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Pollution Control Costs Debated
Effective Planning and Action
Going to Court in the Public Interest
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Trade Action - Trade Alert!
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Trade Action - Trade Alert!

The Political Picture

There are two major trade bills now being considered by House Ways and Means Committee:

  1. Trade Reform of 1973

    (HR 6767) is the administrations bill which gives broad presidential power in trade negotiations; use trade policy to moot balance of payments problems; extend preferential tariff treatment to LDC'S; grant most-favored-nation to countries with non-market economies and to respond to injury from fair or unfair import competition.

  2. Burke-Hartke bill (HR 62) is a strong protectionist bill establishing quotas on virtually all imports, change tax laws to discourage multi-national corporations, prohibit transfer of capital and technology to foreign countries.

In testimony before the Ways and Moans, League opposed Burke-Hartke and gave qualified support to the Trade Reform act. Wilbur Mills, chairman of Ways and Means announced that he wants floor action before August 3. Your League voice is needed to influence your congressman to support a liberal trade bill. Work with other groups interested in trade -- importers and wholesalers, imported car dealers, consumer groups, local Chamber of Commerce, trade associations, retailers that will be harmed by quotas. Develop public awareness of trade issues and mobilize support for liberal trade, Visit community groups, loaders and local and state officials. Use the TV and radio programs to talk about trade. Write letters to your newspapers, GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS THAT TRADE IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS.

"Congressional attitudes Toward Trade"

-Rep. Matsunaga is co-sponsor of Burke-Hartke Bill. Feels Multinational Corporations should be curbed; that profits are their prime motive.

-Rep. Mink introduced a bill to aid pineworkers injured by foreign pine competition in Hawaii has a strong labor constituency but favored giving wide trade negotiating powers to the President.

-Sen. Inouye is for aiding high technology industries since this is the direction U.S. must take in competing in world trade and marketing.

-Sen. Fong will be supporting Trade Reform Act.


League's National Trade Position

As a result of a one year study undertaken by leagues throughout the country, the new national trade position supports liberal trade policies: reduction of tariff and nontariff barriers, most-favored nation treatment in trade negotiations while recognizing the difference between developed and developing countries, League opposes: restrictive administrative procedures, quotas, buy-American provisions. For domestic health and environmental protection, international standards should be used but not as a restrictive conforming measure.

The U.S. and World Economy: we support efforts by U.S. industries to improve product quality and international marketing techniques; reform the international monetary system; encourage industrial research and development and promote tourism from other countries to the United States.

We believe the free flow of investment and technology fosters economic development and improves living standards throughout the world. However, interests of citizens in both host and parent countries should be guarded by international standards that regulate overseas corporate investment policies and practices. Domestic tax laws should be modified for MNC's.

Adjustment Programs: Assistance should be made easily for domestic firms injured by import competition. Retraining of workers should be related to job opportunities identified by national employment trends. Pension and fringe benefits should be protected. Firms should receive tax incentives or government loans, even temporary trade restrictions to allow time for adjustment due to rapid influx of imports. Any measure should be negotiated multilaterally with specific phase-out provisions.

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