Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing

For the United States to remain a global leader, we need to continue producing top quality goods and services and capitalize on every opportunity to ship them overseas and create jobs at home. From supporting domestic manufacturers to taking action to reduce foreign tariffs, the U.S. has multiple opportunities to strengthen U.S. exports and maximize foreign investment. With too many roads and bridges crumbling around the country and a power grid waiting to enter the 21st century, we also need robust investments in our transportation and energy infrastructure. 

The Coalition's Global Competitiveness and Trade Task Force will continue to advance a U.S. trade agenda that grows the economy, creates U.S. jobs, and ensures the United States sets the rules for a level playing field in the global economy.

 

More on Trade, Critical Infrastructure and Manufacturing

Jul 17, 2018 Press Release

Today, the House of Representatives passed the House amendment to S. 488, the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018. S. 488 would accomplish four main goals: facilitate access to capital for small businesses and start-ups; increase protections for consumers and investors; help counter drug and human trafficking; and promote financial stability.

New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) issued the following statement on the bill:

Jun 15, 2018 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04); New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05); and Ways & Means Committee Members Ron Kind (WI-03), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Terri Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement after reports that the Administration will move forward with $50 billion in tariffs on China:

May 31, 2018 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-02) issued the following statement on President Trump’s actions to levy steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada, and Mexico:

May 21, 2018 Press Release

New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-02) issued the following statement on President Trump’s trade negotiations with China:

May 16, 2018 Press Release

New Democrat Coalition on Trump Administration’s Failure to Keep Congress Informed

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer canceled meeting with New Democrat Coalition Members

Today, Members of the New Democrat Coalition were scheduled to meet with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to discuss the importance of maintaining America’s place in NAFTA negotiations, concerns about some of the Administration’s misplaced trade priorities, and the lack of Congressional consultation around major trade discussions.

Apr 13, 2018 In the News

Inside U.S. Trade

Pro-trade New Democrat Coalition eyes first meeting with Lighthizer

April 11, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated after initial publication to note that the New Democrat Coalition is seeking a meeting with the U.S. Trade Representative in the coming weeks, not next Wednesday.

Mar 22, 2018 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) and New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-02) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement of $60 billion in tariffs against China:

Mar 21, 2018 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04); New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-02); and Ways & Means Committee Members Ron Kind (WI-03), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Terri Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement after President Trump formally requested a three-year extension of Trade Promotion Authority:

Mar 20, 2018 Press Release

Yesterday, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen and Gregory W. Meeks led New Democrat Coalition Members on a letter urging United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer to allow for the appointments of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. Absent a global order, the international trade system which the U.S. helped create could be thrown into disarray.

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release

Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Jim Himes (CT-04) and New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Gregory W. Meeks (NY-02) issued the following statement as the 11 countries remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sign a pact, known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), to expand trade opportunities within the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region: