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Executive Summary of Trade Concurrance

From LWVUS website

The proposed new position reaffirms the League's support for a liberal U.S. trade policy while clarifying that such a policy should also advance the achievement of other important goals. These include improving basic living standards, reducing income inequality, protecting the environment, and upholding human and labor rights around the world. The position does not set specific requirements for improvement in these other areas but does endorse a number of trade-related strategies to achieve progress on these important goals. This will give the LWVUS Board the tools needed to balance the League's multiple interests when evaluating trade proposals.

Section I sets out the League's basic support for a trade policy that reduces trade barriers and expands international trade. Overall, trade liberalization fosters prosperity both at home and abroad and contributes to progress against poverty and hunger worldwide. Nonetheless, much needs to be done to extend the benefits of trade to more of the world's people and advance vital social and environmental objectives. The position calls for the reduction of a variety of measures that restrict trade.

Section II endorses U.S. participation in an "international trade organization" and describes the principles by which it should operate. International agreements dealing with the environment and labor/human rights should be recognized as should the validity of non-protectionist domestic laws and regulations in these same areas. Multilateral trade agreements negotiated in the broadest possible international forum are preferable to regional and bilateral pacts.

Section III calls for a U.S. trade policy-making process that is open, transparent, and efficient and goes on to define the roles of Congress, the president, and the public in that process.

Section IV lists a variety of trade-related strategies to be used to advance the League's social and environmental goals.

Section V provides examples of the types of trade and related policies that are needed to address the special needs of developing countries.

Section VI acknowledges that specific programs are needed to address the adverse impact of international trade on some domestic workers, firms and industries.

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