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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – November 27, 2019

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It is great to be home preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we gather with family and friends this week, let us be mindful of the blessings each of us has been granted. May we also remember those defending our nation in known and unknown places who are away from their families standing watch during this holiday season.

Unfortunately, last week the House was once again wrapped up in impeachment despite the fact that we still have no budget deal beyond December 20, have no resolution to securing our southern border, and have yet to pass the USMCA trade agreement nearly a year after it was reached.

Impeachment:

The Majority’s three-year obsession with impeaching President Trump is distracting Congress from the real work we should be doing for Americans: improving our Nation’s infrastructure and highways such as I-81, fully funding our Nation’s military and veterans’ programs, securing our border and preventing the flood of gangs, drugs, and human trafficking that has flowed across it, and supporting our farmers and manufacturers by approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).
Since the very beginning, the Majority has taken an impeachment at all costs strategy in an attempt to undo the 2016 election and undermine the votes of nearly 63 million Americans. It is time to move on from this inquiry and get back to work for the American people.

 Click to watch comments from Congressman Ben Cline. WSET 11/13/19

Continuing Resolution:
Our nation is on the edge of a fiscal cliff, and our government avoided a shutdown last week by passing yet another Continuing Resolution. These sorts of stopgap funding deals do nothing but push our problems off to another day, while harming our military and jeopardizing our national security. Legislation like this is nothing more than a band-aid on our broken budget process, and Congress has yet to send a single appropriations bill to the President’s desk. We must return to regular order in our appropriations process to ensure a stable fiscal future for the American people.

USMCA:
This week will mark one year since the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement was sent to Congress for ratification. It has been nearly 365 days, and this Chamber has yet to take any action toward passing this critical agreement. Canada and Mexico are vital agricultural trade partners for the United States, and our farmers export nearly $40 billion in goods to our neighbors to the north and south annually. Further, independent studies show that the USMCA trade agreement would add $68 billion to the U.S. economy and spur 176,000 new jobs. There is no reason why the House should continue to stall the implementation of a deal that will have a profoundly beneficial impact on the American workforce. Congress must put partisan politics aside and pass this deal for the betterment of our constituents.

JMU Washington Semester Program:
The Sixth District is fortunate to be home to more than 20 institutions of higher education, including James Madison University in Harrisonburg. JMU is known for providing its students with exceptional opportunities, one of which is its Washington Semester Program. This program allows JMU students to study and work in Washington, D.C., while taking advantage of everything the city has to offer. Last week, I was thrilled to be one of the program’s guest speakers and spent nearly two hours engaging with students and hearing their concerns. We discussed not only the hot button issues of the day, but also what it takes to be successful after graduation. Many students were participating in internships here on Capitol Hill, which offer a front row seat to the legislative process. If you or someone you know is interested in an internship with my office, please click here.

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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – January 19, 2020

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With the impeachment Articles finally sent over to the Senate, the House can now begin focusing on the issues most important to the American people. One of the highlights of the week was the signing of a historic trade deal with China which will help Sixth District farmers by dramatically increasing U.S. exports. Along the same vein, I joined my Virginia colleagues in supporting the Norfolk Harbor Project which will allow Commonwealth manufacturers to more effectively ship their goods overseas. While it was a busy week in Washington, I had the pleasure of visiting with students throughout the District and am looking forward to meeting with constituents in Lynchburg and Roanoke City during the coming week’s town halls.

Impeachment:
For months, Democrats called impeaching the President urgent – yet 28 days went by before the Speaker transmitted the Articles to the Senate this week. This attempt to grab headlines exposed what Americans already knew, that impeachment was nothing more than political theater. This show has been at the expense of working on truly urgent matters like fixing our crumbling infrastructure, reforming our broken immigration system, and getting USMCA across the finish line. Further, the delay once again denied the President the right to due process that is afforded to every American.

