Enforcing America’s Trade Laws
The inability, and in many cases the unwillingness, of policymakers in Washington to enforce current trade laws has allowed the deck to be stacked against U.S. manufacturers and workers. As a result, U.S. manufacturers have been forced to play by a different set of rules than their competitors. This has contributed to the loss of more than 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 and the closing of more than 50,000 manufacturing facilities.
When enforced, U.S. trade laws like anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws level the playing field and allow individual companies, farms and even whole industries in America to remain competitive. When other countries aren’t forced to play by the same rules, the result are not only lost revenues, but also lost jobs and a loss of economic security for American workers, their families and their communities. The fact is that enforcing the law works. Imposing clear and direct penalties on those who cheat or break the law is vital to ensuring that American manufacturers can compete in global markets. We must insist that other countries play by the rules.