Driving the Week Recap: FTAs, A-PLUS

Thanks to the incredible work of conservatives like you, not only did the three free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama pass, but we’ve picked up co-sponsors on an important piece of legislation: the A-Plus Act.

Your encouragement led to no less than 12 Members of Congress switching their votes from a “no” to a “yes” on the agreement with South Korea.

And thanks to you, momentum is building behind the A-PLUS Act, which would allow states to opt out of federal education programs as they see fit so that they can better decide what’s best for their children. For too long, big-government, top-down education programs have ran up the national debt without raising test scores. A-PLUS is the first comprehensive reform that puts education back in the hands of state and local governments as well as parents so that children can succeed. We would like to thank the following Members of Congress for signing on to this important legislation:

The Senate:

• Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)

The House:

• Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)
• Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
• Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
• Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN)
• Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
• Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)

With your help, we’ll continue to hold Members of Congress accountable.

Related Links:
House FTAs:
South Korea


Senate FTAs:
South Korea


Please Share Your Thoughts

30 thoughts on “Driving the Week Recap: FTAs, A-PLUS

    • I agree, I did not want the Free Trade Agreement. I think it will only outsource more, much needed, jobs right here in our own country.

  1. What does the Free Trade agreement do for American workers and manufacturing in this country? We need to see what is in it. As I see it, all these agreements have accomplished in the past is cheap goods being imported and very little being exported that helps American workers. The farmers will benefit because we produce a large portion of food crops, but how about auto, steel, electronics, and other products that are historically produced cheaper overseas? I am all for free trade that is fair trade.

      • Thanks Nathanael. I trust Heritage to do their homework on this issue. I just hope they have not totally relied on government data to support the claim. Unfortunately, we can no longer rely on the truth from our government. Thank the good Lord for Heritage.

      • All I have seen is MILLIONS of good paying American manufacturing jobs EXPORTED, And an overbalance of oriental and mexican made junk being imported.
        How has exporting our jobs HELPED American workers? It has only helped the ex patriate so called “American” companies that don’t give a damn about American workers.
        Can you find a TV, stereo or computer that is Made in America? How much of your “American” car was actually made in America? How about your shoes, work boots or clothes? Where does your Steel come from? How about the American Aerospace industries? How many old names have disappeared since the beginning of the trade rip off deals?
        Such ‘heritage” statistics are nothing but manipulated numbers and LIES!
        I’m thoroughly SICK of these foreign jobs export deals and no one in congress who votes in favor of them deserves to continue breathing American air! Or to even continue breathing as far as I’m concerned.

      • Nathanael Yellis, Please answer this. Right after NAFTA was implemented I saw numerous factories that produced clothing and various items close down putting numerous workers in the unemployment line. We live in a rural area and in the neighboring towns we had about 10 companys close down after NAFTA was implemented.Why did it happened?

  2. We will never have free trade with the rest of the world as long a the UNION workers get as much an Hour as a foreign worker gets in a WEEK.

    • I fully agree with you. Unions and their workers are breaking America, due to being overpaid and we have to pay the Union their cut of the pie.

    • There is no “Free Trade”, except in the small minds of the clowns in DC. Every nation we deal with is ripping us off and they delight in doing so and laugh at how stupid we are. We need a leader that has the knowledge, experience and strenght to put an end to this “Free Trade” sharade. Running a restaurant is not sufficient experience to become President of the USA.

  3. Free trade has eroded America’s industrial base and, with it, our sovereignty. Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, are materially connected with the prosperity of manufactures. Every nation should try to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and defense.

    The US has the highest trade deficit of all countries in the world. The WTO is forcing the US to rewrite our tax laws to conform with their commands.

    Where will our jobs come from when we’re nothing but “consumers”? I think it’s time to rethink NAFTA and GATT!!

  4. Bill Clinton is a dumb ass man for starting the free trade he said it would be great for the country and would make jobs yell for other countries

  5. What has hurt our country,is high corporate taxes. Think about it,would you purchase a product at one location or down the street where it’s 25%cheaper ?

    • What REALLY hurt our country was the departure from a truly Constitutionally legal government in the early 1900’s… The 17th amendment needs repealing, theFed in completely unConstitutional by definition.
      Coporate taxes aren’t the major problem, Union artificially increased salaries/benefits raise the price of “Made in the USA” products noncompetitive in the world market. And don’t get me started with CEO salaries (especially those in the charity business:
      From an email: (not vetted as yet)

      As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind:
       The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was *$651,957* plus expenses
       The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a *$375,000 *base salary along with numerous expense benefits.
       UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives *$1,200,000 *per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.
       The *Salvation Army’s Commissioner* Todd Bassett receives a salary of only *$13,000 per year* (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
       The *American Legion National* Commander receives a *$0.00 zero *salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
       The *Veterans of Foreign Wars* National Commander receives a *$0.00 zero salary*. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
       The *Disabled American Veterans* National Commander receives a *$0.00 zero salary*. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
       The *Military Order of Purple Hearts *National Commander receives a *$0.00 zero salary*. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
       The *Vietnam Veterans Association* National Commander receives a *$0.00 zero salary*. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
      *No further comment is necessary*. Please share this with everyone you can.

  6. When I first read about this trade agreement…it was stated that the other countries would gain 200,000 jobs and America would get only 70,000. Does that sound good? NOOOOO.

  7. A Plus: Yes, the Constitution didn’t enumerate education as a duty of the Senate or Congress, so it is reserved to the State(s) and to The People.
    ANY trade agreements: NO! If this one needs to be explained to you, gentle reader, please start educating yourself… and NOT from main stream media sources, please.
    Our Forefathers tried to tell us that treaties with “foreign nations” were to be avoided as they would obligate us to their side, even if it was detrimental to us.

  8. Can a bill be introduced that will nullify Federal Education Programs?
    and while we’re at it can we abolish public unions completely?
    Wages should be subject to a vote on every town, county, city, and state election.
    A career in government service is not my idea of America!

  9. I wonder if the free trade agreements with S. Korea, Columbia and Panama require that these countries refrain from currency manipulation…currency manipulation is NOT free trade. Also do they have nonreciprocal features allowing them higher tariffs than us…until tariffs disappear. Where are these agreements so that American citizens can view them firsthand or are they so complicated and lengthy that is not feasible…but if that is the case, they should be invalidated….anything that is so long and complicated as to be opaque to the average citizen has no place in a Democracy…like ObamaCare !

  10. Unions and goverment regulation sent all our jobs over seas!!!
    We will have no jobs until these two things are taken care of.
    The unions asked for one thing , got it or went on a strike until they got their way,, just kept up until wages and prices sky rocketed and they still are not satisfied, want more and more!!!

  11. Why am I not surprised that no congressman or senator from Hawaii voted for this bill? They are all admitted Socialists and always vote against us. The want to allow illegal immigrants, and believe it or not, they have always allowed cars passing on the right. Do you want to know how they keep getting re-elected? They keep getting us free gov’t money. Our Sen. Inouye brags about being the top “heavy lifter” (money getter) in politics. Fair trade is good, our tax on them is the same as their tax on us. “free trade” let’s them tax us more than we tax them that’s what Obama is pushing.

  12. Unions seem to be like a hybrid race of beings with superior attitude and a written right to strip the carcass of any employers they ever worked for. Unconcerned about the plight of ally hard working species in attitude, they seem unconcern about the threats that could plunge us all into another dark ages.

    Mankind used to have a gene of compassion for fellow man and a sense of how to help those who were in hard times without the appearance of charity that would preserve the dignity of those being helped. Unions seem to believe that welfare is fine as long as the funds come from someone elses pockets.

    We celebrate the working people of this nation each September with a day off to be with family and friends. Unions were a significant part of the workforce that gave us some of the best efforts in protecting this nation in the last century with aircraft, ships, tanks, uniforms and other items that represented us well against the enemy.

    In my 6 decades, it seems that most unions have marched to a drummer of a different message and have tested the metal of companies who wobbled under the the weight of union weight and mandates. Many who survived have moved away to countries with less regulation and less conflict with worker’s representation.

    With all the skills that unions bring to the table of the world’s workforces, why is it that if unions operated the Titanic, they would have exclusive right to a place in the lifeboats ahead of the passengers?

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