Trade & Global Opportunity

An open global economy boosts U.S. growth, supports good jobs, and enhances the buying power of American consumers. PPI advances policies that help American producers and workers to tap into global commerce, while assuring that trade’s substantial benefits are more broadly shared.

Publications

By / 1.16.2019

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution sets out Congress’s job description on international trade, empowering it “to lay and collect . . . duties” and “to regulate commerce with foreign nations.” For the past two years, Congress hasn’t been doing its job. Instead, it’s stood by while President Trump has hijacked its constitutional trade […]

By and / 11.14.2018

The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a national opinion survey that highlights the surprising resilience of America’s pragmatic political center two years into Donald Trump’s deeply polarizing presidency. The poll reinforces a key takeaway from the 2018 midterm elections: Suburban voters – especially women – are repelled by the president’s racial and cultural demagoguery […]

By / 6.20.2018

A Smarter Strategy for Securing America’s Innovation Edge In early April, reportedly after “zero substantive internal debate,” President Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to consider imposing additional tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese products. Trump’s order claimed that new tariffs were needed to retaliate against China’s threatened retaliation for tariffs that Trump had announced […]

Press

By / 1.30.2019

WASHINGTON— Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act: PPI welcomes the introduction of the Congressional Trade Authority Act by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Michael Gallagher (R-WI) and Senators […]

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]

By / 10.22.2018

‘We lost $817 billion a year, over the last number of years, in trade,” President Trump said at a summer rally. “In other words, if we didn’t trade, we’d save a hell of a lot of money.” Mr. Trump’s bombast has flipped the Republican pro-trade script. For Democrats, this change offers a significant political opening […]

Blog

By / 12.2.2019

Despite all his bluster, the “Trump Trade Deficit” widened to a new record in the third quarter of 2019.  The non-oil merchandise trade deficit hit $1.047 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, in 2012 dollars (annual rate). That’s according to PPI calculations based on new data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on […]

By / 10.9.2018

Donald Trump huffed, and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow NAFTA down. Like the Big Bad Wolf in the fairy tale, President Trump presumed that NAFTA — which he’s called the “worst trade deal ever” — would collapse before his bluster like a house of straw. Trump’s bombast may have knocked a few shingles off the agreement’s […]

By / 10.4.2018

Democrats, like progressive parties across the transatlantic world, are struggling to find an answer to populist nationalism. Could that answer lie in reviving another old political creed, socialism? Some young Democratic activists, inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, are flirting with “democratic socialism.” But they have nothing on Britain’s Labour Party, which consummated its on-again relationship […]