Phase One Trade Agreement & USMCA:
This week President Trump continued to make progress in working towards negotiating better, fairer trade deals for the United States. On Wednesday, the President signed the “Phase One” Trade Agreement with China which will serve as a tremendous boost to American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and innovators. At the core of this deal, China has pledged to increase American imports by $200 billion over the next two years. Of that, $40 to $50 billion will be on agriculture products, $75 billion in manufacturing goods, $50 billion in the energy sector, and $40 billion in financial services. Further, this deal addresses longstanding intellectual property and trademark concerns and will establish enforcement mechanisms against pirated and counterfeit goods. This trade agreement rebalances the playing field for the United States and China and will be beneficial to both countries.

This deals comes on the heels of the Senate approving the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. The measure creates a more level playing field for American workers, strengthens agricultural trade, and modernizes intellectual property protections. USMCA is a win for American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses and will create 176,000 new jobs and add $68 billion to the U.S. Economy. I look forward to the President signing this Agreement into law.

Supporting the Iranian People:
The United States has always and will always stand for freedom and democracy around the world. Following recent actions by the Iranian government, the nation’s people took to the streets to demand accountability and express their collective desire for the country’s leaders to respect human rights. Iran has a violent history when faced with opposition from within its borders, and the government killed 1,500 demonstrators as recently as November of last year. In response, I cosponsored a resolution this week introduced by Leader McCarthy condemning the Iranian government and supporting the protesters. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi rejected this resolution in yet another purely political move.

Norfolk Harbor Project:
This week, I was proud to join my Virginia colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget requesting additional funds for the Norfolk Harbor Project. This critical infrastructure project will widen and deepen the port and add an additional traffic lane, making it more capable of handling mega container commercial vessels and ships. Not only will this increase the Harbor’s competitiveness and further connect Virginia to global markets, but it will also enable continued operational successes for our service members at Naval Station Norfolk.

Despite the headlines of gridlock in Washington, this project is just one example of legislators from both parties coming together to support an initiative that is beneficial to the Commonwealth as a whole.

School Visits:
I am always excited to discuss government and how legislation becomes law with students across our region. This week I had the pleasure of chatting with government classes from opposite ends of District at both Lord Botetourt High School in Daleville and Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. Opportunities like these allow me to answer students’ questions and engage in constructive dialogue about the issues that matter most to my younger constituents.

Town Halls:
Prior to the new year, I hosted nineteen town halls – one in each locality – and plan to continue holding events like these throughout my term. Already in 2020, I have hosted three such forums in Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Botetourt County. This coming week, I will hold two additional town halls in Lynchburg and Roanoke City. In order to accommodate the diverse schedule of Sixth District constituents, I have rotated all of my town halls between morning, lunch, and evening meetings. Citizens of these two localities will be given priority regarding comments during the town hall. Please note that signs and noisemakers are prohibited.

Lynchburg Town Hall
Thursday, January 23, 2020
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
American Legion Post 16
1301 Greenview Drive Lynchburg, VA 24502
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Roanoke City Town Hall
Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
VFW Post 1264
4930 Grandview Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.
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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – January 12, 2020

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Much has happened since the start of the new year. An American working in Iraq was killed, our embassy in Iraq was attacked, and the terrorist responsible was swiftly and appropriately brought to justice. I was pleased to have the opportunity to address this issue and other foreign policy concerns directly with constituents this week at the three town halls I held throughout the District.

Further, it is an honor to announce those students from Virginia’s Sixth District who I have nominated to U.S. Service Academies. These individuals are prepared to serve our country and defend our freedoms overseas.

Iran and War Powers

Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers and thousands of civilians around the world. Further, Gen. Soleimani was the leading architect of Iran’s global terror strategy, including the killing of an American working in Iraq and the attack on our embassy in Baghdad. I commend President Trump for taking strong and decisive action to eliminate the terror leader, Soleimani, in order to protect our troops and defend American interests.

Unfortunately, Democrats chose to politicize this issue and passed a resolution to attack the President and limit his powers to defend us from further aggression by Iran. Even though the bill is not binding, it recklessly hinders President Trump’s ability to use force against an enemy who only last week attacked U.S. interests. Not only does this resolution jeopardize our national security, but it also puts our troops and our allies in harm’s way moving forward.

