Aggressive Enforcement of Trade Deals Needed to Support Michigan Workers, Kildee Says

Press Release

Date: May 13, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

WASHINGTON--Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today advocated for fair trade deals that allow Michigan workers to compete on a level playing field.

At a Ways and Means Committee hearing with U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai on the Biden administration's 2021 trade policy agenda, Kildee discussed strong enforcement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and China Phase One Agreement after reports of labor and human rights violations in Mexico and China. Kildee has forcefully spoken out about labor violations at a General Motors (GM) facility in Silao, Mexico, as well as human rights abuses happening in Xinjiang, China.

"American workers can compete with anyone if they are given a level playing field to do so," Congressman Kildee said. "Trade agreements only work when we properly enforce them. So when the Chinese government or corporations like General Motors commit human rights abuses or violate labor laws, we must act. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee who helped to author and strengthen labor provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, I was pleased to see the Biden administration and Ambassador Tai immediately act this week to initiate a Rapid Response Labor Mechanism dispute to enforce existing trade deals."

Congressman Kildee has been a fierce advocate for enforcing trade agreements that protect Michigan workers and businesses. Earlier this week, Kildee, along with members of the Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter to GM regarding disturbing reports of serious labor violations at their plant in Mexico.

Additionally, Kildee has repeatedly called attention to the harmful effects of China's trade policies on the polysilicon industry, which have resulted in thousands American jobs lost. Hemlock Semiconductor, a Michigan company that makes polysilicon used in computer chips and solar cells, has laid off 50 Michigan workers due to the former President's trade policies and failure to hold China accountable.