven thousand eight hundred trucks and extensive experience in shipping and distribute distributing goods candid in Mexico prior to joining Werner enterprises Mr leathers was one of the first foreign members of Mexico's trucking association can a car and was based out of Mexico City for several years thank you this is a repair C-SPAN radio programming from Tuesday now I have the pleasure of introducing I was former governor and former secretary of agriculture for the US department of agriculture he is a Tom Vilsack is now president and chief executive officer of the U. S. dairy export council he was elected I was forty eighth governor ninety eight served eight years there and then eight years as secretary of agriculture now is a leader in the U. S. their export council he represents the trade the interests of more than one hundred dairy industry Derry exporters and affiliated and its the members so thank you for coming Mister secretary finally welcome Michael Wessels president of Wessel group and staff share of though to the labor Advisory Council on for trade negotiations and trade policy as a staff chair Mister Russell helps direct committee responsibility for advising and consulting secretary of labor and US trade representative regarding policies on labor and trade negotiations he worked as a congressional aide for over twenty years and also a commissioner on the US China economic and security review commission so thank you Mr Wessels now we'll start with ms Barnett and we'll go that same way across the tables I interviewed you no question good morning my name is Paula Burnette and I am a jeweler living and Brownsville Oregon with my nine year old daughter Carla thank you chairman Grassley ranking member white and and members of the committee for inviting me to speak to you today about my creative business I am a self taught find your I spent six years studying art and architecture history I while I.
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