Joe Biden to speak in San Diego about trade


WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 24: Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the CBC Spouses 17th Annual Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts at the Nuseum Museum on September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

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SAN DIEGO — Joe Biden will tout the record of President Barack Obama’s administration on trade enforcement in a speech in San Diego on Wednesday, the vice president’s office announced Monday.

Speaking at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, Biden will say that the administration has brought more trade enforcement cases at the World Trade Organization since 2009 than any other WTO member, and has won all that have been decided, according to Biden’s office. The victories have helped remove trade barriers and increase export opportunities worth billions of dollars to American workers, farmers, and businesses, his office said.

The administration has issued more than 300 antidumping and countervailing duty orders, launched the first labor rights case under a free trade agreement, and signed into law bipartisan customs legislation that provides additional tools and bolsters resources for trade enforcement efforts, according to Biden’s office.

Biden also plans to discuss actions that can further level the playing field for American workers and businesses, his office said.

Trade has emerged as a major issue in the presidential campaign, with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump taking a protectionist stance by blasting the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton supports free trade in general and has backed NAFTA, which was signed into law in 1993 by her husband, Bill Clinton. She initially supported the TPP negotiations but said she opposes the final product.

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