Briefing on the TPP: Is it a Gold Standard for Working People?

We have all heard that the TPP contains the “highest labor standards ever” – but what does that really mean? Has there ever been a trade agreement that successfully secured for workers the right to form a union and negotiate a collective bargaining agreement? How do any potential benefits of labor provisions measure up against potential losses caused by other provisions in the agreement? Just what is the right measuring stick by which to judge the TPP’s impact on workers?

Read More

Join Letter to USDA Opposing $10 Billion Taxpayer Giveaway to Cotton Growers

Please join me in writing to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to oppose the recent request that cottonseed be added as an “other oilseed” for purposes of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – a move which could cost taxpayers an additional $10 billion over 10 years through the PLC program alone.

Read More

Co-sponsor H.R. 1401, the Jobs Originating Through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act

In light of the recent attacks in Paris and concerns with the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Congress passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. This bill contained a number of the same security provisions originally included in our bipartisan bill, H.R. 1401, the Jobs Originating Through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act of 2015. These provisions include the requirement of travelers to have electronic, machine-readable passports; an assessment on how to strengthen the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA); and to grant U.S. officials greater authority to terminate non-compliant countries.

Read More

Briefing: The State of the Steel Industry (v. 2)

As Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, we are writing to extend an invitation to your office to a staff briefing on the state of the nation’s steel industry and the impact of the import crisis affecting companies, workers, and communities throughout the country.

Read More