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Cynthia Lummis on Free Trade

 

 


Opposes Trade Promotion Authority; it's politically-driven

Today U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which passed the House. However, since an accompanying trade measure, linked by law to TPA, failed to pass, the TPA measure remains in the House and will not be signed into law without further Congressional action. Rep. Lummis voted against TPA in addition to the linked trade legislation. Commenting on the votes, Rep. Lummis issued the following statement:

"After six years of misleading statements on ObamaCare, failed foreign policy, and power grabs over water and land, this president has proven to be untrustworthy at every single turn. I could not bring myself to cast Wyoming's vote in support of President Obama's politically driven agenda. I don't trust him with a clod of dirt, let alone international trade deals."

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race , Sep 11, 2015

Fair trade agreements focus on Wyoming exports

According to government statistics, Wyoming's export shipments of merchandise in 2011 were over $1 billion. Canada is Wyoming's largest export recipient. Canada, which received exports of $330 million (27 percent), was followed by Brazil ($101 million), Australia ($82 million), Mexico ($78 million), and Indonesia ($71 million). The state's leading exports include carbonate, air and gas pumps, bentonite, light oils, uranium and natural gas.

The ability for Wyoming's small businesses to export their products is critical for our state's economic stability. Fair trade agreements are vital to the success of these trade relationships, and are helpful in opening new markets to Wyoming products. However, each trade agreement must be evaluated on its individual merits, as not all agreements are created equal. I continue to base my support or opposition to each trade agreement upon its particular effects on Wyoming's citizens and industries.

Source: House press release on 2020 Wyoming Senate race , Jan 1, 2012

Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade.

Lummis scores 63% by USA*Engage on trade issues

Ratings by USA*Engage indicate support for trade engagement or trade sanctions. The organization's self-description: "USA*Engage is concerned about the proliferation of unilateral foreign policy sanctions at the federal, state and local level. Despite the fact that broad trade-based unilateral sanctions rarely achieve our foreign policy goals, they continue to have political appeal. Unilateral sanctions give the impression that the United States is 'doing something,' while American workers, farmers and businesses absorb the costs."

VoteMatch scoring for the USA*Engage ratings is as follows :

Source: USA*Engage 2011-2012 ratings on Congress and politicians 2012-USAE on Dec 31, 2012

Strongly pro-free enterprise, according to AFA survey.

Lummis supports the AFA survey question on free enterprise

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-14A on Sep 11, 2020

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