A New Era Begins
Unfettered global trade cost millions of jobs and weakened America’s economic and national security. It’s time to rewrite the playbook.
For decades, the United States pursued a trade policy benefited some global corporations but came at a great cost to America’s working class. U.S. production moved overseas. Tens of thousands of U.S. factories closed, and millions of Americans lost well-paid jobs. And all that lost production also left the United States vulnerable, unable to manufacture many of the things it needs.
It is time to change course. The United States must advance trade policy that prioritizes workers and creates a fair playing field for America’s manufacturers to compete globally. U.S. trade policy must include trade enforcement action, ensuring that there are consequences when foreign companies break trade rules and undermine U.S. workers. In addition, the United States should not enter into new trade agreements unless there are enforcement mechanisms to ensure our trading partners play by the rules.