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Will Congress forget to renew an important free-trade program?

*Randy Loayza cowrote this piece. While NAFTA renegotiations and adjacent bilateral trade disputes have dominated the current discourse on trade policy, the future of the less-discussed Generalized System of Preferences looks …

Suniva and Whirlpool trade cases clearly show safeguard laws are broken

In August, President Trump reportedly told his top advisers to “bring me tariffs.” Perhaps the president was envisioning tariffs on steel or automobiles, but he will soon have …

The winners in the modern economy won’t be protection seekers

After determining that increased imports of washing machines and component parts are causing “serious injury” to the American washing-machine industry, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has …

USTR Comments: Re: Potential Action: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products)

  The Hon. Robert Lighthizer United States Trade Representative The Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20006 Re: Potential Action: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not …

Letter: Excise Tax on Foreign Affiliates Would Substantially Raise Insurance Costs

Dear Chairmen Brady and Hatch, It has been more than 30 years since tax reform was on the national agenda, so the opportunity for fundamental reform presented during this …

Don’t let a potential trade violation block tax reform

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. The House Ways and Means Committee is set to do its part this week in marking up …

Letter: We Urge USTR Negotiators, Congress to Consider These Points During NAFTA Negotiations

Ambassador Lighthizer, Chairmen Brady and Hatch, and Ranking Members Neal and Wyden, Over the 23 years since its inception, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has proven to …

Beyond NAFTA: Trade Policy and Enforcement in the Trump Administration

Open Letter to President Trump: Avoid Trade Restrictions on Solar Panels

Dear President Trump, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, we urge you to reject any trade restrictions in Inv. No. TA-201-075 (Safeguard). If trade restrictions …

Anxiety over NAFTA causing slide of the peso, and an increase in imports from Mexico

President Donald Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have made reducing the trade deficit a central focus of the in-progress renegotiation of the North American Free Trade …

The way farm subsidies work makes no sense

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Research Assistant Randy Loayza. The Trump administration has oscillated in recent weeks between pledging to renegotiate and threatening to withdraw from NAFTA. This back …

Broken trade laws and rising protectionism: Whirlpool fights imports, but who are they really helping?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Brandon Arnold, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. According to a recent ruling by the International Trade Commission, imported residential washing …

Rural poverty, farm subsidies and the way forward

Rural voters formed a core constituency in President Donald Trump’s surprising win in the 2016 presidential election. In part by tapping into economic anxieties in rural areas, candidate …

Suniva ITC Remedy Filing

Re: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street …

Letter: Include Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization package

Members of the House of Representatives, On behalf of the R Street Institute, I write to strongly encourage you to include the bipartisan Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization …

Is the sun rising on solar protectionism?

Suniva Inc.—a Chinese-owned, Atlanta-based and bankrupt solar firm—filed a petition in May 2017 with the International Trade Commission seeking import relief. Eventually joined in the petition by another …

Solar panels, washing machines and free-trade cronyism

What does Suniva (a bankrupt, Atlanta-based, Chinese-owned solar firm founded in 2007) have in common with Whirlpool (a company founded in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1911)? On first blush, …

‘Bring me some tariffs’?

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Electricity Policy Manager Devin Hartman.  Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised a bold new trade agenda for the United …

Open Letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission: Avoid Tariffs on Solar Panels

Dear Members of the United States International Trade Commission, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, we urge you to reject the relief requested by Suniva …

Trump is dangerously close to abdicating economic leadership on trade in the Pacific

President Donald Trump's complaints about China, Mexico, and other nations with whom the United States has a bilateral trade deficit date back decades before the 2016 presidential campaign. …

With Steve Bannon out, Trump’s White House still isn’t pro-free trade

President Donald Trump's recent decision to part ways with chief strategist Steve Bannon — until now, the White House's leading voice of so-called "economic nationalism" — has been …

Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase

The Hon. Lisa R. Barton Secretary to the Commission U.S. International Trade Commission 500 E Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20436 Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street Institute, a pragmatic free-market …

Congress should stop states from taxing and regulating beyond their own borders

The following op-ed was co-authored by Peter O'Rourke, a research assistant with the R Street Institute. Nearly 230 years after the Constitution's ratification, we are still debating the …

Farm subsidies are stifling free trade

Every five years or so, Congress and well-connected agricultural lobbyists begin drafting a new Farm Bill. The inevitable spending bonanza they come up with is nearly always a …

The moral case for free trade

Make no mistake: The facts are on the side of free trade. There’s a reason it receives nearly universal support from professional economists — a notoriously disagreeable bunch …

Curbing agricultural subsidies to open international markets

The political fight over agricultural protectionism in Western capitalist democracies began in earnest with the British Parliament's passage of the Corn Laws in 1815. These laws erected tariffs …

Testimony to USTR on NAFTA renegotiation

Chairman Gresser and members of the Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My …

R Street comments on NAFTA renegotiation

Founded in 2012, the R Street Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit pragmatic free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. We support limited but effective government. We believe that …

A solar energy trade war may be looming

A petition recently filed with the International Trade Commission by an Atlanta-based solar manufacturer could cause solar prices in the United States to skyrocket, raising thorny questions for …

Congress should act to stop states from battling over online sales taxes

In recent years, a multitude of states have attempted to impose sales taxes on purchases made over the internet and to set regulatory standards that would apply to …

Wanted: A few good free-traders

On almost no other issue has President Trump's public position been more consistent than the subject of trade. The president has been making claims about the failure of …

Make the CFPB accountable by increasing presidential power

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the brainchild of then-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren  created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as part of the Dodd-Frank Act—may finally …

Trump is quietly waging a nontariff trade war

Trade policy emanating from the Trump administration over the past month has been dizzying. From the fairly standard, if regrettable, enforcement actions taken by the United States Commerce …

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