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October 12, 2011

Here Are Reps To Contact On China Currency Manipulation

-- by Dave Johnson

We buy a lot from China, and they don't buy much from us. Some call that "trade." The result is that our jobs, factories, companies, industries and wealth are moving to China. One very big thing we can do about this right now is to confront China over their currency manipulation and the Senate passed a bill to do just that. The House leadership, under the control of lobbyists siding with China, refuses to allow the bill to come up for a vote. You can contact co-sponsors of the bill and ask them to sign a "discharge petition" that will make that vote happen.

As Steven Capozzola explained yesterday in Why Should Congress Pass China Currency Legislation?,

What few seem to understand is that we are already in a trade war with China. It’s not one that we launched, nor one that we wanted. But China’s undervaluation of its currency, which violates world trade rules, is part of a deliberate, well-coordinated strategy to undercut U.S. manufacturers.

Currency manipulation has helped fuel China’s massive rise as a manufacturing powerhouse. And it’s also helped drive our massive trade deficit with Beijing, which reached a record $273 billion in 2010. This huge trade gap has cost 2.8 million U.S. jobs over the past decade—jobs in every state and congressional district, jobs in manufacturing, jobs in high-tech sectors… It’s a terribly one-sided trade relationship.

How did this happen? China intervenes in the currency market to buy dollars and set its own currency at an artificially low exchange rate. This makes Chinese goods 40% cheaper when entering the U.S. market while making our goods significantly more costly when exported to China.

... This is a bipartisan issue, one that marks a clear chance for Congress to stand up to a very protectionist, predatory campaign. China can purchase dollars, which are freely traded, in order to set its currency peg. But conversely, it is illegal to buy China’s closely held currency.

I wrote yesterday, in Will The U.S. House Side With China On Currency?

If we want to bring jobs and wealth back to the United States for the 99% of us who have been under extreme pressure we're going to have to do something about trade. The huge trade imbalances -- especially with China -- are sucking our jobs and factories and companies and industries and money out of the country. The biggest thing that can be done right now is to take action on China's currency manipulation.

...Speaker of the House Boehner is siding with China and is refusing to allow it to come before the House for a vote. (Reminder to self: do some research into the Citizens United Supreme Court decision enabling foreign money to influence our elections.)

The bill can be forced onto the House floor using a "discharge petition." You can take action to help get Republicans to sign the discharge petition so it comes to the floor. Click here to contact members of Congress and ask them to sign this discharge petition and end Chinese currency manipulation now.

What You Can Do

There are 61 Republican members of the House of Representatives who co-sponsored legislation to confront China over their currency manipulation: Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (HR639). Contact them and ask them to sign the "discharge petition." They are:

Tim Murphy (PA)
Todd Aiken (MO)
Steve Austria (OH)
Lou Barletta (PA)
Brian Bilbray (CA)
Rob Bishop (UT)
Mo Brooks (AL)
Dan Burton (IN)
Shelley Moore Capito (WV)
Howard Coble (NC)
Chip Cravaack (MN)
Rick Crawford (AR)
Charles Dent (PA)
Jo Ann Emerson (MO)
Michael Fitzpatrick (PA)
Randy Forbes (VA)
Jeff Fortenberry (NE)
Jim Gerlach (PA)
Chris Gibson (NY)
Sam Graves (MO)
Morgan Griffith (VA)
Gregg Harper (MS)
Duncan Hunter (CA)
Bill Johnson (OH)
Tim Johnson (IL)
Walter Jones (NC)
Mike Kelly (PA)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO)
Steven LaTourette (OH)
Frank LoBiondo (NJ)
Donald Manzullo (IL)
Tom Marino (PA)
Thaddeus McCotter (MI)
Patrick McHenry (NC)
David McKinley (WV)
Patrick Meehan (PA)
Candice Miller (MI)
Sue Myrick (NC)
Tom Petri (WI)
Joe Pitts (PA)
Todd Platts (PA)
Jim Renacci (OH)
Scott Rigell (VA)
Dana Rohrabacher (CA)
Harold Rogers (KY)
Mike Rogers (AL)
Mike Rogers (MI)
Dennis Ross (FL)
John Runyan (NJ)
James Sensenbrenner (WI)
John Shimkus (IL)
Bill Shuster (PA)
Marlin Stutzman (IN)
Glenn Thompson (PA)
Michael Turner (OH)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA)
Ed Whitfield (KY)
Joe Wilson (SC)
Rob Wittman (VA)
Frank Wolf (VA)
Don Young (AK)


This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

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Posted by Dave Johnson at October 12, 2011 10:09 AM


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