Transcript: Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s remarks on the Democrats’ “Better Deal” economic agenda
Partial transcript of Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wisconsin) remarks on the Senate Democrats’ “Better Deal” economic agenda. The press briefing was held on Aug. 2, 2017:
So Wisconsin families depend on our manufacturing jobs, and I believe that if we give our workers and manufacturers a level playing field, we will compete and win.
To level the playing field, Democrats are proposing a Better Deal – a Better Deal that prevents trade deals from hurting our workers. It takes on China’s cheating. And it puts an end to rewarding companies with tax cuts for shipping jobs and factories overseas.
We would also put in place stronger Buy America requirements for all taxpayer-funded projects.
I’ve written Buy America legislation because I strongly believe American workers should build our infrastructure with American products and taxpayers’ money should not be spent on iron and steel from foreign countries, like China and Russia.
My Buy America reform passed the Senate last year with strong bipartisan support. But when it got to the House, foreign steel companies bought Washington lobbyists to kill it.
Speaker [Paul] Ryan and Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell gave them what they wanted, and American workers were left behind again.
In April, President Trump came to Wisconsin and announced his support for my Buy America legislation.
The Congressional Republican leadership continues to stand in the way.
America and their workers deserve a solid commitment from us on a strong Buy America standard that rewards their hard work.
It’s time Washington put American manufacturers and steel workers first – ahead of powerful special interests.
Our Better Deal will close loopholes that provide foreign producers access to large sums of your taxpayer dollars.
The bottom line is this: Democrats and Republicans agree that we need a major investment to rebuild our roads, bridges, and water infrastructure. We need Republicans to stand with us and with our manufacturers and with American workers.
Let’s get the job done on strong Buy America reforms so that we can put people to work, rebuilding our infrastructure with the words Made in America…