CATO INSTITUTE: Schumer Vs. Reid on Trade Policy

03/30/2015

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By K. WILLIAM WATSON | 3/27/15 2:51PM | Source: CATO INSTITUTE 

Schumer Vs. Reid on Trade Policy

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016, and his most likely successor is Chuck Schumer (D-NY). No doubt a lot will be said by journalists and commentators about what this transition means for policy and politics.

If you want to get an idea of what that change might mean for U.S. trade policy in the long run, you should take a look at Cato’s congressional trade votes database—Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the Congress.

Throughout his career, Reid has been a staunch opponent of trade liberalization. He has voted in favor of market-distorting subsidies and tariffs at almost every opportunity:

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