Transcript: Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s remarks on the Democrats’ “Better Deal” economic agenda
Partial transcript of Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Michigan) remarks on the Senate Democrats’ “Better Deal” economic agenda. The press briefing was held on Aug. 2, 2017:
Well, good morning. Thanks very much for being here today. We’re here today because we believe in an America where people who work hard everyday need to know that somebody has their back in a global economy.
If you’re working in a factory or in a farm or on your phone, you should have the confidence that our country works for you and that our trade laws work for you.
You should have the confidence that we’re exporting our products and not our jobs.
But that’s not the reality for the majority of Americans.
For too many American workers and small businesses, the rules are rigged against them and that has to change. Many people are working harder and longer than ever but their jobs pay less in a race down to the lowest wage in another part of the world.
Our workers deserve a race up to good wages that will allow you to raise your family and have a good life, and that’s why we’re here today offering a better deal on trade and jobs.
In Michigan, I know that our workers, our small businesses, manufacturers, farmers can compete with anybody, anybody in the world if we’ve got a level playing field.
And that means creating a trade prosecutor who will be laser-focused on going after countries like China that manipulate their currency, which has cost us 5 million jobs, steal our technology, and cheat with unfair trade practices.
It means passing our Bring Jobs Home Act to close the loopholes that actually incentivizes companies for taking jobs overseas.
American families deserve a better deal. That’s what we are committed to make happen.