The Trade Problem
America’s trade policies have caused grave harm to our country’s economy, security and people. Our trade deficit is over $1.5 billion per day. One in five manufacturing jobs have been lost in 10 years as tens of thousands of manufacturers have closed. Each energy intensive factory lost to another country produces up to eight times more global warming emissions than in the U.S. America’s traditionally large agricultural trade surplus has disappeared since NAFTA implementation. Food imports exceed exports and enter the country without food safety inspection. Trade agreements dangerously undermine America’s sovereignty by overriding the U.S. Constitution and local, state and federal laws.
We need international commerce that roughly balances imports and exports, without surrendering sovereignty, the environment or food safety. America can have trade that promotes its industrial and agricultural policy, produces jobs, increases incomes, and preserves our strength.
The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) is working for a new and positive U.S. trade policy that delivers prosperity and security to America, its citizens, farms, factories and working people. We are an unrivaled coalition of manufacturing, agricultural, worker, consumer and citizen interests working together to re-build an America for ourselves, our children and our grand-children. We believe America can provide good jobs for workers, affordable goods for consumers, opportunity for farms and manufacturers and a clean environment without compromising our national sovereignty and security. We are committed to achieving this outcome.
The Coalition for a Prosperous America is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through our agricultural, manufacturing and labor members.
CPA’s focus is upon the grass roots. We are educating citizens and local opinion leaders where they live and work. We are identifying those elected members of Congress who favor improved trade policies and, as importantly, those who do not. We will hold major events during the electoral cycles to inform citizens on the issues. Engaging Washington is important, but politicians come home on the weekends, and must face the citizens. Engaging America is our primary focus.