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Dirk Kempthorne on Free Trade


Double Idaho’s exports

The Advisory Committee on International Trade is working to develop a strategic plan to expand Idaho’s trading opportunities. We are making progress. When I took office, I challenged [our state government] to double the value of Idaho’s exports by the end of 2002. Since January of 1999, we’ve seen a 61-percent increase in export value - more than a billion dollars. Canada; Mexico; Asia - we’ve already been there. And we literally have kicked open the doors in these markets.
Source: State of the State address to the Idaho legislature Jan 8, 2001

Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority.

Vote to proceed to the bill which establishes negotiating objectives for trade agreements, and renews 'fast track' trade authority for the President, which allows Congress to adopt or to reject a proposed trade agreement, but not to amend it.
Bill S 1269 ; vote number 1997-294 on Nov 5, 1997

Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market.

Resolution supporting sanctions on Japanese products if car parts markets don't open up; and seeking sharp reductions in the trade imbalances in car sales and parts through elimination of restrictive Japanese market-closing practices.
Bill S Res 118 ; vote number 1995-158 on May 9, 1995

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