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March 17, 2021

Throughout her career, Katharine Tai has proven herself to be a tough negotiator and a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about how trade policies impact workers and their communities. Most recently, as chief counsel on international trade issues for Democrats on the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, she played a key role in the USMCA negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration. She was instrumental in securing provisions that eliminated special deals for pharmaceutical companies and provided new enforcement provisions for the deal’s labor protections. The result of her commitment to fighting for workers resulted in a trade deal with modest improvements over NAFTA for working people in all three countries under this agreement. 

While the USMCA was an improvement from our past trade policies, we must do more to ensure that our trade policies raise standards for workers. Katherine Tai is the right person to reform misguided trade policies that have cost millions of good American jobs because she understands what unfair trade is doing to U.S workers and has a forward-looking vision of building a new trade model that benefits working people and our planet. Her expertise in trade policy combined with her ability to work across constituency groups will better position us to ensure a trade policy that is fair to U.S. workers. 

This is Good for working people.

Vote result:

YEAs: 98 | NAYs: 0
Legislator Sort descending State Party Vote
Sen. Tammy Baldwin WI Democrat Yes
Sen. John Barrasso WY Republican Yes
Sen. Michael Bennet CO Democrat Yes
Sen. Marsha Blackburn TN Republican Yes
Sen. Richard Blumenthal CT Democrat Yes
Sen. Roy Blunt MO Republican Yes
Sen. Cory Booker NJ Democrat Yes
Sen. John Boozman AR Republican Yes
Sen. Mike Braun IN Republican Yes
Sen. Sherrod Brown OH Democrat Yes
Sen. Richard M. Burr NC Republican Yes
Sen. Maria Cantwell WA Democrat Yes
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito WV Republican Yes
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin MD Democrat Yes
Sen. Thomas R. Carper DE Democrat Yes
Sen. Bob Casey PA Democrat Yes
Sen. Bill Cassidy LA Republican Yes
Sen. Susan Collins ME Republican Yes
Sen. Christopher A. Coons DE Democrat Yes
Sen. John Cornyn TX Republican Yes