Instead of a debate about the question of the separation of powers, H. Con. Res. 83 condemns the President’s appropriate reasoned response to Iranian aggression. While only Congress can declare war, it is necessary for the President to be able to respond in a swift manner to defend American interests and our men and women in uniform.

Town Halls
As a Member of Congress, a top priority of mine is to be accessible to the constituents of the Sixth District. For this reason, I have made a commitment to hold town halls throughout the District to ensure I can hear first-hand from those I represent and bring their views back to Washington. Prior to the new year, I hosted nineteen town halls – one in each locality – and plan to continue holding events like these throughout my term. Already in 2020, I have hosted three such forums in Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Botetourt County. I look forward to meeting with as many residents as possible in the coming year and encourage all constituents to visit my Facebook page, website, and keep an eye on the Royal Examiner for town hall announcements coming in the near future.

Service Academy Nominations:
One of the greatest honors I have serving as the Representative for Virginia’s Sixth District is the privilege of nominating high school seniors to one of four United States Service Academies. Applicants to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy require a recommendation from a Member of Congress or another nominating authority. Understanding the seriousness of this responsibility, I spent the past several months traveling the District meeting individually with each interested applicant. The passion for service and love of country that these students exuded was truly inspiring, and I am pleased to announce the names of those I have nominated to each academy. Congratulations and best of luck throughout the rest of the admissions process.

United States Naval Academy:
Ashleigh Dickman, senior at Skyline High School and a resident of Front Royal
Noah Harding, senior at Hidden Valley High School and a resident of Roanoke
Stephen Hanley, completed his first semester at VMI and a resident of Stuarts Draft
Brian Hayden, senior at Cave Spring High School and a resident of Roanoke
Joseph Kilgallen, senior at Warren County High School and a resident of Front Royal
Liesel Nelson, senior at Rockbridge High School and a resident of Lexington
Alexander Plonsky, senior at Fort Defiance High School and a resident of Weyers Cave
Ryan Scott, completed first semester at Hampden-Sydney and a resident of Roanoke
Andrew Wheeler, senior at Cave Spring High School and a resident of Roanoke

United States Military Academy:
Bryce Corkery, senior at William Byrd High School and a resident of Vinton
Revely Keesee, senior at Jefferson Forest High School and a resident of Forest
Erin Wienke, senior at William Byrd High School and a resident of Vinton

United States Air Force Academy:
Jacqueline Kelly, senior at Seton Home Study School and a resident of Front Royal
Ezra Paul, senior in a home school program and a resident of Rockingham
John Shelor, senior at Cave Spring High School a and resident of Boones Mill

United States Merchant Marine Academy:
Daniel Pettyjohn, senior at Brookville High School and a resident of Forest

FCS Championship Game:
I congratulate North Dakota State on their victory in the FCS Football Championship yesterday. The Dukes put up a heck of a fight, but unfortunately fell just short. I am proud to represent the dedicated student-athletes at James Madison University who left it all on the field.

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Senator Mark Obenshain wants to hear from you

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2020 is here and we in the General Assembly are once again starting our legislative session in Richmond.

As I hear, debate and vote on bills the next 60 days, I promise to stand for the principles that we all share. I ran for reelection this past year and was honored to be chosen again to represent you. These principles on which I ran are of limited constitutional government and individual liberty – including the protection of our Second Amendment rights.

An important part of being your representative is listening. That’s why I am asking that you fill out this survey to share your opinion on some issues that we are likely to face in the upcoming session. I want to hear from you as I highly value what my constituents are concerned about and always seek to be readily available to your needs and concerns.

There are some very important pieces of legislation dealing with the state of our Commonwealth with respect to our current taxes, our Second Amendment rights, casinos and gambling, and our healthcare system.

These issues are complex but critically important to problems facing our community today.

Please fill out this survey to let me know your opinions on these important issues.

