Who Are the Real Free Traders in Congress?
Who in Congress supports international trade free of market-distorting barriers and subsidies? In a comprehensive survey of trade-related votes in the 108th Congress, the Cato Institute identifies the 25 representatives and 24 senators who voted most consistently against trade barriers and against trade subsidies such as the Market Access Program. The study also examines “career” voting records going back to NAFTA. At this event, a free-trade senator and representative will explain why they reject both pro-subsidy internationalism and anti-trade isolationism. The study’s author will then discuss the implications for trade policy in the 109th Congress.