Rep. Camp Calls for Action on U.S. Trade Agenda in Keynote Address at NFTC’s Annual World Trade Dinner
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491
Honored with 2010 World Trade AwardWashington, DC – In a keynote address delivered during last night's National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Foundation World Trade Dinner and Award Ceremony, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) issued a call to action on the U.S. trade agenda as a means to increase U.S. economic growth and create American jobs.
"Trade agreements are a sure-fire way to boost economic growth by creating new markets for U.S. goods and services without raising taxes or further increasing already bloated federal budgets," said Rep. Camp. "I am confident that, if we work together – employers and workers, Republicans and Democrats, Administration and Congress – we can demonstrate to the American people the value of trade, we can generate the support needed to increase exports and open new markets for our goods and services, and we can create a brighter economic future for generations to come."
Rep. Camp outlined his vision for the national trade agenda, which includes:
- Completing the South Korea trade agreement before the end of the year;
- Finishing the "languishing" Colombia and Panama agreements within six months;
- Employing a robust and multipronged strategy to deal with China's trade abuses, including pursuit of WTO violations when they occur and the resuscitation of the bilateral investment treaty negotiations; and
- Actively engaging new trading partners to prevent the EU and others from getting a leg up on American made goods and services.
Following his remarks, Rep. Camp was honored with the NFTC Foundation's 2010 World Trade Award for his leadership in building consensus and promoting the benefits of open trade and investment.
"Throughout his nearly two decades of service in the U.S. Congress, Dave Camp has been a thoughtful critic and a valued supporter of international trade. At the NFTC, we know that whether the subject is trade negotiating authority for the President, Congressional approval to implement FTAs, or assisting American workers in their transition to new jobs, Dave Camp's voice, his vote and his leadership always are critically important," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. "Dave also understands how difficult it is for American companies to compete in the global marketplace. His leadership has been critical in fighting against new international tax law changes that will diminish American competitiveness and ultimately reduce American jobs."
The World Trade Award was established in 1937 by the Dollar Family of San Francisco in memory of Captain Robert Dollar, a pioneer in American shipping and world trade and a charter member of the NFTC. In 1938, Cordell Hull, then-Secretary of State, was the first recipient of the Award.
Last night's NFTC Foundation dinner was held at the Organization of American States. The event was widely attended by policymakers, members of the business community, ambassadors and embassy officials from a number of countries, including Colombia, South Korea and Panama, among many others.
For the full text of Rep. Camp's speech, please click here.
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Advancing Global Commerce for Over 95 Years - The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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About the NFTC Foundation
Incorporated in 1979, the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation is the educational arm of the NFTC (www.nftc.org). It is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated under the laws of the state of New York. The NFTC Foundation's mission is to inspire, encourage and facilitate international trade and investment in order to enhance economic growth and job creation throughout the world.