Mark Obenshain

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Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – A year in pictures

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It has truly been an honor this past year to serve as the Congressman for Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Over the past twelve months, I have had the privilege to meet with constituents daily both in the District and in Washington. Having the opportunity to hear first-hand from those I represent allows me to best serve those who call VA-06 home. As we enter the new legislative session this coming week, I wanted to take a moment to look back on some of the highlights from 2019.

Rep. Cline at the 20th annual State of the Community Breakfast hosted by the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce. (1/7/19)

Rep. Cline hosts town hall in Lynchburg. (2/21/19)

Rep. Cline visits the VA Medical Center in Salem. (2/22/19)

Rep. Cline meets with students of Rockbridge High School in Washington. (3/15/19)

Rep. Cline attends a naturalization ceremony in Harrisonburg. (3/19/19)

Rep. Cline visits Bath Community Hospital to discuss the expansion of telemedicine and improved health care in rural areas. (3/20/19)

Rep. Cline speaks to students at Luray High School. (4/1/19)

Rep. Cline welcomes then-Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper to Virginia Military Institute. (4/11/19)

Rep. Cline visits US Pipe in Lynchburg. (4/24/19)

Rep. Cline visits BWX Technologies, Inc. in Lynchburg to discuss their work building nuclear power components for U.S. Navy submarines and aircraft carriers. (4/29/19)

Rep. Cline reads to students and meets with teachers and administrators at Wenonah Elementary School in Waynesboro. (5/13/19)

Rep. Cline joins the brave men and women in blue for Police Week in Lynchburg. (5/14/19)

Rep. Cline meets with 9/11 first responders. (5/22/19)

Rep. Cline hosts town hall in Amherst County. (5/29/19)

Rep. Cline hosts town hall in Woodstock. (6/3/19)

Rep. Cline welcomes Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to Roanoke for a roundtable discussion on the benefits to Roanoke and western Virginia of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. (6/14/19)

Rep. Cline hosts town hall in Rockingham County. (6/17/19)

Rep. Clines welcomes Midora Firebaugh of North Cross School in Roanoke to Washington. Midora was the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition in VA-06. (6/24/19)

Rep. Cline visits the Henderson family, owners of Cave Hill Dairy in Troutville, to discuss the challenges faced by American small farmers and the enormous impact of ag policy in VA-06. (7/29/19)

Rep. Cline attends the bill signing for the LEGION Act in the oval office. (7/31/19)

Rep. Cline attends the ribbon cutting ceremony of Carilion VelocityCare Center at White’s Travel Plaza in Raphine. (8/4/19)

Rep. Cline welcomes Secretary Perdue of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Sixth District to hear firsthand from our farmers and producers about the issues they face daily. (9/20/19)

Rep. Cline attends the ribbon cutting of The Chaplick Center in Daleville. (10/3/19)

Rep. Cline hosts a Higher-Education Roundtable with college presidents at James Madison University. (10/10/19)

Rep. Cline joins House colleagues to discuss the intersection of mental health and addiction. (10/21/19)

Rep. Cline hosts town hall in Roanoke County. (10/25/19)

Rep. Cline welcomes Ranking Member of the Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Mike Conaway, on the third day of the Sixth District Fall Farm Tour. (11/2/19)

Rep. Cline participates in STEAM Day at Radford University Carilion, which celebrates education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. (11/9/19)

Rep. Cline visits the Shenandoah National Park and meets with the Park’s Superintendent to discuss ways to ensure local residents, businesses, and visitors can continue to benefit from the Park’s rich resources. (11/18/19)

Rep. Cline visits Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. in Harrisonburg to congratulate them on being awarded the HIRE Vets Medallion by the U.S. Department of Labor. (12/6/19)

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Warner, Fischer announce growing support for protecting consumers against dark patterns online

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~ Senators announce two new bipartisan cosponsors to bill that combats “dark patterns” designed to trick users into giving up their personal data ~

On January 7th, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) announced two new bipartisan co-sponsors for their legislation to protect consumers from being tricked into giving away their personal data online. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD), two senior members of the Senate Commerce Committee, have co-sponsored the Warner-Fischer legislation to prohibit large online platforms from using deceptive user interfaces, known as “dark patterns” to trick consumers into handing over their personal data.

