By Paola Masman on Coalition for a Prosperous America
Washington ~ Members of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) fanned out across Capitol Hill last week to support a national goal of balanced trade and smart tax reform while opposing dumb trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
(From left: Reed Kelley, Michael Stumo, Michele Nash-Hoff, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Paola Masman, Katie Fontana, Bill Parks)
“CPA members did an amazing job delivering the smart trade message to Congress last week,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. “Congressman and their staff were more receptive than ever to fixing America’s trade problems.”
(From left: Kevin Kelley, Karyn Burns, Congressman Tom Reed, Brian O’Shaughnessy)
Several important trends became clear in the CPA fly in. First, the TPP is very unpopular. Second, concern about trade deficits is strong and no longer dismissed. Third, CPA is a trusted resource for Congressmen and high level staffers seeking to understand how to fix the problems. Fourth, the ascendance of trade as a voting issue in this Presidential campaign is having an impact in Congress. Fifth, the elite’s defense of stupid past trade policy increasingly falls on deaf ears.
(From left: Kevin Kelley, Congressman Chris Gibson, Brian O’Shaughnessy)
“CPA’s work has caused and accelerated Congressional defections from the establishment’s old, failed trade policy,” continued Stumo. “Congress men and women increasingly realize that it is both good policy and good politics to support a pro-American strategy to win the international competition for good jobs and sustainable prosperity. They can do this through a national goal of balanced trade, pro-competitive tax reform that is good for all US production and workers, and shelving the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
(From left: Katie Fontana, Michael Stumo, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Paola Masman, John Arnett, Charles Blum)
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