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house Bill H.R. 7064

Should the U.S. Trade Representative Ensure Trade Deals Have Strong Environmental Protections?

Argument in favor

Environmental protections should be part of free trade agreements in order to ensure that all manufacturers are playing on the same level, and doing their part to protect the environment. At present, environmental protections in free trade agreements are window-dressing with no power.

John's Opinion
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12/28/2018
I prefer to live in a country with clean water and air. Any trade deals with other countries should ensure that they do the same to ensure we’re on a level playing field.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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12/28/2018
Voting with your wallet is the only thing many around the world understand. If we insist on verifiable environmental protection before we buy, the folks that want the business will produce products with verifiable environmental protection.
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Roger's Opinion
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12/28/2018
If we let them, they'll always prioritize the money, so yeah we need to force them to protect the environment to close any trade deal.
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Argument opposed

Global free trade without environmental restrictions is the best way to protect both the environment and those who benefit from free trade. The best way to ensure better environmental protections in the developing world is to increase those countries’ wealth through trade without restrictions.

Leon's Opinion
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12/28/2018
And you can’t guarantee no nukes in Iran... how will this be successful?
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Ed's Opinion
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12/28/2018
I was extremely conflicted in voting no. Much like a lot that has come out of this administration they construct surgically precise titles to bills that upon further examination turn out to be Trojan Horses for the same old tired and insipid MAGA agenda stop trying to gaslight Americans. I fully support environmental protections and conscientious labor practices. However those do not seem to be the true goals of this bill. This is a complex issue the requires a great deal of contextual awareness. There is no one-size fits all mandate that will work. I believe helping the developing world accelerate the growth of their middle class will do more to improve environmental conditions and labor practices than a set of trade fiats
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Bob's Opinion
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12/28/2018
Due to the liberal attitude of allowing illegals into the country with a plan on allowing them to vote in elections is the pinnacle of Socialism.
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Rules
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedOctober 16th, 2018
    I prefer to live in a country with clean water and air. Any trade deals with other countries should ensure that they do the same to ensure we’re on a level playing field.
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    And you can’t guarantee no nukes in Iran... how will this be successful?
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    Voting with your wallet is the only thing many around the world understand. If we insist on verifiable environmental protection before we buy, the folks that want the business will produce products with verifiable environmental protection.
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    Protect our environment...POTUS won’t😫
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    If we let them, they'll always prioritize the money, so yeah we need to force them to protect the environment to close any trade deal.
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    I was extremely conflicted in voting no. Much like a lot that has come out of this administration they construct surgically precise titles to bills that upon further examination turn out to be Trojan Horses for the same old tired and insipid MAGA agenda stop trying to gaslight Americans. I fully support environmental protections and conscientious labor practices. However those do not seem to be the true goals of this bill. This is a complex issue the requires a great deal of contextual awareness. There is no one-size fits all mandate that will work. I believe helping the developing world accelerate the growth of their middle class will do more to improve environmental conditions and labor practices than a set of trade fiats
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    As well as strong worker and civil rights protections
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    H.R. 7064 AKA the Fair Environmental Trade Agreements Act I support and recommend the passage of the House bill H.R. 7064 AKA the Fair Environmental Trade Agreements Act of 2018 — which would require the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to certify that any trade agreements the U.S. enters into with other countries would include strong, enforceable provisions relating to environmental and labor standards. The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee would receive these certifications from the USTR. Environmental protections should be part of free trade agreements in order to ensure that all manufacturers are playing on the same level, and doing their part to protect the environment. At present, environmental protections in free trade agreements are window-dressing with no power. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*27*18.....
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    Yes, that would be appropriate.
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    Without this the FF industries will nail small countries to dying, massively self destructive sources. Not a help for anyone but oligarchs
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    I fully support this. And we should start at home. Recently, there was an article in the Wall Street, regarding the Passaic River in NJ. 23 miles of the river is classified as a SuperFund site, due to discharges into the river during the manufacture of Agent Orange. Agent Orange is a defoliant, used in Vietnam. Billions of dollars are needed to clean up the river. I totally disagree with the roll back of environmental safe guards, in this country. So, not only do we need to have enhanced environmental safeguards trade bills, we need to get our own house in order. I see neither happening with the current administration.
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    Putting profit before the environment is asking for disaster.
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    I really don't understand the reasoning in the Nay argument, there is nothing wrong with protecting the environment.
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    Yes this would be a great idea. Problem is our current government wants to cut enviromental regulations in this country. We're going to put standards on other countries that we ourselves don't adhere to. Good luck at least with the current administration.
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    Trading money for the destruction of the environment is never a good idea. Let’s not vent the oxygen in our spaceship Earth, just because it will give us more money.
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    Our environment should be one of our top priorities. Without a safe environment, houses will be lost, people will get sick, and animals will die. Even if we lose a little money in the process, I think our environment is worth it.
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    Common Sense
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    If we are going to trade freely with other countries without any tariffs, there needs to be specific environmental and labor standards that those countries have which are comparable to ours. Otherwise, these multinational corporations are just going to continue to shift more production overseas to where they can exploit cheap labor and pollute the environment as much as possible.
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    Due to the liberal attitude of allowing illegals into the country with a plan on allowing them to vote in elections is the pinnacle of Socialism.
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    This makes sense to me since only money talks, so no verifiable protections, no deals. Underdeveloped countries have a history of exploitation at the expense of the environment and workers.
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