Trade and Manufacturing
Rochester has a rich economic history, from the Flour City to the world capital of photography and beyond. Products developed and manufactured in Rochester helped to transform the twentieth century, and now the Rochester area is positioned to be a center of innovation long into the future. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that in order to grow Rochester's economy, federal policies must protect American manufacturers and support the creation of more American jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector.
The businesses and workers responsible for building so much of America’s prosperity have been virtually abandoned by thirty years of misguided trade policy. Congresswoman Slaughter knows that we can’t put our economy at risk by making the same mistakes that have devastated manufacturers and the middle class in the past. Beginning with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, the United States has entered a series of free trade agreements that have not kept their promise of providing markets for American products. Instead, they gave other countries free rein to undercut our manufacturers with cheap labor and lax environmental standards. In the Rochester area alone, the number of manufacturing jobs has been cut in half since NAFTA was implemented. The congresswoman opposed NAFTA and subsequent free trade agreements and will continue to oppose any trade agreement that is a bad deal for U.S. manufacturers and workers.
- Oppose Fast Track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Congresswoman Slaughter opposes so-called “fast track” authority, a legislative procedure that amounts to nothing more than a rubber stamp for unwise trade agreements and prevents the people’s elected representatives from making any changes to prospective trade agreements. In 2015, President Obama stepped up his efforts to fast track the TPP, a free trade agreement between the United States and eleven countries around the Asia-Pacific Region. Fast track would prevent Congress from amending the agreement and force an up-or-down vote. Without congressional oversight, Congresswoman Slaughter believes the TPP will become the new NAFTA and will hurt American manufacturing jobs.
- Union and Worker Rights: Labor unions have played a vital role in creating the largest middle class in the world. Unions have fought for important workplace protections, increased wages, and ensured justice for workers. Congresswoman Slaughter continues to work alongside unions and other advocates to improve working conditions and salaries for America's working poor and middle class.
- Support Rochester Business and Technology: Investing in cutting-edge technology for U.S. manufacturers will help American businesses compete in the global economy. That is why the congresswoman is working closely with Eastman Business Park and local businesses and building support for research centers at Rochester’s world-class universities to develop groundbreaking innovations and create new jobs in fields such photonics and optics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.
- Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership: Congresswoman Slaughter fought for and helped win the Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region’s bid to become one of the first regions in the United States designated as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). The IMCP gives the region new tools to leverage economic development funds and will strengthen our competitiveness in attracting global investments.
- Reciprocal Market Access Act (RMAA): The bipartisan Reciprocal Market Access Act (RMAA) would require the reduction of foreign market barriers before decreasing U.S. tariffs, a move that would level the playing field for American workers and support American manufacturing jobs. The RMAA would enhance the tools available to our trade negotiators, ensuring that the U.S. is able to achieve real reciprocity in the international marketplace. This legislation, first introduced in 2007, would provide additional leverage for USTR to ensure that trade negotiations fully address the market access problems faced by U.S. producers.
- Keep America Secure Act: The congresswoman is the author of the Keep America Secure Act, a bill designed to rebuild our nation’s domestic electronics sector and strengthen our national defense network. The bill will provide a boost to American manufacturing while ensuring that our national security supply chain won’t be disrupted by foreign nations or other foreign actors.
- Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation: At the congresswoman’s behest, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced it would commit $110 million in federal funding to build an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation. To ensure that Rochester is the center of that institute, Congresswoman Slaughter brought together local and state stakeholders to coordinate a state-wide “concept paper” for the DOD’s consideration. On January 29, 2015, New York’s Rochester-led consortium became one of three finalists for the institute.
More on Trade and Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today released this statement after Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal from consideration as Secretary of the Department of Labor nominee:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that Jean Brumbley, a Brookings Legis Congressional Fellow with two decades of experience at the National Security Agency (NSA), has joined her Washington, DC office. Brumbley is joining the office as part of a one-year fellowship program at a time when cyber security issues will be at the forefront of the Congressional agenda. She is joined in the office by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Arthur H.
WASHINGTON, DC —Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump signing an executive order today formalizing that the United States will not continue to pursue membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that an RIT-led consortium has won a competition by the U.S. Department of Energy to headquarter a new public-private clean energy manufacturing institute. This institute will help further technologies designed to conserve energy and reduce emissions. As the winning consortium, it will match the federal award of $70 million for a total investment of at least $140 million.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) commented on the New York State Photonics Board of Officers’ announcement today that it has selected ON Semiconductor’s Eastman Business Park facility as the site for the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics’ Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility, the only such facility in the United States. This decision follows a nearly three month evaluation process conducted by the real estate services firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today delivered remarks as part of the 100th annual meeting of The Optical Society, which is being held in Rochester where it was founded. Approximately 1,000 attendees from all over the world attended, including students from East High School's optics program. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to support a Rochester Institute of Technology-led proposal for a new public-private clean energy manufacturing institute. College officials, on behalf of academic and industrial partners from around the country, submitted a proposal on September 28th under the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program to create a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) joined workers at PGM Corp. to call for a new direction in our country’s trade policy. Slaughter, a leading opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, unveiled the Trade Deficit Reduction Act, legislation that would change how we approach international trade to make it benefit our workers and manufacturers.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement on federal corruption charges filed today against SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros. Slaughter led a more than three-year effort to create the federal photonics institute and to ensure that Rochester became the consortium’s national headquarters. Kaloyeros has been suspended without pay and removed from his duties.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) commented on the New York State Photonics Board of Officers’ announcement today that it selected the real estate services firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank to evaluate possible sites for the American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics’ Testing, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility and that it has begun the process to secure site-neutral equipment including optical and fiber package gear.