State of Connecticut Archives: on Free Trade


Susan Bysiewicz: Make changes to NAFTA; close loopholes to send jobs overseas

Both candidates agreed that the government needed plans to bring more jobs to the country but presented different ideas on how to cut unemployment.

Bysiewicz proposed closing tax loopholes that encourage companies to set up shop overseas and making changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement. She also advocated for more federal funding for scientific research and development. "It's that kind of investment that can help create jobs, and something that the federal government has not been doing, and should," Bysiewicz said.

Murphy proposed stronger "Buy American" laws, which would have the federal government buy more U.S.-made products. He also pitched in repairs to roads and rail lines, which he said would not only create construction jobs but also improve the local economy in general. "If you want to bring jobs to Connecticut, you have to focus on infrastructure," Murphy said.

Source: Easton Daily Voice on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

Chris Murphy: Buy American Act for government purchasing

Murphy said his Buy American Act, which he continues to strengthen, has held the U.S. government to increase its purchases of American-made goods.

Bysiewicz criticized Murphy for not pushing to have NAFTA renegotiated since it has cost the country 1 million manufacturing jobs. Murphy said he agreed with her that free trade has not been fair trade and he was opposed to NAFTA.

Source: New Haven Register on 2012 CT Senate debate Mar 3, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: Renegotiate NAFTA; it cost 1 million manufacturing jobs

Bysiewicz criticized Murphy for not getting rid of all the corporate loopholes and not pushing to have NAFTA renegotiated since it has cost the country 1 million manufacturing jobs. Murphy said he agreed with her that free trade has not been fair trade and he was opposed to NAFTA. Tong took on both his rivals, telling Bysiewicz that her transaction tax and Murphy's Buy America program did not constitute an economic plan to help manufacturing.
Source: New Haven Register on 2012 CT Senate debate Mar 3, 2012

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