“Whether you bought Christmas gifts online, downloaded a new messaging app, or tried to navigate a major browser’s byzantine privacy settings, chances are you were a victim of a dark pattern. In fact, if you wanted to score that extra discount at checkout, these design tactics most likely manipulated you into handing over more than just your email address to get that deal,” Sen. Warner. “I’m grateful to have the support of Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Thune on this important bill to make sure Americans have more transparency about, and control over, their interactions online.”

“Nearly every time Americans use a new app on our smart phones or browse social media from our laptops, we run into dark patterns. These unethical tricks online platforms use as they battle to capture attention and manipulate users must be stopped. I am pleased to have expanded bipartisan support for this legislation that combats risks to consumer choice and privacy online,” said Sen. Fischer.

“Dark patterns are manipulative tactics used to trick consumers into sharing their personal data. These tactics undermine consumers’ autonomy and privacy, yet they are becoming pervasive on many online platforms,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “This legislation would help prevent the major online platforms from using such manipulative tactics to mislead consumers, and it would prohibit behavioral experiments on users without their informed consent.”

“We live in an environment where large online operators often deploy manipulative practices or ‘dark patterns’ to obtain consent to collect user data, so I’m glad this bills takes meaningful steps to advance consumer transparency,” said Sen. Thune. “I particularly applaud the provisions of this bill that require large online operators to be more transparent about when users are subject to behavioral or psychological research for the purpose of promoting engagement on their platforms. I want to thank Sens. Warner and Fischer for leading this effort, and I’m glad to join them and Sen. Klobuchar in cosponsoring this important legislation.”

The bipartisan Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act aims to curb manipulative dark pattern behavior by prohibiting the largest online platforms (those with over 100 million monthly active users) from relying on user interfaces that intentionally impair user autonomy, decision-making, or choice. Specifically, the legislation:

  • Enables the creation of a professional standards body, which can register with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to focus on best practices surrounding user design for large online operators. This association would act as a self-regulatory body, providing updated guidance to platforms on design practices that impair user autonomy, decision-making, or choice, positioning the FTC to act as a regulatory backstop.
  • Prohibits segmenting consumers for the purposes of behavioral experiments, unless with a consumer’s informed consent. This includes routine disclosures for large online operators, not less than once every 90 days, on any behavioral or psychological experiments to users and the public. Additionally, the bill would require large online operators to create an internal Independent Review Board to provide oversight on these practices to safeguard consumer welfare.
  • Prohibits user design intended to create compulsive usage among children under the age of 13 years old.
  • Directs the FTC to create rules within one year of enactment to carry out the requirements related to informed consent, Independent Review Boards, and Professional Standards Bodies.

Sen. Warner has been raising concerns about the implications of social media companies’ reliance on dark patterns for several years. In 2014, Sen. Warner asked the FTC to investigate Facebook’s use of dark patterns in an experiment involving nearly 700,000 users designed to study the emotional impact of manipulating information on News Feeds.

Sen. Warner is also recognized as one of Congress’ leading voices in an ongoing public debate around social media and user privacy. He has written and introduced a series of bipartisan bills designed to protect consumers and promote competition in social media. The Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden Oversight And Regulations on Data (DASHBOARD) Act will require data harvesting companies such as social media platforms to tell consumers and financial regulators exactly what data they are collecting from consumers, and how it is being leveraged by the platform for profit.​ The Honest Ads Act will help prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements. The Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching (ACCESS) Act is a bipartisan bill to encourage market-based competition to dominant social media platforms by requiring the largest companies to make user data portable – and their services interoperable – with other platforms, and to allow users to designate a trusted third-party service to manage their privacy and account settings, if they so choose.

