March 16, 2010

Wyden, Stabenow and Brown Tapped For Seats on President's Export Council

Senators Will Advise Obama on Ways to Boost Exports and Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC - Seeking the Senate's leading voices for lifting U.S. exports to create 2 million jobs as part of an economic recovery strategy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appointed U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to seats on the President's Export Council. Senators Wyden and Stabenow currently influence international trade policy from their positions on the Senate Committee on Finance Committee and its Subcommittee on Trade and Global Competitiveness, which is chaired by Wyden.

"If we're going to bring our economy around and create jobs, America is going to need a coherent strategy to boost American exports," said Wyden. "On the President's Export Council, I'll take up the challenge that he laid out for us: to double our country's exports within five years and increase the number of small businesses that can sell goods and services overseas."

"I am very pleased to be appointed to President Obama's Export Council where I will be a voice for manufacturers and workers on international trade issues. We need to be exporting our products, not our jobs. Yet too many American companies are currently put at a disadvantage by countries that cheat," said Stabenow. "Without addressing the needs of American manufacturers in our trade policies, we will continue to lose millions of jobs to countries like China, which manipulates its currency and blocks our exports. I look forward to working with the President to develop a clear manufacturing strategy that ensures our workers are making things here and can successfully export abroad."

"An aggressive export strategy will help revitalize American manufacturing," Sherrod Brown said. "Ohio's entrepreneurs and business owners produce high-quality goods and cutting-edge technologies that should be sold around the world. As we rebuild our economy, we need to ensure that our nation's companies have access to a global market. That means we enforce trade laws and help American manufacturers export to new markets. This will help small businesses generate sales, create jobs, and strengthen communities across our state. "

The President's Export Council (PEC) is the principal national advisory committee on international trade. The Council advises the President of government policies and programs that affect U.S. trade performance; promotes export expansion; and provides a forum for discussing and resolving trade-related problems among the business, industrial, agricultural, labor, and government sectors.

Five United States Senators and five members of the House of Representatives are appointed to the Council by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, respectively. The Secretaries of Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Labor, State, and Treasury; the Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration are also members of the Council.