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.
- American Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) Photonics: At the congresswoman’s behest, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced it would commit $110 million in federal funding to build an advanced manufacturing institute focused on integrated photonics as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA. In July 2015, after more than three years of the congresswoman's tireless advocating for a photonics institute to be headquartered in Rochester, AIM Photonics was awarded to a Rochester-led national consortium – with over $600 million in federal, state, and industry funding. The $250 million in state funding the congresswoman secured for AIM Photonics is being used to establish the institute’s Testing, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester at the Eastman Business Park.
- Reducing Embodied energy And Decreasing Emissions (Remade): In January 2017 the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a RIT-led consortium $70 million in federal funding for new Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute focused on manufacturing sustainability – total investments for the institute will be over $140 million. The congresswoman has supported RIT’s sustainable manufacturing efforts since the inception of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) in 1990, which was critical to the RIT-led winning proposal. The congresswoman is committed to a cleaner, more sustainable future, and knows Rochester will be leading the way.
More on Trade and Manufacturing
Rochester, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today congratulated Edward “Ed” White, associate vice president of Test, Assembly and Packaging and corporate outreach for AIM Photonics, on being named chair of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) Steering Committee. The NPI is an alliance of scientists and industry members that raise awareness of photonics, an industry that supports more than 17,000 jobs in the Rochester region and plays a crucial role in New York’s high-tech economy.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced that Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract of up to $255 million from the Department of Defense to provide its Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) “Manpack” radio system for the United States Special Operations Command. Slaughter fought relentlessly to change military acquisition policies and end no-bid military contracts so that innovative companies like Harris could compete and win.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) pushed United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to completely overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the Trump Administration moves forward with rewriting this failed trade agreement. Slaughter’s call follows the administration’s Federal Register notice for comments as this process gets underway.
ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today introduced the Trade Enforcement and Trade Deficit Reduction Act to change how we approach international trade and give American workers and manufacturers the tools they need to compete on a level playing field around the globe. Slaughter has long been considered a leader on fair trade issues, and this bill continues her efforts to rebuild America’s manufacturing base.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration sending Congress a notification letter today that it plans to start negotiations with Canada and Mexico to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As ranking member of the House Committee on Rules, Slaughter serves as a member of the House Advisory Group on Negotiations (HAGON). The HAGON group is required by statute to be consulted with prior to and during negotiations of trade agreements.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s address to Congress tonight. Rochester resident Jonathan Siegel attended the president’s address as her guest to highlight how health care reform has expanded and improved health care for millions of Americans.
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):