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Warner backs United States-Mexico-Canada agreement in finance committee vote

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On January 7th, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), member of the Senate Committee on Finance, addressed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) before voting in favor of the deal during a Finance Committee vote. In his opening remarks, Sen. Warner expressed optimism for the deal’s positive impact on Virginia’s farmers, but noted his concern regarding the Trump Administration’s erratic approach to trade, and the impact that these strained interactions could have on our nation’s relationship with key allies and partners abroad.

“I’m optimistic that this trade agreement will help American farmers, ports, manufacturers, retailers, and workers. As others have pointed out, the deal addresses issues like digital trade, that NAFTA couldn’t fully anticipate and decreases market barriers to agricultural products that have been huge points of concern for Virginia farmers,” said Sen. Warner in the committee hearing.

“Overall, I’m hopeful that this agreement will provide the consistency and stability that the business community needs. At the same time, I worry that the process that led us to this point may result in reduced U.S. credibility and trust from our allies and closest trading partners. Throughout the negotiation process, the President’s efforts to levy tariffs on Canada and Mexico, and to make repeated threats to withdraw from NAFTA or to heedlessly close the border with Mexico, have exemplified the troubling and erratic approach to trade issues that we’ve seen from the Administration.”

He continued, “Alienating our closest allies with the misuse of national security tariffs is counterproductive and endangers American security. That is why Senator Toomey and I have offered the Bicameral Trade Authority Act, to curb abuses of 232 authority. I’m hopeful that with ratification of this deal will offer an opportunity for this committee to reexamine those efforts in a bipartisan fashion.”

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement was officially signed by the three participating countries on November 30th, 2018. In the wake of pressure from Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi, the Trump Administration announced on December 9th the addition of new labor protections and enforcement provisions. Soon after, Sen. Warner announced his support of the USMCA, which intends to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USMCA, which passed the House of Representatives by a 385-41 vote, awaits consideration in the Senate.

Sen. Warner’s remarks are available below:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

As we all know, strong trading relationships improve our nation’s economy. I’m optimistic that this trade agreement will help American farmers, ports, manufacturers, retailers, and workers. As others have pointed out, the deal addresses issues like digital trade, that NAFTA couldn’t fully anticipate and decreases market barriers to agricultural products that have been huge points of concern for Virginia farmers.

I want to add congratulations to Ranking Member Wyden, Senator Brown and our House colleagues, because now this agreement finally includes strong labor protections to ensure that companies in our partner nations are held accountable and that American workers can compete on a level playing field.

Overall, I’m hopeful that this agreement will provide the consistency and stability that the business community needs.

At the same time, I worry that the process that led us to this point may result in reduced U.S. credibility and trust from our allies and closest trading partners. Throughout the negotiation process, the President’s efforts to levy tariffs on Canada and Mexico, and to make repeated threats to withdraw from NAFTA or to heedlessly close the border with Mexico, have exemplified the troubling and erratic approach to trade issues that we’ve seen from the Administration.

Our trade relationships are a key form of diplomacy, allowing us to increase U.S. influence abroad and deepen our relationships with foreign partners in ways that benefit not just American prosperity but U.S. security and leadership. Alienating our closest allies with the misuse of national security tariffs is counterproductive and endangers American security. That is why Senator Toomey and I have offered the Bicameral Trade Authority Act, to curb abuses of 232 authority. I’m hopeful that with ratification of this deal will offer an opportunity for this committee to reexamine those efforts in a bipartisan fashion.

Finally, and I made an agreement with the ranking member not to raise this issue during these considerations but I do want to take note that I have serious concerns with the inclusion of safe harbor language modeled on section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Congress is beginning, at this point, an important bipartisan debate about whether section 230 is working as intended. And many, including many prominent civil rights groups, believe that section 230 has allowed internet intermediaries to ignore misuse of their platforms by bad actors. This is an issue that I think needs our attention and that I hope we can revisit in a bipartisan way. Again, I commend everybody who worked on this.

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Feb 5 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 6 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]